NASA sets date to research asteroid Bennu after coronavirus pandemic caused delays
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NASA sets date to research asteroid Bennu after coronavirus pandemic caused delays

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. After getting delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, NASA has finally picked out a date to research samples of the asteroid Bennu.The space agency said that it now expects the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to begin its first attempt at sampling the asteroid on Oct.…

We found 2˚C of warming will push most tropical rainforests above their safe ‘heat threshold’
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We found 2˚C of warming will push most tropical rainforests above their safe ‘heat threshold’

As they photosynthesise and grow, tropical forests remove enormous amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, reducing global warming. However, forests are also themselves affected by this warming. If it gets too hot or too dry, trees will grow less and may start to die faster, decomposing and releasing that carbon back into the atmosphere. This…

Massive disk galaxy could change our understanding of how galaxies are born
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Massive disk galaxy could change our understanding of how galaxies are born

Home News A massive, rotating disk galaxy that first formed just 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, could upend our understanding of galaxy formation, scientists suggest in a new study. In traditional galaxy formation models and according to modern cosmology, galaxies are built beginning with dark-matter halos. Over time, those halos pull in gases and…

The bold plan to see continents and oceans on another Earth
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The bold plan to see continents and oceans on another Earth

This simulated image of an Earth-like exoplanet shows the potential imaging capability of the NASA-backed Solar Gravity Lens telescope project. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Slava Turyshev What if we could take a picture of an Earth-like planet around another star that was sharp enough to see continents, oceans, and clouds? Right now, it’s impossible. From our vantage point,…