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Two Genes Crucial for Plants Colonizing the Earth 470 Million Ago Have Been Identified

Scientists believe it likely that the two genes, PEN1 and SYP122, paved the way for all terrestrial plant life.Researchers shed new light on how plant life became established on the surface of the EarthResearchers from the University of Copenhagen have shed new light on how plant life got established on the surface of our planet.…

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NSF Research Traineeship program expands to include 43 states

The U.S. National Science Foundation announced 22 new awards through its NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program. The $58 million investment, including $6.9 million of support from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, expands the program to comprise 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This NSF program supports graduate students,…

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Watch private freighter leave space station early Tuesday for fiery death

Home News Spaceflight A private cargo spacecraft will leave the International Space Station (ISS) early Tuesday (June 28), and you can watch its departure live.Northop Grumman’s robotic Cygnus freighter is scheduled to undock from the orbiting lab at 6:05 a.m. EDT (1005) Tuesday. Watch it live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA, or directly via…

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House appropriators partially restore funding for planetary defense mission

by Jeff Foust — June 27, 2022 House appropriators partially restored funding for the NEO Surveyor mission in the report accompanying its fiscal year 2023 spending bill, calling on NASA to launch the mission before 2028. Credit: NASA/JPL WASHINGTON — House appropriators partially restored funding for a planetary defense mission as part of a spending…

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Bruce’s Beach was stolen a century ago. It’s finally been returned.

ByAlison Bethel McKenziePublished June 27, 2022• 10 min readWhen Kavon Ward walks onto Bruce’s Beach in Manhattan Beach, a wealthy, predominately white coastal enclave in southern California, she keeps her focus on the ocean. Looking elsewhere gets her blood boiling.“I feel disgusted. When I look straight ahead into the water I am fine, but when…

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Sea dragons’ genes give clues to their distinctive looks

Credit: Shutterstock Even with plenty of fish in the sea, sea dragons stand out from the crowd. The funky, fabulous fish are bedecked with ruffly leaf-like adornments. Their spines are kinked. They’re missing their ribs and their teeth. And the responsibility of pregnancy is taken on by the males. By sequencing the genomes of two…

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A genome and gene catalog of glacier microbiomes

Zawierucha, K. & Shain, D. H. Disappearing Kilimanjaro snow—are we the last generation to explore equatorial glacier biodiversity? Ecol. Evol. 9, 8911–8918 (2019).PubMed  PubMed Central  Google Scholar  Hodson, A. et al. Glacial ecosystems. Ecol. Monogr. 78, 41–67 (2008). Google Scholar  Anesio, A. M., Lutz, S., Chrismas, N. A. M. & Benning, L. G. The microbiome…

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Global Warming Causes Fewer Tropical Cyclones

Global warming is making the atmosphere more hostile to the formation of tropical cyclones. By the early 2010s there were about 13 percent fewer storms across all oceans than there were in the late 19th century, according to a new study published on Monday in Nature Climate Change. But having fewer hurricanes and typhoons does…

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The effect of breast cancer screening is declining

Screening for breast cancer has a cost. This is shown by a Danish/Norwegian study that analysed 10,580 breast cancer deaths among Norwegian women aged 50 to 75 years. “The beneficial effect of screening is currently declining because the treatment of cancer is improving. Over the last 25 years, the mortality rate for breast cancer has…

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Best telescopes under $500 of 2022

Published Jun 27, 2022 9:00 AM Telescopes, in their basic function, are our connection to the stars. For millennia, humankind has gazed skyward with wonder into the infinite reaches of outer space. And as humans are a curious bunch, our ancestors devised patterns in the movements of celestial bodies and gave them names and built…