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NASA shows off best Mars orbiter images from the past 15 years – CNET

A dust devil, an avalanche, a moon and a crater all made the cut of top Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter images.

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Antarctic fossil could have been the biggest flying bird ever, study finds – CNN

In the 1980s, paleontologists at the University of California Riverside visited Seymour Island, part of an island chain in the Antarctic Peninsula. They brought…

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(CNN)In the 1980s, paleontologists at the University of California Riverside visited Seymour Island, part of an island chain in the Antarctic Peninsula. They brought home a number of fossils — including the foot bone and partial jaw bone of two prehistoric birds.
For decades, the fossils sat in a museum at the University of California Berkeley — until a graduate student named Peter Kloess started poking around in 2015.
In a study published Monday in the journal “Scientific Reports,” Kloess identified…

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Scientists discover 500 metre-tall skyscraper reef at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – The Guardian

The detached reef, taller than the Empire State Building, was discovered at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef off Cape York

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Australian scientists have discovered a detached reef more than 500 metres high taller than the Empire State Building at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
The blade-like vertical reef about 130km off Cape York, Australias north-eastern tip, was found during a 3D seabed mapping exercise conducted from a ship owned by the Californian non-profit Schmidt Ocean Institute.
Tom Bridge, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University and the expeditions principal…

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NASA scientists make unexpected discovery of ‘weird’ molecule in Titan’s atmosphere – CNET

NASA is prepping its Dragonfly mission to go look for signs of life on the enticing moon.

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Titan poses in front of Saturn in this mosaic image from the Cassini mission.
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Chances are cyclopropenylidene (a combination of carbon and hydrogen) never appeared on your high school chemistry class quizzes, but the molecule has some astronomers buzzing since it was discovered in the atmosphere of Saturn’s intriguing moon Titan.
“Scientists say that this simple carbon-based molecule may be a precursor to more complex compounds that could form or feed possible…

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