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A Flurry of Tiny Moons Around Jupiter

If you ranked the planets of the solar system by the number of their moons, Jupiter would reign.Jupiter, the biggest planet in our cosmic neighborhood—and perhaps the most photogenic one—is circled by a surfeit of objects. Some of them are truly massive, veritable worlds of their own, li...

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Among the moons is Valetudo, which appears to have smashed into several of Jupiter’s large moons and broken them apart.

Credit: Roberto Molar-Candanosa, courtesy of Carnegie Institution for Science.A newly discovered moon around Jupiter — spotted traveling in a strange orbit — likely crashed into some of the gas giant's other satellites long ago, transforming a few worlds into many. The m...

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Opinion: Data isn’t the new oil — it’s the new nuclear power

Data is a valuable, powerful commodity — but unlike oil, it is unlimited in quantity and in its capacity for harm, says technology thinker James Bridle. The phrase “data is the new oil” was apparently coined in 2006 by Clive Humby, the British mathematician and architect of the Tes...

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A leading researcher suggests the Red Planet’s harsh atmosphere means its surface might not be the most likely place to find the building blocks for life.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSIf we're looking for life on Mars, start underground. That's the exhortation from a leading researcher who recently led a paper on organics compounds on Mars. Organic compounds containing carbon, hydrogen, and other molecules such as nitrogen are common...

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The water conservation technology appears less sustainable than previously thought.

Credit: Sandi Hemmerlein/AvoidingRegret.comA new research paper published today in the journal Nature Sustainability throws some shade on a famous — well, relatively famous — water conservation technology. In 2015, in the midst of a severe drought, California officials d...

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Humanity is more important than money — it’s time for capitalism to get an upgrade

What capitalism prioritizes, the world does more of. So how can we change capitalism so that it focuses on what humans really want and need? Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has a surprising proposal. Think of the activities on the list below: Parenting or caring for loved ones Teaching or nurturing childre...

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The Farcical Battle Over What to Call Lab-Grown Meat

On Thursday, in a small but packed auditorium, the FDA convened a public meeting about lab-grown meat—but you wouldn’t have known that if you were listening for those words. According to the FDA, it was actually about “foods produced using animal-cell culture technology.”And...

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Tiny Cosmic Particle Delivers Major Breakthrough in Astronomy

One of the fundamental particles that makes up the universe is also one of the most mysterious.Neutrinos, Italian for “little neutral one,” are everywhere. They emerged soon after the Big Bang, and, later on, from black holes, exploding stars, the nuclear reaction that fuels our sun, eve...

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‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, remembers asking an undergraduate seminar recently, “How many of you are waiting to find your passion?”“Almost all of them raised their hand and got dreamy looks in their eyes,” she told me. They talked about it &ldq...

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Elevated CO2 levels in the atmosphere could be reducing the medicinal properties of the milkweed plants that monarchs eat.

Credit: Austin Thomason/Michigan PhotographyA troubling ecology study published this week contains some bad news for monarch butterflies … and maybe humans, too. According to new research conducted at the University of Michigan, elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide a...


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