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Paul Scott Anderson

Scientists release best-ever dark matter map

Astronomers with the Dark Energy Survey have created the largest-ever map of dark matter, using artificial intelligence. It covers 100 million galaxies.

Are organic salts on Mars a clue to life?

NASA's Curiosity rover has found hints of organic salts on Mars. If confirmed, they could provide important clues about previous habitability and the potential for ancient microbial life.

New water clues on Uranus and Neptune

The ice giant planets Uranus and Neptune are unlike any others in our solar system. New research from the U.S. and South Korea suggests that the deep interior water layers of the ice giant planets may be rich in magnesium.

How shrinking planets might explain missing planets

There's a puzzling gap in exoplanets, orbiting distant stars. Where are the worlds between 1.5 and 2 times Earth's radius? Shrinking planets may be the answer.

Wow! Stunning new images reveal Jupiter’s chaotic atmosphere

New images - visible light, infrared and ultraviolet - from the Gemini North telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope reveal Jupiter's atmosphere and storms in stunning detail.

This nocturnal dinosaur had owl-like night senses

New research shows that a small dinosaur called Shuvuuia deserti, which lived in the deserts of what's now Mongolia, had exceptional night vision and hearing, similar to modern day owls and other night predators.

New clues to ancient life from billion-year-old lake fossils

We think of earthly life as evolving from the sea. But newly discovered microscopic "ball" fossils - found in ancient lake sediments in Scotland - suggest that evolution from single-celled to multicellular organisms might have occurred in lakes.

Astronomers photograph giant exoplanet in unusual large orbit

A giant gas exoplanet in an unusually large orbit has been directly imaged by astronomers via the Young Suns Exoplanet Survey (YSES). It is 20 times as far from its star as Jupiter is from our sun.

Natural radio signal buzzes in Venus’ atmosphere

New measurements from Parker Solar Probe - the first new direct measurements of Venus' atmosphere in nearly 30 years - showed an unexpected natural radio signal being emitted by Venus' ionosphere. The probe made the discovery while using Venus as a "gravity slingshot" to come closer to the sun.

These 5 multi-star systems have habitable zones

Astronomers have identified 5 multi-star systems that have stable habitable zones. This means that any rocky worlds that may exist in those zones could potentially have life.