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ScienceDesk

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Flipboard's page for news about science including space, climate change and more — from trusted sources. All posts written by human editors, especially for Mastodon.

For more science coverage, follow Flipboard's federated Science Desk (@science).

Header photo: Students observe a solar eclipse on March 20, 2015, in London. Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images.

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ScienceDesk, to space
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Boeing’s 1st astronaut flight now set for June after a review of small leak on new capsule.

AP reports: "Officials for the company and NASA said Friday that intensive reviews indicate the Starliner capsule can safely fly two test pilots to the International Space Station, despite a propulsion system leak."

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ScienceDesk, to science
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How did scientists calculate the speed of a supermassive black hole? Much in the same way crash-scene investigators can determine the speed of a car on impact. This cosmic predator gobbled up a star and left only its “wobbling” remains after imposing a grisly death. Live Science explains: https://flip.it/AkUicp

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If the moon is the final frontier for humankind, we need to figure out what we’re going to eat up there. In the next two years, NASA plans to send astronauts back to the moon, which provides some insight into what our lunar lunches will look and taste like. “Food is something that keeps astronauts sane,” says Dr. Sonja Brungs of the European Space Agency. BBC Travel has more on what astronauts eat — and what the rest of us might one day consume there. https://flip.it/Xp352-

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Every time scientists are able to understand another biological process linked to Alzheimer's disease, it offers another way that they might eventually be able to treat or prevent it. New research has shed light on the protein contactin-4 and its relationship with the amyloid precursor protein (APP), which could help unravel the mystery of the disease. Science Alert explains: https://flip.it/nE342h

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For the first time ever, astronomers using the James Webb Space Telescope may have discovered three of the universe’s earliest galaxies. In a new study, researchers reported the possible detection of three infant galaxies sprouting from a primordial cloud of hydrogen and helium gas just 400 to 600 million years after the Big Bang. Live Science elaborates: https://flip.it/BgahqS

ScienceDesk, to science
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The hornet has landed: Scientists combat new honeybee killer in the U.S.

@KnowableMag reports: "An invasive yellow-legged wasp has been decimating beehives in Europe — and bedeviling Georgia since last summer. Researchers are working nest by nest to limit the threat while developing better eradication methods."

https://flip.it/a3Z8Sl

ScienceDesk, to Futurology
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Biological puzzles abound in an up-close look at a human brain.

Science News reports: "Never-before-seen details may eventually lead to a better understanding of how the brain works."

(Free registration may be required) https://flip.it/gX-Ea5

#Brain #Neuroscience #Science #Biology

ScienceDesk, to space
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Massive cradle of baby stars revealed in new space telescope images.

AP reports on the European Space Agency's Euclid observatory: https://flip.it/58hAua

ScienceDesk, to Birds
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"A drake mallard has set a speed record of 103 mph while migrating across southern Minnesota and southeast North Dakota [in the U.S.] on April 6, breaking the Cohen Wildlife Ecology Lab’s previous record of 99.3 mph set on the same day."

Outdoor Life reports: "The two GPS-tracked mallard caught the same weather front that helped them reach top speeds on their return flights to Canada."

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#Birds #Ducks #BirdWatching #Ecology #Wildlife

ScienceDesk, to worldwithoutus
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No showers, no privacy: What it’s really like to live in Antarctica.

CNN reports on the experiences of the few thousand humans who can say that they have lived in Antarctica.

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ScienceDesk, to climate
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"Venezuela is the first country in modern history to lose all of its glaciers after climate scientists declared its remaining glacier little more than an ice field."

AccuWeather reports: https://flip.it/ABN0lt

ScienceDesk, to Weather
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Batten down the hatches: The Atlantic hurricane season begins soon. 🌀 🚨

@arstechnica reports that one reputable forecast team predicts 33 named storms this year.

https://flip.it/yPkWt6

ScienceDesk, to animals
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Huge jellyfish invasion could disrupt Arctic ecosystems as waters warm.

New Scientist reports: "The Arctic could see a surge of jellyfish as climate change leads to warmer waters and less ice – a process known as 'jellification.'"

https://flip.it/V-SIJS

ScienceDesk, to science
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How cockroaches spread around the globe to become the pest we know today.

From AP: "A new study uses genetics to chart cockroaches’ spread across the globe, from humble beginnings in southeast Asia to Europe and beyond. The findings span thousands of years of cockroach history and suggest the pests may have scuttled across the globe by hitching a ride with another species: people."

https://flip.it/s3NAD4

ScienceDesk, to Health
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@STAT is investigating the denial of reproductive autonomy for people with sickle cell disease.

Their latest article explores "how doctors are pressuring sickle cell patients into unwanted sterilizations."

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#SickleCell #Disease #ReproductiveRights #Health #Medicine #Discrimination #BlackMastodon

ScienceDesk, to SNAKES
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Massive invasive snakes are on the loose and spreading in Puerto Rico.

Vox reports: "Runaway pets — and possibly some zoo escapees — have fueled the spread of invasive snakes across the island. It’s an environmental catastrophe in the making."

https://www.vox.com/24144224/invasive-species-snakes-puerto-rico

ScienceDesk, to animals
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How high-tech tracking is keeping tabs on wildlife.

CNN reports on a "Find my Friends for rhinos" being used in Kenya: https://flip.it/1apw8p

ScienceDesk, to science
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Ed Dwight became America’s first Black astronaut candidate some 60 years ago. He wasn’t picked for the 1963 class and that he would never experience the weightlessness of outer space. That changed on Sunday as Dwight, now 90, rocketed into space with Blue Origin, becoming the oldest person to take a space flight. The previous recordholder? William Shatner. Read more from AP: https://flip.it/2gimpG

ScienceDesk, to science
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There’s a gravity hole — a spot where the Earth’s gravitational pull is weaker — in the Indian Ocean, causing the sea level to dip by over 328 feet (100 meters). The anomaly has puzzled geologists for a long time, but researchers think they’ve found a credible explanation: magma. Read more from CNN: https://flip.it/CC.EAZ

ScienceDesk, to science
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If you’ve noticed a green-colored flash with the sun on the horizon just after sunset or before sunrise, consider yourself lucky. What causes these brief, rare and colorful spectacles? They’re the result of sunlight being separated into different colors, an optics researcher at the University of Glasgow explains. Live Science has more, including how and where you will more likely to see a green flash at dusk or dawn. https://flip.it/FDQgx2

ScienceDesk, to science
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Most of us will undergo a procedure requiring a general anesthesia at some point in our lives. Although it’s one of the safest medical practices, we still haven’t grasped what the anesthesia does to our brains. A new study, however, sheds some light on why the drug seems to only affect specific parts of the brain. Science Alert explains: https://flip.it/SV41nP

ScienceDesk, to science
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May has been an exciting month for our Sun. A barrage of solar storms and coronal mass ejections created the strongest solar storm to reach Earth in two decades — and possibly one of the strongest displays of auroras in the past 500 years. NASA.gov tells us how the agency tracked it, and the images and videos are astonishing, too. https://flip.it/VBUyCn

ScienceDesk, to science
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It’s surprising how many animals can act weirdly human. From territorial chimps to extroverted orcas, Live Science points us to 32 such animals that demonstrate humanlike behavior. https://flip.it/WyuSD1

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Last year, data from the James Webb Space Telescope soured hopes that TRAPPIST-1 c had an atmosphere that could support life. But recent results have revived those earlier atmospheric hopes. Read more from Big Think. https://flip.it/ClyATt

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New research on black holes suggests these enigmatic objects of the universe could actually be entirely different celestial entities known as gravastars. Live Science has more: https://flip.it/30YfFs

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