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New telescopes seek the cosmic dark ages

Radio astronomers look to far-flung locations to detect low-frequency signals that emanate from the ancient universe. Continue reading

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Early JWST targets set the stage for the next decade of observations

Data gathered by the telescope in its first five months of science will show what it’s capable of while enabling insight into ancient galaxies, newborn planets, and more. Continue reading

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Dark-sky advocates confront threats from above and below

Astronomers are working to reduce the impact on the night sky of artificial lighting and swarms of shiny satellites. Continue reading

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Dual-anonymous peer review gains traction

NASA and other agencies worldwide are adopting the anonymized process for awarding grants and instrument time after seeing its success for the Hub Continue reading

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Subsurface imaging shows scale of the tragedy of Indigenous children

Archaeologists and geophysicists in Canada are trying to pinpoint the signatures of unmarked burials by using geophysical methods in varied terrains. Continue reading

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Field notes from Mars’s latest roving explorer

The Perseverance rover’s early scientific results detail dust lifting and ancient flood deposits at Jezero Crater. Continue reading

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The impact of switching research fields

A new quantitative study finds a correlation between physicists who change areas of research and their scientific impac Continue reading

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A simple magnetic field configuration could trigger solar eruptions

current, magnetic reconnection, and tension forces strong enough to hurl material into space. Continue reading

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How a simple magnetic field configuration could trigger solar eruptions

The reconnection of single-looped field lines in the Sun’s corona can create tension forces strong enough to hurl material into space, according to a new simulation. Continue reading

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Leaking oxygen leaves gaps deep within lithium-ion battery electrodes

Mapping the structure left behind after oxygen atoms seep from the electrodes could lead to new fixes that improve the batteries’ lifetime. Continue reading

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