Category archives: Weekly Selection

MI weekly selection #394

MI weekly selection #394

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Need a particle accelerator? How about a black hole? Researchers have figured out a way it would be possible for black holes to act as particle accelerators. Previously, it was thought that only theoretical “extremal” black holes would be able to allow fast-moving particles to get near enough to the event horizon without falling in […]

MI weekly selection #393

MI weekly selection #393

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Humans may pose SARS-CoV-2 risk to wildlife There is a significant risk that SARS-CoV-2 will be transmitted by people to wildlife populations, where it could spread and imperil already endangered species. The virus could persist in short-lived species, such as mice, and it could mutate in wild animal populations and be reintroduced into human populations […]

MI weekly selection #392

MI weekly selection #392

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Well-preserved, ancient dunes spotted on Mars Scientists have discovered well-preserved paleo-dunes dating back a billion years in Mars’ Valles Marineris region. The dunes, found using data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Odyssey Orbiter, are helping researchers learn more about the consistency of Mars’ geologic history. EarthSky Ants’ sophisticated brain power Ants have been […]

MI weekly selection #391

MI weekly selection #391

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By César Tomé

Time-lapse video highlights supernova flare NASA and the European Space Agency have released a time-lapse video of a supernova flaring culled from Hubble Space Telescope observations. The video, created from about a year’s worth of Hubble observations, shows a white dwarf exploding then fading away in the NGC 2525 galaxy about 70 million light-years from […]

MI weekly selection #390

MI weekly selection #390

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By César Tomé

Mouse mom’s microbiome may affect her young A mouse mother’s gut microbes may play an important role in offspring’s brain development, according to findings published in Nature. Particular gut microbes produce metabolites that travel to the fetuses’ brains, affecting the growth of axons, which act as nerve cell signal transmitters. Science News Homo sapiens Y […]

MI weekly selection #389

MI weekly selection #389

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By César Tomé

High-resolution images offer detailed look at stellar winds Astronomers used Chile’s ALMA Observatory to take high-resolution images of stellar winds around dying red giant stars, showcasing the winds’ unusual shapes. “Some stellar winds were disk-shaped, others contained spirals, and in a third group, we identified cones,” says Leen Decin, co-author of a study on the […]

MI weekly selection #388

MI weekly selection #388

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Oldest Neanderthal DNA found in Europe holds clues to Neanderthal life Mitochondrial DNA taken from a Neanderthal tooth found in a cave in Poland is giving researchers new clues about Neanderthal life in the region about 80,000 years ago. Tools found in the cave known as Micoquian give clues to the ways Neanderthals were adapting […]

MI weekly selection #387

MI weekly selection #387

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By César Tomé

Faraway star trio surrounded by 3 rings of dust and gas Three unusual rings of planet-forming gas and dust have been detected circling a trio of stars in the Orion constellation, about 1,300 light-years away, according to studies in Science and Astrophysical Journal Letters that have differing views on how the configuration came to be […]

MI weekly selection #386

MI weekly selection #386

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Telescope captures image of exoplanets orbiting star The Very Large Telescope in Chile has captured a direct image of a pair of exoplanets orbiting a star that’s similar to our own sun. “Even though astronomers have indirectly detected thousands of planets in our galaxy, only a tiny fraction of these exoplanets have been directly imaged,&#8221 […]

MI weekly selection #385

MI weekly selection #385

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By César Tomé

Deep-sea fish stay hidden thanks to ultrablack skin At least 16 species of deep-sea fish have been discovered so far with ultrablack colouring that helps them stay hidden in dark water. The ultrablack color reflects less than 0.5% of light and pigment cells are packed tightly together with little or no gaps. ScienceAlert Campfire-like flares […]