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Solar storm: A massive 2012 CME just missed the Earth.

In July 2012 the Earth dodged a bullet. Or more accurately, the bullet was misaimed. But had it hit, we’d have been in big trouble.<p>Phil Plait writes</b> …

Distant Black Hole’s Spin Clocked - Sky & Telescope

<b>A new measurement could be the farthest back in time astronomers have ever reached when measuring a black hole’s spin.</b><p>The quasar Q2237+0305 is split …

Squeezing the life out of cancer – targeting cell repair could be key to new treatment

A weakness identified in cell division processes could be used to target and halt the spread of cancer in the body, scientists have suggested. Cells …

Scientists have finally worked out what a Narwhal’s tusk is for

They are distinctive for the long tusk that protrudes from their head but until now nobody had a clue why the Narwhal evolved like it did.<p>Thanks to a …

Comet Flying by Earth Observed with Radar and Infrared

Astronomers were watching when comet P/2016 BA14 flew past Earth on March 22. At the time of its closest approach, the comet was about 2.2 million …

Saturn’s inner moons may have formed only recently, from a giant ring

If a new hypothesis is correct, prospects for life on Enceladus have dimmed.<p>It's common to think of the Solar System as a fairly static place. Yes, …

The moon once looked different from Earth

(NEWSER) – "We tend to think that objects in the sky have always been the way we view them," says planetary scientist Matt Siegler. But that most viewable of objects — our moon — hasn't always looked as it does today, according to Siegler and his colleagues. They believe that some 3 billion years …

Could the sun emit a killer 'superflare'? Maybe -- a big maybe

We know eruptions on the sun can hurl energetic particles toward Earth that we see as colorful auroras when they collide with our atmosphere. The most powerful solar flares we've observed can disrupt communications signals and, in rare cases, even affect power supplies on Earth. But could our star …

Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes

New finding is clear example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children<p>Genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors are capable of being passed on to their children, the clearest sign yet …

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