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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Scientists investigate diamond planets ‘unlike anything in our solar system’ – CNET

Scientists investigate diamond planets ‘unlike anything in our solar system’ – CNET

This sparkling illustration shows a carbon-rich planet with diamond and silica as the main minerals. Dan Shim/ASU/Vecteezy Diamonds might be a rare commodity here on Earth, but the wider universe doesn't seem to have any shortage of them. Just imagine the outrageous bling-rings you could make from an entire planet packed with the sought-after gemstone.Researchers…
New study challenges popular “collapse” hypothesis for Easter Island – Ars Technica

New study challenges popular “collapse” hypothesis for Easter Island – Ars Technica

Time for a rethinking — Bayesian model-based analysis points to resilient, cooperative society well beyond 1600. Jennifer Ouellette - Jun 1, 2020 9:28 pm UTC Enlarge / Moai statues in a row, Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island, Chile.De Agostini Picture Library/Getty Images In his bestselling 2005 book Collapse, Jared Diamond offered the societal collapse of Easter Island…
Astronomers spot blue ‘beast’ of an explosion in the universe – MSN Money

Astronomers spot blue ‘beast’ of an explosion in the universe – MSN Money

Astronomers spot blue 'beast' of an explosion in the universe - MSN Money
Yellowstone volcano: How ‘major eruptions in park shattered USGS records’ – Express.co.uk

Yellowstone volcano: How ‘major eruptions in park shattered USGS records’ – Express.co.uk

The Yellowstone volcano is constantly monitored by USGS due to its capability to create devastation on a global level. As a result, it gets the chilling nickname of a “supervolcano,” meaning a “supereruption” is possible, where a volume of deposit greater than 240 cubic miles is sent into the atmosphere. The caldera formed during the last…
AI reveals nature of RNA-protein interactions – Phys.org

AI reveals nature of RNA-protein interactions – Phys.org

This illustration depicts the RNA interaction surface of Fem-3-binding-factor 2 as predicted by NucleicNet. Credit: 2019 KAUST A new computational tool developed by KAUST scientists uses artificial intelligence (AI) to infer the RNA-binding properties of proteins. The software, called NucleicNet, outperforms other algorithmic models of its kind and provides additional biological insights that could aid…
China grows a cotton plant on the far side of the moon in a biological first – Digital Trends

China grows a cotton plant on the far side of the moon in a...

This 3D reconstruction shows cotton leaves growing within China’s Chang’e 4 lander on the far side of the moon. Chongqing University China has broken new lunar ground, successfully growing cotton on the moon for the first time. The experiment was part of the Chang’e 4 project, in which China is exploring the far side of…
Science just totally rewrote the story of human evolution (again) – Wired.co.uk

Science just totally rewrote the story of human evolution (again) – Wired.co.uk

Noctiluxx / Getty In the last three decades, scientists have uncovered around half of the 20 known human ancestors. But when it comes to where the first Homo sapiens lived, things start to get a little blurry.One group of researchers, however, claim they’ve narrowed in on the exact region. Modern humans originated around 200,000 years…
Tiny Quantum Fluctuations Can Actually “Kick” Large Objects – Futurism

Tiny Quantum Fluctuations Can Actually “Kick” Large Objects – Futurism

Quantum FunhouseFor the first time, scientists noticed that tiny fluctuations of quantum energy actually “kicked” a large mirror out of alignment — the first tangible impact of quantum noise at the human scale.The nudge happened inside the LIGO gravitational wave detector. And while it’s a fascinating discovery, it actually poses a bit of a practical…
SpaceX is looking to add an offshore rocket launch facility in south Texas – Houston Chronicle

SpaceX is looking to add an offshore rocket launch facility in south Texas –...

SpaceX is looking to add an offshore rocket launch facility to the infrastructure it’s building in South Texas, according to company job postings seeking offshore operations engineers and offshore system technicians. Founded by billionaire Elon Musk, SpaceX has been developing and testing prototypes of its Starship spacecraft planned to take people to the moon, Mars…
Mars spacecraft Hope: How to watch UAE’s historic launch to the red planet – CNET

Mars spacecraft Hope: How to watch UAE’s historic launch to the red planet –...

A rendering of the Hope probe, which will reach Mars' orbit in 2021. Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre The United Arab Emirates' Hope Mars Mission is a first for many reasons. When the satellite reaches the red planet's orbit in 2021, it'll be the first probe to give a full picture of the Martian atmosphere,…

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