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Stop Saying Isaac Newton Was an Overachiever in Lockdown. Here’s The Reality – ScienceAlert

There’s no doubt that modern science owes the 17th century English polymath Sir Isaac Newton some gratitude. You don’t get a whole unit of force named after you for nothing.

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There’s no doubt that modern science owes the 17th century English polymath Sir Isaac Newton some gratitude. You don’t get a whole unit of force named after you for nothing.
But if you’re feeling guilty that your time in isolation hasn’t been as productive as his was reported to have been, go easy on yourself; his Annus Mirabilis wasn’t as mirabilis as you might think.
In a year short on inspiration and big on staring wistfully out of windows in hopes that 2021 has a little less plague, smoke,…

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SpaceX Starship Passes Static Fire Test With Three Raptor Engines, Finally Gets Nose Cone! – Universe Today

The Starship is coming together, literally and figuratively! With its three Raptor engines test fired, and nosecones and fins attached, the vessel is ready for…

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It’s beginning to look like SpaceX will attempt to make the 15 km (9.3 mi) hop test before Christmas! After two successful 150 m (~500 ft) hops with the SN5 and SN6 prototypes, engineers at SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch facility in South Texas rolled out the SN8 – the first Starship prototype to have three Raptor engines. But before the SN8 can conduct a high-altitude test flight, the engineers needed to run a static fire test.
This test is crucial to ensuring that the Starship‘s interior plumbing…

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Monkeys May Have Self-Domesticated Just Like Humans Did, Study Suggests – ScienceAlert

Monkeys, much like humans, could be engaged in the process of self-domesticating themselves, altering the course of their own evolution and physiology through the…

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Monkeys, much like humans, could be engaged in the process of self-domesticating themselves, altering the course of their own evolution and physiology through the way they behave with one another, new research suggests.
It’s long been recognised that domestication in animals promotes certain physical features that aren’t observed in their wild counterparts. This phenomenon called domestication syndrome has been noted since the era of Charles Darwin and is thought to lie behind all sorts of physical…

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Highly Unusual “Hot Neptune” Exoplanet 260 Light Years Away That “Shouldn’t Exist” – SciTechDaily

A team led by an astronomer from the University of Kansas has crunched data from NASA’s TESS and Spitzer space telescopes to portray for the first time the atmosphere…

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This artist’s impression shows LTT 9779b near the star it orbits and highlights the planet’s ultra-hot (2000 Kelvin) day-side and its quite toasty night-side (around 1000 K). Credit: Ethen Schmidt
A team led by an astronomer from the University of Kansas has crunched data from NASA’s TESS and Spitzer space telescopes to portray for the first time the atmosphere of a highly unusual kind of exoplanet dubbed a “hot Neptune.”
The findings concerning the recently found planet LTT 9779b were published…

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