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NASA is returning to Venus to learn how it became a hot poisonous wasteland – and whether the planet was ever habitable in the past

Two new NASA missions hope to answer important questions about Venus’ past. NASA/JPL/USGS Paul K. Byrne, North Carolina State University NASA is finally headed back to Venus. On June 2, 2021, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced that the agency had selected two winners of its latest Discovery class spacecraft mission competition, and both are headed

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New study shows a few common bacteria account for majority of carbon use in soil

Image by Victor O. Leshyk, Ecoss Just a few bacterial taxa found in ecosystems across the planet are responsible for more than half of carbon cycling in soils. These new findings, made by researchers at Northern Arizona University and published in Nature Communications this week, suggest that despite the diversity of microbial taxa found in wild soils

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NAU researchers calling for participants in a study investigating supplements and increased cognitive function

What if cognitive abilities could be enhanced by a plant-derived nutritional supplement? That is the question Northern Arizona University researchers O’Neil Guthrie, Marques Jackson and student researcher Li Yang are asking in a new study that investigates boosting cognitive functions. The study, which is looking for participants aged 18-65, will take a dietary supplement for 30 days and take a

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NASA releases stunning new pic of Milky Way’s ‘downtown’

NASA has released a stunning new picture of our galaxy’s violent, super-energized “downtown.” It’s a composite of 370 observations over the past two decades by the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory, depicting billions of stars and countless black holes in the center, or heart, of the Milky Way. A radio telescope in South Africa also contributed

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Only 17 percent of free-flowing rivers are protected, new research shows

The percentage of free-flowing river kilometers that are within protected areas within major river basins (Level 4 basins, as defined by HydroSHEDS). Credit: World Wildlife Fund. New science about the fate of freshwater ecosystems released today by the journal Sustainability finds that only 17 percent of rivers globally are both free-flowing and within protected areas, leaving many of

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