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1.2 billion years ago, a 1-km asteroid smashed into Scotland

1.2 billion years ago, a 1-kilometer asteroid smashed into Scotland

In 2008, scientists from Oxford and Aberdeen University made a startling discovery in the northwest of Scotland. Near the village of Ullapool, which sits on...
Where Earth's heavy elements such as gold and platinum come from

Where Earth’s heavy elements such as gold and platinum come from

That gold on your ring finger is stellar - and not just in a complimentary way. In a finding that may overthrow our understanding of...
Scientists discover new 'king' of fossils in South Australia

Scientists discover new ‘king’ of fossils in South Australia

Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The finding...
Scientists discover table salt on Jupiter's moon Europa

Scientists discover table salt on Jupiter’s moon Europa

A familiar ingredient has been hiding in plain sight on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Using a visible light spectral analysis, planetary scientists at...
Scientists discover the biggest meteorite impact site in the UK

Scientists discover the biggest meteorite impact site in the UK

Scientists believe they have discovered the site of the biggest meteorite impact ever to hit the British Isles. Evidence for the ancient, 1.2 billion years...
Amber lump offers rare glimpse of ancient sea life

Amber ammonite offers rare glimpse of ancient sea life

The discovery of a 100-million-year-old ammonite—a distant relative of modern squid and octopuses—in amber is significant and surprising, researchers say. Scientists say the lump of...
Scientists find a herd of dinosaurs underground at Lightning Ridge

Scientists find a herd of dinosaurs underground at Lightning Ridge

A herd of dinosaurs has been discovered in an underground opal mine near Lightning Ridge, NSW. Scientists have revealed that fossils from an underground opal...
How sloths went from ground-dwelling giants to the small tree-climbers

How sloths went from ground-dwelling giants to the small tree-climbers

Scientists have solved the evolutionary puzzle of how sloths went from enormous ground-dwelling giants to the small, famously-laidback tree-climbers of the modern day. The study,...
Scientists discover magnetism in the Earth's mantle

Scientists discover magnetism in the Earth’s mantle

Deep down lies the core of the Earth, followed by the Earth's mantle. The Earth's crust begins 35 kilometers below the surface. The huge magnetic...
Very Large Telescope detected a passing double asteroid hurtling by Earth at 70 000 kmh

Very Large Telescope detected a passing double asteroid hurtling by Earth at 70 000...

The unique capabilities of the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope have enabled it to obtain the sharpest images of a double asteroid...

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Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damage heart and kidneys

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