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5 big things we thought we’d get but didn’t

Apple’s virtual event kicked off Tuesday with the launch of four new iPhone 12s with 5G and potentially massive camera improvements, plus HomePod Mini speaker. However, not every buzzy new…

NASA expert identifies mystery object once thought an asteroid

The jig may be up for an “asteroid” that’s expected to get nabbed by Earth’s gravity and become a mini moon next month. Instead of a cosmic rock, the newly…

How Andrea Ghez Won the Nobel for an Experiment Nobody Thought Would Work

Standing in my office 25 years ago was an unknown, newly minted astronomer with a half-smile on her face. She had come with an outrageous request—really a demand—that my team…

A Major Bitcoin Exchange Is In Even Worse Trouble Than Thought

The bitcoin and cryptocurrency world was rocked last week by news U.S. authorities had levied charges against major bitcoin and crypto exchange BitMEX and its leadership team. BitMEX executives Arthur…

Larger part of the Amazon at risk of crossing tipping point than previously thought — ScienceDaily

A larger part of the Amazon rainforest is at risk of crossing a tipping point where it could become a savanna-type ecosystem than previously thought, according to new research. The…

First burial of its kind in mid-Thames region suggests it was more important than previously thought — ScienceDaily

Archaeologists have uncovered a warrior burial in Berkshire that could change historians’ understanding of southern Britain in the early Anglo-Saxon era. The burial, on a hilltop site near with commanding…

Lidar study suggests carbon storage losses greater than thought in Amazon due to losses at edge of forests

Graphic summary of the main results found in the work. Credit: Celso H. L. Silva Junior An international team of researchers has found that carbon sequestering losses in the Amazon…

Recent findings suggest the repeated evolution of similar traits in island lizards was not channelled by developmental responses to the environment, as commonly thought — ScienceDaily

Scientists have challenged a popular theory behind the evolution of similar traits in island lizards, in a study published recently in eLife. The findings in Greater Antillean Anolis lizards provide…

Tree rings show scale of Arctic pollution is worse than previously thought — ScienceDaily

The largest-ever study of tree rings from Norilsk in the Russian Arctic has shown that the direct and indirect effects of industrial pollution in the region and beyond are far…

The male Y chromosome does more than we thought — ScienceDaily

New light is being shed on a little-known role of Y chromosome genes, specific to males, that could explain why men suffer differently than women from various diseases, including Covid-19.…