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Paleo Profile: The Climbing Dwarf

Beautiful fossils offer a rare look at what covered the bodies of some of our protomammal relatives -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


A Dwarf Mongoose Playing Dead Is Hilarious and Impressive at the Same Time

A capricious dwarf mongoose has gone viral for playing dead around an unsuspecting yellow-billed hornbill bird in a clip filmed in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa. In the Safari Live video, the mongoose approaches the hornbill only to turn around and faint, appearing to fake its death wh...


The red dwarf star came closer than 1 light-year to the sun 70,000 years ago.

Credit: José A. Peñas/SINCSome distant objects in our solar system bear the gravitational imprint of a small star's close flyby 70,000 years ago, when modern humans were already walking the Earth, a new study suggests. In 2015, a team of researchers announced that a re...


The planets orbit a red dwarf star called K2-155, located 200 light-years from Earth.

Credit: Tokyo Institute of TechnologyResearchers have discovered 15 new planets around cool stars known as red dwarfs, and one of those planets might be able to host liquid water on its surface. In a new study, the researchers combined space telescope data with follow-up ground inve...


Water on dwarf planet Ceres is driving an active surface

Growing patches of ice and minerals associated with liquid water reveal that the dwarf planet Ceres is still evolving.


Dwarf planetary systems will transform the hunt for alien life

It would be disappointing and surprising if Earth were the only template for habitability in the Universe. Read More


Dwarf planet Ceres' bright spots suggest an ancient ocean

NEW ORLEANS — The dwarf planet Ceres' famous bright spots suggest that the gray, crater-laden world is surprisingly active, a new study reports.


Dwarf Mongooses Struggle to Fit In and Dig In

These mammals cannot eat a lot of food when they are on their own, and spend months integrating into new groups before gaining weight. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Dwarf planet Ceres may have had a global ocean in ancient past

Nestled in the asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres contains water-rich materials that suggest it once boasted a global ocean in its distant past.


Astronomers have found a dusty ring around Proxima Centari, which might mean Proxima b isn’t the only planet orbiting the red dwarf star that lies 4.2 light years from Earth.

Credit: ESO/M. KornmesserThe nearest alien planet to Earth may not be an only child. Astronomers have spotted a dusty ring around the nearby star Proxima Centauri, hinting at the existence of other planets in addition to the famous Proxima b, a new study reports. "This result s...

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