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Skin mites that mate on our faces at night are slowly merging with humans

If you’re reading this, you’re probably not alone. Most people on Earth are habitats for dust mites, which spend the majority of their brief lives buried, headfirst, in our hair follicles, mostly on the face. In fact, humans are the only habitat for Follicular demodex. They are born on us, they feed on us, they …

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Shuyu 3D Puzzle

419 Million Year Old Chinese Fossil Shows Human Middle Ear Evolved From Fish Gills

Shuyu’s 3D puzzle. Credit: IVPP The human middle ear, home to three tiny vibrating bones, is essential for carrying sound vibrations into the inner ear, where they become nerve impulses that allow us to hear. Embryonic and fossil evidence proves that the human middle ear evolved from the spiracle of fish. However, the origin of …

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NASA puts Artemis lunar rocket through crucial pace ahead of launch

Watch the latest pre-launch test of the Artemis moon rocket

The fourth attempt at a final pre-launch test began on Saturday, with refueling of the rocket due to begin Monday morning. The crucial test, known as the wet dress rehearsal, simulates every stage of the launch without the rocket leaving the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This process includes loading supercold propellant, …

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Composition of the asteroid psyche

Incredible New Maps of Asteroid Psyche Reveal an Ancient World of Metal and Rock

Astronomers at MIT and elsewhere have mapped the composition of asteroid Psyche, revealing a surface of metal, sand and rock. Credit: Screenshot courtesy of NASA Asteroid Psyche’s varied surface suggests a dynamic history, which could include metallic eruptions, asteroid tremor impacts, and a lost rocky mantle. Later this year,[{” attribute=””>NASA is set to launch a …

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Deep underground experiment results confirm an anomaly: possible new fundamental physics

New results from the Baksan Barren Transitions Experiment (BEST) confirm an anomaly suggesting a new physical possibility. Neutrino sterile, fundamentals of physics among the interpretations of abnormal results. New scientific results confirm an anomaly found in previous experiments, which could point to a new yet unconfirmed elementary particle, the sterile neutrino, or indicate the need …

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Visiting Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft observes asteroid Bennu’s “Body Armor”

The remarkable terrain of the Bennu asteroid. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Asteroid Bennu’s boulder-covered surface gives it protection against small meteoroid impacts, according to crater observations by[{” attribute=””>NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx traveled to near-Earth asteroid Bennu and is bringing a small sample back to Earth for …

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off for a record 13th time on June 17, 2022.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched for 13th time, setting reuse record

SpaceX launched one of its Falcon 9 rockets for the 13th time today (June 17), setting a new reuse record. The two-stage Falcon 9 lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida today at 12:09 p.m. EDT (1609 GMT), carrying 53 of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites into orbit. It was the first of three …

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Harvesting Coherent Matter Waves

Physicists are building an atomic laser that can stay on forever

Physicists at the University of Amsterdam are building an atom laser that can stay on indefinitely. Credit: UVA Nowadays, imagining our daily life without lasers is difficult. Lasers are used in printers, CD players, measuring devices, pointers, etc. What makes lasers so special is that they use coherent light waves: all the light inside a …

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