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Mystery of the dimming of massive star Betelgeuse explained

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Astronomers have determined the cause of the dramatic dimming observed last year and earlier this year of one of the brightest stars in the night sky, a colossus called Betelgeuse that appears to be on its way toward a violent death. Read More


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'Secret' life of sharks: Study reveals their surprising social networks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sharks have more complex social lives than previously known, as shown by a study finding that gray reef sharks in the Pacific Ocean cultivate surprising social networks with one another and develop bonds that can endure for years. More »


UC San Diego research lab to make environmentally friendly flip flops from algae

(Reuters) - Researchers at University of California, San Diego hope to make future beach visits both environmentally and fashion-friendly, with a new formula for biodegradable flip flops. More »


Chemical signal for locust swarming identified in step toward curbing plagues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have identified a chemical compound released by locusts that causes them to swarm, opening the door to possible new ways to prevent these insects from devouring crops vital to human sustenance as they have for millennia. More »


Back from the dead? Stem cells give hope for revival of Malaysia's extinct rhinos

KUANTAN, Malaysia (Reuters) - Some skin, eggs and tissue samples are all that remain of Malaysia's last rhino, Iman, who died last November after years of failed breeding attempts. More »


British fossil hunters find bones of new dinosaur species, cousin to T.Rex

LONDON (Reuters) - Four bones found on a beach on the Isle of Wight, off England's south coast, belong to a new species of theropod dinosaur, the group that includes Tyrannosaurus rex, researchers at the University of Southampton said on Wednesday. More »


Humanity versus disease showcased as London's Science Museum reopens doors

LONDON (Reuters) - Exhibits showcasing humanity's battle with infectious disease will greet visitors recently emerged from coronavirus lockdowns when London's Science Museum re-opens its doors next week after its longest closure since World War II. More »


Dwarf planet Ceres is 'ocean world' with salty water deep underground

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is an "ocean world" with a big reservoir of salty water under its frigid surface, scientists said in findings that raise interest in this dwarf planet as a possible outpost for life. More »


Special Report: COVID opens new doors for China's gene giant

SYDNEY (Reuters) - As countries scramble to test for the novel coronavirus, a Chinese company has become a go-to name around the world. More »


'It came alive:' Astronauts recount wild ride home on SpaceX's Crew Dragon

(Reuters) - U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, home two days from a landmark mission as NASA's first crew to fly a privately built vehicle into orbit, recounted on Tuesday the loud, jarring ride they experienced through Earth's atmosphere before a safe landing at sea. More »


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