Astronomers using the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet Research (SPHERE) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope have discovered and directly imaged a giant exoplanet orbiting the young star YSES 2. “The large distance from YSES 2b to its star presents a puzzle, because it does not seem to fit either of the two most well-known models for the formation of large gaseous planets,” the researchers said. More awesome mysteries to solve!

In the already-glum world of climate research, tipping points are one of the least rosy areas of study. The collapse of crucial systems in response to passing certain levels of planetary heating isn’t exactly uplifting stuff. A new study out in Nature on Wednesday is about as good as it gets, showing that we may be able to bring some key aspects of the planet back from the brink if we reduce warming in a timely enough manner. So, uh, cheers to that.

@Gargron. Is it possible to have Mastodon upload and show WebP image files? They are about a quarter or more smaller than jpg files.

Top 4 Unbiased World News Sources Free From Censorship. Unbiased news sources are rare, but they do exist. Here are the best news websites that are free from censorship. Unbiased news is a news story presented factually, without any spin toward a political stance or to benefit the owners of the news outlet. (1) The Associated Press. (2) Wall Street Journal. (3) Reuters. (4) BBC. In this day and age of total fake news, it really pays to know where to go. From 2020!

10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts. Where do we most often find real truth, real facts in a new era of Internet hoaxes, fake news stories and new political administrations that tout their own "alternative facts"? Meanwhile, I've been hearing from several well-educated friends, who are wondering if their own reading habits are leading them toward facts or fiction. From in 2017.

Our Planet Is Travelling Through The Debris of Ancient Supernovae. Radioactive dust deep beneath the ocean waves suggests that Earth is moving through a massive cloud left behind by an exploded star.
Continuously, for the last 33,000 years, space has been seeding Earth with a rare isotope of iron forged in supernovae. But there's more recent evidence. It's been found in the Antarctic snow; according to the evidence, it had to have fallen in the last 20 years.

Incredible Fossil Skeleton Reveals an Ancient Human Relative Who Swung Through Trees. Some 3.7 million years ago in what is now South Africa, a human relative straddled two evolutionary moments: our propensity for spending time in trees and our emerging preference for walking on the ground. That specimen, called StW 573 or Little Foot, was an Australopithecus prometheus. The fossil was finally fully excavated in 2018, over 20 years after its discovery.

Velvet Revolver - You Got No Right (unofficial video)

Contains one of the most amazing guitar solos ever!

Bucket List Location #94... Central Israel. Tel Aviv-Yafo-West Jerusalem. Yafo is an old habitation starting roughly around 7500 BCE. So awesome. Tel-Aviv is now much larger but only founded in 1909. Jerusalem has been around for thousands of years rich in biblical and much later history. The mixture of modern, ancient, and the Med coast is very alluring. So many things to visit and see along with such a vibrant culture. There are also ruins of the Canaanites and IsraelitesTel Beit Shemesh!

This image shows a close-up portrait of the magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 4603, which lies over 100 million light-years away in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur). Bright bands of blue young stars make up the arms of this galaxy, which wind lazily outwards from the luminous core. The intricate red-brown filaments threading through the spiral arms are known as dust lanes, and consist of dense clouds of dust that obscure the diffuse starlight from the galaxy.

Scientists have discovered one of the smallest black holes on record and the closest one to Earth found to date. Dubbed 'The Unicorn,' in part because it is, so far, one of a kind, and in part because it was found in the constellation Monoceros—'The Unicorn.' The Unicorn is about three times the mass of our sun—tiny for a black hole. This black hole is 1,500 light-years away from Earth, still inside the Milky Way galaxy.

Our planet's worst mass extinction event happened 252 million years ago when massive volcanic eruptions caused catastrophic climate change. The vast majority of animal species went extinct, and when the dust settled, the planet entered the early days of the Age of Dinosaurs. A study found a longer, more drawn-out event on land," says Pia Viglietti a postdoctoral researcher at Chicago's Field Museum and the lead author of the PNAS study.

NASA’s New Horizons probe has already made history a few times since its 2006 launch. At the time, Pluto was a planet, but it had become a dwarf planet when New Horizons beamed back the first close-up photos of it in 2015. After that, the probe flew deeper into the Kuiper Belt and delivered the first images of Arrokoth. Now, it’s only the fifth human-made object to reach a distance of 50 astronomical units. In celebration, New Horizons snapped a photo of the Voyager 1.

A new study, published in Science, also translates population densities into estimates for how many T. rex ever lived. On average, researchers estimate that some 20,000 T. rex lived at any one time and that about 127,000 generations of the dinosaurs lived and died. Those averages imply that a total of 2.5 billion T. rex lived in the species’ native North America, possibly as far north as Alaska and as far south as Mexico, over a two- to three-million-year timespan.

A new study provides the latest evidence that seems to conclude that tyrannosaurs were actually social carnivores, like wolves, and less like solitary predators as they had been believed and depicted. It's the most recent and to come from a massive dinosaur fossil site at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It provides proof the fierce dinosaurs lived in packs when they roamed the earth, which could be the final evidence needed to prove a "controversial" theory.

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