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  1. remnant of a 1a supernova
    Physics

    Uranium ‘snowflakes’ could set off thermonuclear explosions of dead stars

    Uranium crystals that settle in the cores of white dwarfs could trigger nuclear chain reactions that blow the dead stars apart, a new study suggests.

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  2. image of the big dipper constellation in the sky
    Astronomy

    Here’s why humans chose particular groups of stars as constellations

    Distances between stars, their brightnesses and patterns of human eye movement explain why particular sets of stars tend to be grouped together.

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  3. Diagram of low-frequency radio waves in galaxy cluster Abell 2877
    Astronomy

    The ‘USS Jellyfish’ emits strange radio waves from a distant galaxy cluster

    The unusual pattern of radio waves dubbed the USS Jellyfish tells a story of intergalactic gas meeting black hole by-products.

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  4. Perseverance parachuting down to Mars
    Space

    50 years ago, experiments hinted at the possibility of life on Mars

    In 1971, lab experiments suggested organic molecules could be made on Mars. Fifty years later, robots are searching for such signs of life on the planet itself.

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  5. M87's black hole with polarization of light waves
    Astronomy

    A new black hole image reveals the behemoth’s magnetic fields

    A new analysis of Event Horizon Telescope data from 2017 brings to light the magnetic fields twisted around the black hole at the core of galaxy M87.

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  6. scientist working on a module from the ANAIS experiment
    Cosmology

    The dark matter mystery deepens with the demise of a reported detection

    Early results from an experiment designed to replicate one that hinted that dark matter is made up of WIMPs came up empty-handed.

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  7. Green Bank Telescope
    Astronomy

    Carbon-ring molecules tied to life were found in space for the first time

    Two types of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the Taurus Molecular Cloud are far more abundant than predicted.

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  8. illustration of ‘Oumuamua
    Space

    ‘Oumuamua may be a chip knocked off an icy, Pluto-like exoplanet

    If the first interstellar visitor were a shard of nitrogen ice, it would explain some of its unusual behavior when it passed through our solar system.

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  9. pink streaks from the Antlia supernova remnant with galaxies in the background
    Astronomy

    A gargantuan supernova remnant looks 40 times as big as the full moon

    New observations confirm that a cloud in the constellation Antlia really is a supernova remnant and the largest ever seen from Earth.

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