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James Webb Space Telescope coverage wins Pulitzer Prize for science writer Natalie Wolchover and Quanta

James Webb Space Telescope coverage wins Pulitzer Prize for science writer Natalie Wolchover and Quanta

Science writer Natalie Wolchover has received a 2022 Pulitzer Prize for her work at Quanta Magazine explaining the intricate story of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which launched in December. Wolchover is a senior writer and editor for Quanta who has been there since the magazine’s inception in 2013. From 2010 to 2012, she was …

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A rare, 5-planet alignment will take over the sky this month. Here's how to catch a glimpse

A rare, 5-planet alignment will take over the sky this month. Here’s how to catch a glimpse

Don’t forget to look up this weekend to see the start of a rare, five-planet alignment grace the night sky.The five planets of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will align in planetary order this month. This rare phenomenon has not occurred since December 2004, and this year, the distance between Mercury and Saturn will …

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Oldest shoe in Norway, dating to 3,000 years ago, recovered from melting ice patch

Oldest shoe in Norway, dating to 3,000 years ago, recovered from melting ice patch

The oldest shoe in Norway — a 3,000-year-old bootie from the Bronze Age — is just one of thousands of ancient artifacts that were recovered from the country’s melting mountain ice patches in the past two decades, according to a new report from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Unlike objects trapped in …

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An artist's impression of NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft with Earth in the background

NASA’s Juno spacecraft skims Jupiter’s clouds in new clip

Ride on a flyby of Jupiter! NASA’s Juno spacecraft soars just 2,000 miles above the gas giant’s cloud tops in fascinating clip NASA’s new clip shows Juno’s 41st close flyby of Jupiter, occurring on April 9  At its closest point, Juno was just over 2,050 miles above Jupiter’s cloud tops Juno launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida …

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A new 'super Earth' that is four times bigger than our own planet has been spotted orbiting a star just 36.5 light-years away. The exoplanet Ross 508b was discovered in the habitable zone of a faint red dwarf. Pictured is an artist's impression of a super Earth orbiting a red dwarf

‘Super Earth’ exoplanet four times bigger than our planet is discovered

Meet Ross 508b: Scientists discover a ‘SUPER EARTH’ exoplanet four times bigger than our own planet orbiting a star 36.5 light-years away New ‘super Earth’ that is four times bigger than our own planet has been spotted The exoplanet, named Ross 508b, is orbiting a star that is 36.5 light-years away Previous research suggests the …

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Putting the theory of special relativity into practice, by counting galaxies

Putting the theory of special relativity into practice, by counting galaxies

This image made from a composite of September 2003–January 2004 photos captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows nearly 10,000 galaxies in the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos, cutting across billions of light-years. Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), HUDF Team Scientists who study the cosmos have a favorite philosophy known as the …

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What's it like to be on Venus or Pluto? We studied their sand dunes and found some clues.

What’s it like to be on Venus or Pluto? We studied their sand dunes and found some clues.

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Andrew Gunn (opens in new tab), Lecturer, Monash University What is it like to be on the surface of Mars or Venus? Or even further afield, such as on Pluto, or Saturn’s moon Titan? …

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Unknown structure in galaxy revealed by high contrast imaging

Unknown structure in galaxy revealed by high contrast imaging

Artist’s impression of a giant galaxy with a high-energy jet. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) As a result of achieving high imaging dynamic range, a team of astronomers in Japan has discovered for the first time a faint radio emission covering a giant galaxy with an energetic black hole at its center. The radio emission is released …

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Scientists Have Figured Out Why Childbirth Became So Complex and Dangerous

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 300,000 people die every year due to pregnancy-related causes. A study finds that complex human childbirth and cognitive abilities are a result of walking upright. Childbirth in humans is much more complex and painful than in great apes. It was long believed that this was a result of …

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