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Paul Scott Anderson

Like people, elephants use names for each other

Elephants are highly intelligent and social animals. And now, a new study shows that elephants use names when communicating with each other, just like humans.

Goodbye Vulcan: Real-life Star Trek exoplanet doesn’t exist

Astronomers thought there might be a real-life version of the famous Star Trek exoplanet Vulcan orbiting the star 40 Eridani A. But a new study says no.

Phoenix exoplanet’s puffy atmosphere survives red giant star

Astronomers have discovered a Neptune-sized world orbiting close to a red giant star. And surprisingly, the exoplanet's puffy atmosphere is still intact.

Asteroid’s double moon points to a complex history

A new study of asteroid Dinkinesh and its moon Selam, based on data from the Lucy mission, shows a complex history of Dinkinesh and the asteroid's double moon.

New exoplanet catalog unveils 126 exotic worlds

A new NASA exoplanet catalog unveils 126 newly discovered worlds ranging from scorched wastelands to ones that may be able to support life.

Pluto’s ocean is super salty, scientists say

A new analysis of data from NASA's New Horizons mission shows Pluto's ocean is just a little denser than seawater on Earth. You could easily float in it.

Gliese 12 b, an intriguing Earth- or Venus-sized world

Gliese 12 b might have Earth-like temperatures or be more like a hot Venus. It orbits a red dwarf star, only 40 light-years away.

Webb solves mystery of puffy exoplanet WASP-107 b

Why does the puffy exoplanet WASP-107 b have a density similar to a marshmallow? New findings from Webb show it is hot on the inside due to tidal heating.

Earth-sized exoplanet discovered around ultracool dwarf star

Astronomers have discovered a new Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting the ultracool dwarf star SPECULOOS-3. But any atmosphere it had is probably long gone.

Juno images of Europa reveal a complex, active surface

NASA has released some images of Europa, the ocean moon of Jupiter. They provide new clues about the moon's ice shell and other intriguing surface features.