MI weekly selection #60


Paleontologists find evidence sauropods lived into Cretaceous period

A sauropod belonging to the dinosaur group Titanosauria appears to have lived during the Early Cretaceous period providing evidence that sauropods lived beyond the Jurassic period. The remains of a juvenile Yongjinglong datangi were uncovered in northwestern China.

International Science News

Luhman 16B, where it rains liquid iron

A hybrid planet-star dubbed Luhman 16B has molten iron rain. The brown dwarf is surrounded by patchy clouds made up of liquid iron mixed with other minerals that rain down on the hot, gaseous failed star.


Hawking’s black hole theory stirs debate among scientists

Stephen Hawking’s new black hole study has caused a stir in the scientific community. Some colleagues don’t accept his conclusion that event horizons don’t exist, and argue that the two-page report hasn’t been peer-reviewed.


Fifth of Neanderthals’ genetic code lives on in modern humans

Traces are lasting legacy of sexual encounters between modern human direct ancestors and Neanderthals from 65,000 years ago

The Guardian

Black Death bacteria may have contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire

Sequenced DNA from two skeletons buried in 6th-century Germany suggests that a virulent plague that struck the Roman Empire during the reign of Emperor Justinian in 541 A.D. came from a strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that caused the Black Death, which struck Europe in 1348.

New Scientist

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