Hubble Spots Nearly Face-On Barred Spiral Galaxy: NGC 2217

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Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) has taken a beautiful image of the central part of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 2217. NGC 2217 is located approximately 83 million light-years away in the constellation of Canis Major. Otherwise known as LEDA 18883, AM 0619-271 and ESO 489-42, this galaxy was discovered… […]

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2,000-Year-Old Fast Food Shop Uncovered in Pompeii

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Archaeologists have unearthed a frescoed thermopolium (a hot-food-drink shop) in Pompeii, an ancient Roman city frozen in time after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. “Thermopolia, where drinks and hot foods were served and stored in large dolia (jars) embedded in the masonry counter, were widespread in the… […]

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Ancient DNA Reveals Genetic History of Caribbean World

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In a new study of the genetic history of the pre-contact Caribbean, researchers analyzed genome-wide DNA data from 174 ancient individuals who lived in the Bahamas, Haiti and the Dominican Republic (collectively, Hispaniola), Puerto Rico, Curaçao and Venezuela, as well as the data from 89 previously sequenced ancient individuals. Prior to… […]

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Jurassic-Period Mammal Had Powerful and Precise Bite

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An early mammal called Priacodon fruitaensis was well adapted for powerful and precise biting, and had a varied faunivorous diet that likely included insects and small vertebrates, according to a University of Bonn-led study. Priacodon fruitaensis lived approximately 150 million years ago (Jurassic period) in what is now Colorado, the United… […]

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Scientists Find Remarkable New Snake Species in Philippines

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The Waray dwarf burrowing snake (Levitonius mirus), a new, ‘miniaturized’ genus and species of cyclocorid snake known from both Samar and Leyte Islands, southeastern Philippines, spends most of its time burrowing underground, usually surfacing only after heavy rains in much the same way earthworms tend to wash up on suburban sidewalks… […]

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New Mineral Discovered in United Kingdom: Kernowite

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Kernowite is a new mineral that has been found only in an old specimen collected at a single location in Cornwall, UK. The only known specimen of kernowite, named after Kernow which is the Cornish word for Cornwall, was collected in the 1700s. It became part of the Natural History Museum,… […]

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Planetary Researchers Create Map of Early Mars’ River Systems

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Using data from the Context Camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, planetary researchers have generated an 8-trillion-pixel global map of Mars and performed the first systematic global survey of Martian fluvial (river) ridges. Mars used to be a wet world, as evidenced by rock records of lakes, rivers, and glaciers. The… […]

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