Opposition to Galileo was scientific, not just religious – Aeon Ideas

Copernicus proposed that certain oddities observed in the movements of planets through the constellations were due to the fact that Earth itself was moving. Stars show no such oddities, so Copernicus had to theorise that, rather than being just beyond

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A Cosmic Crash May Have Made the Moon – Nautilus

A second solution proposes that the moon-forming impact was much more energetic than previously thought, generating a huge cloud of vaporized rock more than 500 times larger than Earth. According to this theory, the vaporized rock was a mixture of

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Dolphins recorded having a conversation ‘just like two people’ for first time – Telegraph UK

“The analysis of numerous pulses registered in our experiments showed that the dolphins took turns in producing [sentences] and did not interrupt each other, which gives reason to believe that each of the dolphins listened to the other’s pulses before producing

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Gizmodo: Jupiter Is ‘Hardly Recognizable’ In Juno’s Latest Images

The dazzling new images of this turbulent ball of gas were captured on August 27th, as Juno executed the first of 36 orbital flybys that brought it just 2,500 miles above Jupiter’s cloud tops. It took a day and a

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New Earth-Like Exoplanet Could Be Discovery of the Century – Gizmodo

In what’s being hailed as one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of the century, scientists with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) today confirmed the discovery of an Earth-like exoplanet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri—our nearest neighboring star. Details

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Caleb A Scharf: Proxima Centauri Just Became Our Gateway to the Cosmos – Scientific American Blog Network

Personally I think that this could (and should) mark a turning point in our cosmic outlook. Shifting our view of the universe won’t happen overnight, and taking action on that new perspective may take even longer. But it’s got to

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Can Starshot Work? – Scientific American Blog Network

…[W]hat is clear is that Starshot will bring a set of fresh ideas and invigorating challenges to the scientific community. Even if the full mission to Alpha Centauri remains a goal for a distant future, I’d place money on the possibility of

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Time to scrap the idea that humans arrived in the Americas by land bridge – Ars Technica

…[T]o get from Beringia to the Americas, humans would had to pass through the ice free corridor, which could not have supported a mass human migration on foot until at least 12,500 years ago, when the area had enough animals

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Gizmodo: There’s Growing Evidence That Venus Was Once Habitable

“In plots of the habitable zone, you typically see Venus on the outside,” he said. “And for modern day Venus, that’s certainly true. But, if you have a Venus-like world around a solar-type star with a slow rotation, it could

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Neanderthals built mystery underground circles 175,000 years ago – New Scientist

What we do know is that the structures were built in dark, challenging conditions and the builders had no natural light to help them. Indeed, Jaubert’s team found traces of fire at several points around and on the structures. The

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