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Earth Just Got A New Continent

By Evan Gough We tend to lump New Zealand and Australia together. They're similar culturally and share the same geographical position, relative to North America and Europe, anyway. But according to a new paper published in the Geological Society of America Today, it...

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The Universe Has A Lithium Problem

By Evan Gough Over the past decades, scientists have wrestled with a problem involving the Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang Theory suggests that there should be three times as much lithium as we can observe. Why is there such a discrepancy between prediction and...

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Poopy Ideas Net $30,000 For Challenge Finalists

By Nancy Atkinson You may have thought that whole ‘going to the bathroom in space' issue had already been resolved, with the International Space Station operating continuously with crew on board since 2000. But as we reported back in December, long-duration,...

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Carnival of Space #497

By Susie Murph Welcome, come in to the 497th Carnival of Space! The Carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit. I'm Susie Murph, part of the team at Universe Today and CosmoQuest....

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Will You Be The Discoverer Of Planet 9?

By Nancy Atkinson Citizen science projects are a great way for anyone to be involved in the scientific process. Average, everyday folks have discovered things like supernovae, previously unseen craters on the Moon and Mars and even new planets orbiting a distant star....

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What is the Weather like on Saturn?

By Matt Williams Welcome back to our planetary weather series! Next up, we take a look at the ringed-beauty, Saturn! Saturn is famous for many things. Aside from its ring system, which are the visible and beautiful of any gas giant, it is also known for its extensive...

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How Long is a Year on Mercury?

By Matt Williams Mercury is a planet of extremes. As the closest planet to our Sun, it experiences extremely high surface temperatures. But since it has virtually no atmosphere to speak of, and rotates very slowly on its axis, it gravitates between extremes of hot and...

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Chance Discovery Of A Three Hour Old Supernova

By Evan Gough Supernovae are extremely energetic and dynamic events in the universe. The brightest one we've ever observed was discovered in 2015 and was as bright as 570 billion Suns. Their luminosity signifies their significance in the cosmos. They produce the heavy...

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