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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.

First Fossil Feather Ever Found Belonged to This Dinosaur – The New York Times

First Fossil Feather Ever Found Belonged to This Dinosaur – The New York Times

Science|First Fossil Feather Ever Found Belonged to This DinosaurTrilobitesTo settle a lengthy debate, a team of paleontologists says the specimen unearthed in the 19th century was shed by an archaeopteryx.A close-up photograph of a  fossil feather found in 1861 in Bavaria, and originally identified as coming from an archaeopteryx.Credit...Museum für NaturkundeSept. 30, 2020, 5:00 a.m.…
New Study of Neanderthal And Denisovan DNA Reveals a Surprising Link to Men Today – ScienceAlert

New Study of Neanderthal And Denisovan DNA Reveals a Surprising Link to Men Today...

Neanderthal teeth from Spy 94a in Belgium. (I. Crevecoeur/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) Decades of teasing apart Neanderthal DNA has produced an archive of ancient genes that spell out a history of love affairs between estranged branches of humanity's family tree. Until now, the story has been rather lopsided. For whatever reason, the most…
Astronomers Just Revealed One of The Most Extreme Planets Ever Discovered – ScienceAlert

Astronomers Just Revealed One of The Most Extreme Planets Ever Discovered – ScienceAlert

Astronomers have taken detailed observations of an incredibly extreme exoplanet, detecting brutal surface temperatures in the region of 3,200 degrees Celsius (5,792 degrees Fahrenheit). Those temperatures – measured by the European Space Agency's CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (or CHEOPS) –  are enough to melt all rocks and metals, and even turn them into a gaseous form.While the exoplanet,…
Mutations that affect aging: More common than we thought? – Phys.org

Mutations that affect aging: More common than we thought? – Phys.org

The researchers at Linköping University used fruit flies to study mutations that could contribute to ageing. Credit: Magnus Johansson/Linköping University The number of mutations that can contribute to aging may be significantly higher than previously believed, according to new research on fruit flies. The study by scientists at Linköping University, Sweden, supports a new theory…
3 more ancient underground lakes of liquid water discovered on Mars, raising possibility of life – CBS News

3 more ancient underground lakes of liquid water discovered on Mars, raising possibility of...

Two years ago, astronomers reported findings of a large lake beneath a thick layer of ice at Mars' south pole. Now, scientists have confirmed that finding and detected three new underground lakes in the same area — and they believe there could be many more. A new study, published this week in the journal Nature…
Planet collision simulations give clues to atmospheric loss from moon’s origin – Phys.org

Planet collision simulations give clues to atmospheric loss from moon’s origin – Phys.org

Cross-section snapshots of 3D simulations of giant impacts using 30 to 100 million particles, coloured by their material or their internal energy, related to their temperature. Credit: Jacob Kegerreis, Durham University Earth could have lost anywhere between ten and 60 percent of its atmosphere in the collision that is thought to have formed the Moon.…
The Ocean Is Becoming More Stable, And The Consequences May Be Dire, Scientists Warn – ScienceAlert

The Ocean Is Becoming More Stable, And The Consequences May Be Dire, Scientists Warn...

KELLY MACNAMARA, AFP 29 SEPTEMBER 2020 Global warming is making the oceans more stable, increasing surface temperatures and reducing the carbon they can absorb, according to research published Monday by climate scientists who warned that the findings have "profound and troubling" implications. Man-made climate change has increased surface temperatures across the planet, leading to atmospheric…
Buried lakes of liquid water discovered on Mars – BBC News

Buried lakes of liquid water discovered on Mars – BBC News

Image copyright Esa / ATG Medialab / DLR / FU Berlin Image caption The findings come from data collected by Esa's Mars Express spacecraft Three underground lakes have been detected near the south pole of Mars.Scientists also confirmed the existence of a fourth lake - the presence of which was hinted at in 2018.Liquid water…
Scientists create ‘super enzyme’ that eats plastic bottles six times faster – CNN

Scientists create ‘super enzyme’ that eats plastic bottles six times faster – CNN

Scientists create 'super enzyme' that eats plastic bottles six times faster - CNN
SpaceX lends Starlink to Washington emergency services as Elon Musk talks IPO – Teslarati

SpaceX lends Starlink to Washington emergency services as Elon Musk talks IPO – Teslarati

SpaceX has provided Washington’s Emergency Management department access to Starlink satellite internet service in a bid to support the state’s emergency response to dangerous wildfires. Though the customer is technically a military department, this is the first public announcement of the internet constellation’s use in a civil service-oriented role. In the case of Malden, WA,…

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This Week @NASA: Crew-3 Astronauts Return to Earth, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, Black Holes – SciTechDaily

This Week @NASA: Crew-3 Astronauts Return to Earth, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, Black Holes –...

From left to right, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthais Maurer, NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron, are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft onboard the SpaceX Shannon recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa, Florida, Friday, May 6, 2022. Maurer,…
Hubble Reveals Surviving Companion Star in Aftermath of Titanic Supernova Explosion – SciTechDaily

Hubble Reveals Surviving Companion Star in Aftermath of Titanic Supernova Explosion – SciTechDaily

This artist’s illustration shows supernova 2013ge, with its companion star at the lower right. The companion star is impacted by the blast wave from the supernova, but not destroyed. Over time astronomers observed the ultraviolet (UV) light of the supernova fading, revealing a nearby second source of UV light that maintained brightness. The theory is…
Eta Aquarid meteor shower of 2022 thrills stargazers in these stunning photos – Space.com

Eta Aquarid meteor shower of 2022 thrills stargazers in these stunning photos – Space.com

Home News Skywatching An Eta Aquarid meteor streaks across the sky. (Image credit: David Kingham/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Meteor streaks delighted skywatchers this weekend as the Earth passed through the dust trail of Halley's Comet in an annual meteor shower display.The Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which is visible in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres in…