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Scientists finally witness the birth of a planet—and here's the photo

For the first time, astronomers captured a clear image of a young planet forming around a star.  It was captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.  SEE ALSO: Black
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We're doing a really bad job of washing our hands, say government scientists

After watching people prepare turkey burgers and salads in a variety of different kitchens, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers concluded that hand cleansing etiquette in America is pathetic.  A government report released on June
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Something much weirder than a ‘supervolcano’ is brewing under New England

No, there isn't a supervolcano brewing beneath New England, despite what some media outlets are saying.  That said, something weird is going on about 100 miles below the lush New England ground. Scientists have found a mass of warmer rock that
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That interstellar visitor from another solar system wasn't an asteroid after all

Scientists spotted a strange object flying through the solar system last year. It looked skinny, like a cigar, and may have been a quarter-mile in length. They named it `Oumuamua, Hawaiian for "messenger from afar," and after analyzing its
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NASA's Opportunity rover braves huge dust storm on Mars as scientists keep watch

The hardest working rover on Mars is fighting for its robotic life on the red planet.  NASA announced on Friday that the Opportunity rover is currently being hit by the worst dust storm it's ever experienced in the 15 years since it landed on
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Scientists have created the first 3D-printed human corneas

The future of 3D printing and medicine is coming into focus. Scientists at Newcastle University in the UK say they've created the first 3D-printed human corneas. Using a combination of their unique "bio-ink" and cornea stem cells, they can print the
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Scientists want you to help them go look for exploding stars

Scientists want you to go looking for exploding stars, and nope, you won't need much expertise to do it. A citizen science project to find supernovae led by Brad Tucker and Anais Möller from the Australian National University (ANU) aims to help
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After North Korea detonated a nuclear bomb inside a mountain, scientists watched it move

When North Korea detonates nuclear bombs, it brings the devices into tunnels dug deep inside Mount Mantap, a granite peak over 7,000 feet tall. Mantap has now sustained six such detonations, with the last of which — set off on September 3,
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Scientists are spying on frisky penguins with these kinda obvious cameras

Antarctic researchers are being a bit creepy in the name of science. They've been using remote timelapse cameras to keep track of the mating habits of Adélie penguins, which helps to map out their breeding cycles. SEE ALSO: How Antarctic
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Scientists just named a newly discovered water beetle after Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is an Academy Award winning actor, environmental activist, and most recently, a beetle namesake.  A water beetle species discovered in Malaysia was named Grouvellinus leonardodicaprioi in honor of DiCaprio's environmental work