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Nasa announces two new Venus missions

Nasa announces two new Venus missions

Nasa has announced that it is sending two new missions to Venus in order to examine the planet’s atmosphere and geological features. The missions, which have each been awarded $500m (£352m) in funding, are due to launch between 2028 and 2030. Nasa administrator Bill Nelson said the missions would offer the “chance to investigate a...

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Japan records earliest cherry blossom bloom in 1,200 years

Japan records earliest cherry blossom bloom in 1,200 years

Think of Japan in the spring, and the image that comes to mind is likely the country’s famous cherry blossoms, also known as “sakura” — white and pink flowers, bursting across cities and mountains, petals covering the ground. The flowers, which experience a “peak bloom” that only lasts a few days, have been revered in...

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Aussie scientists discover two new marsupial species

Aussie scientists discover two new marsupial species

If you take a walk through the forests of Australia’s east coast, you might come across the greater glider — a possum-sized marsupial with big ears and a long furry tail, that glides from tree to tree. Until last week, the glider was classified as a single species, but a new study found that it...

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Koala populations are in decline due to increased human impacts on nature

Koala populations are in decline due to increased human impacts on nature

It has been a stressful year for Australia’s koalas. Their health and natural environment, however, have been under threat for a long time. Bushfires, habitat fragmentation, vehicle collisions and dog attacks — all which hurt koalas — have been getting worse over the last decade. That has led to species population decline and increased disease...

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Salty lake, ponds may be gurgling beneath South Pole on Mars

Salty lake, ponds may be gurgling beneath South Pole on Mars

A network of salty ponds may be gurgling beneath Mars’ South Pole alongside a large underground lake, raising the prospect of tiny, swimming Martian life. Italian scientists reported their findings Monday, two years after identifying what they believed to be a large buried lake. They widened their coverage area by a couple hundred miles, using...

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New dinosaur species found buried by volcanic eruption in China

New dinosaur species found buried by volcanic eruption in China

Archeologists in China have discovered two perfectly preserved fossils of a new 125 million-year-old dinosaur species. The new species of burrowing dinosaur was discovered in the Lujiatun Beds, the oldest layers of the famous Yixian Formation in northeast China, according to a news release. Scientists believe they were trapped by a volcanic eruption while resting...

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Scientists find world’s oldest sperm in Myanmar amber

Scientists find world’s oldest sperm in Myanmar amber

Paleontologists have discovered what they believe is the world’s oldest animal sperm, frozen in tree resin 100 million years ago inside a tiny crustacean in Myanmar. The oldest known examples of fossilised animal sperm were previously a mere 17 million years old, according to the team of experts led by Wang He of the Chinese...