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New research suggests that the global ice age has changed the face of the planet

Credit: NASA Curtin University researchers have discovered that a global ice age more than 600 million years ago dramatically changed the planet's face, leaving a barren, flooded landscape and clear oceans. The study published in Terra Nova investigated how distinct carbonate sedimentary rocks formed over millions of years after the snowball earth. The sedimentary rocks resemble the limestone of tropical …

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How Nonprofit Hospitals Drive Up Healthcare Costs: Planet Money: NPR

Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the Planet Money Newsletter . You can register here . Last year, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo fought to gain the Democratic primary school, according to a recent report from his campaign requested a donation from the Greater New York Hospital Association] The New York Times . The hospital lobbying group donated …

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Why migrating to another planet is a stupid and implausible idea

Swiss astrophysicist Michel Mayor, for whose exploration of exoplanets he recently received the Nobel Prize for Physics, says that man will never go beyond our own solar system. Maybe it's time for us to start taking this whole thing "climate change" seriously. The first exoplanet that has the potential to host life as we know it, that is, it orbits …

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An agitated "melted lump" of the planet may be easier to find. Here is the reason.

Artistic representation of a molten exoplanet. [Picture credits: University of Bern / Thibaut Roger] The smaller a planet is, the harder it is to recognize – which is frustrating for scientists to find earth-like worlds. [19659005] For this reason, a research team set about finding out which planetary features would make the identification of a world a little easier. Their …

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Planet and Big Bang win Nobel Prize for Physics

Caption James Peebles (L), Didier Queloz (C) and Michel Mayor (R) share the nine million Crown Price Three scientists were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics for "groundbreaking" discoveries of the universe. James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz were announced at a ceremony in Stockholm as this year's winners. ] Peebles was honored to work on the evolution …

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Saturn overtakes Jupiter as planet with most moons

Image copyright NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute Image caption Roll over Jupiter, Saturn is the new moon king                  Saturn has overtaken Jupiter as the planet with the most moons, A team discovered a haul of 20 new moons orbiting the ringed planet, bringing its total to 82; Jupiter, by contrast, has 79 natural satellites. The moons were …

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The wild science behind Starship, the planet hopping rocket of Elon Musk

Loren Elliot / Getty Images Imagine a rocket that could take off and land 1,000 times a year with the reliability of an airplane. Does that sound incredible? That's what Elon Musk announces as the next big SpaceX company, and considering the considerable hype surrounding the project, there could be a method for insanity. On Saturday, September 28, Musk unveiled …

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