Scientists discover India’s oldest fossil of a Jurassic sea monster – Washington Post

The ichthyosaur skeleton is the first from the Jurassic era to be found in India. (AFP/PLOS ONE) Call it what you wish: fish lizard, sea monster, ichthyosaur. After tens of millions of years, and then 1,500 hours of digging, paleontologists in India have unearthed the strikingly intact skeleton of an ichthyosaur, a marine reptile more than five meters long that resembled […]

Jupiter’s X-ray auroras pulse independently – Space Daily

Jupiter’s X-ray auroras pulse independently – Space Daily

Jupiter’s intense northern and southern lights pulse independently of each other according to new UCL-led research using ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatories. The study, published in Nature Astronomy, found that very high-energy X-ray emissions at Jupiter’s south pole consistently pulse every 11 minutes. Meanwhile those at the north pole are […]

How do human genes act in space? – EarthSky

How do human genes act in space? – EarthSky

<!– googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘post_link_unit’); }); –> NASA’s Twins Study preliminary results have revealed that space travel causes an increase in methylation, the process of turning genes on and off, and additional knowledge in how that process works. NASA’s Twins Study investigates subtle effects and changes that might occur in spaceflight as compared to Earth. This […]

A Turkey-Size Dinosaur With a Raccoon-Like Bandit Mask – New York Times

“It shows that the world of dinosaurs wasn’t so crazily far from what we could imagine today,” said Fiann Smithwick, a doctoral student at the University of Bristol and lead author of the study. Photo A fossil specimen of Sinosauropteryx, a carnivore the size of a turkey that was first discovered in 1996. Credit Jakob […]