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One of The Hot, Dense Blobs Deep Inside Earth Has Been Revealed With New Imaging

For the first time, scientists have taken a proper look at an ultra-low velocity zone. These enigmatic pockets of rock sit close to the Earth’s core, about 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) below the surface. At that depth they’re obviously difficult to study, but we know they’re there because of the way seismic waves flow through …

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The Evolution of a Head Has Been Traced Back Surprisingly Far Back Our Ancestral Line

What’s in a head? According to new research, a little bit of our ancestors’ tails. In the early days of complex, multicellular life on Earth, animals started out without any spines or brains. They only had a network of neurons spread throughout their body. Over the course of millions of years, however, that system somehow …

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Stock market rebound fizzles, UK inflation hits 40-year high

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – A rebound in stocks ran out of steam on Wednesday as concerns about the economic growth outlook and rising inflation knocked sentiment, while a UK inflation reading of 9% underlined just how much higher interest rates might be headed. Asian stocks managed to eek out their fourth straight session of …

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Over 1,000 New Asteroids Discovered Hidden in Hubble Archives

Researchers have found over 1,700 asteroid trails in archived Hubble data from the last 20 years. While many of the asteroids are previously known, more than 1,000 are not. What good are another 1,000 asteroids? Like all asteroids, they could hold valuable clues to the Solar System’s history. As time passes and more and more …

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US FDA authorizes Pfizer’s COVID booster shot for young children

May 17 (Reuters) – The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized the use of a booster shot of Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, making everyone in the country over the age of 5 eligible for a third shot. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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Alliance to pay $ 6 billion in US fraud case, fund manager charged

NEW YORK / MUNICH, May 17 (Reuters) – Germany’s Allianz SE (ALVG.DE) agreed to pay more than $ 6 billion and its US asset management unit will plead guilty to criminal securities fraud over the collapse of its Structured Alpha funds early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Allianz’s settlements with the US Department of Justice and …

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The Ghostly Sounds of Auroras Can Be Heard, Even When They’re Invisible

If you’re up high, and you listen carefully on nights when the northern sky dances with blazing sheets of green light – Earth’s spectacular aurora borealis – you might hear some ghostly sounds. Almost imperceptible, the sounds had only been heard during the wildest aurora displays, described as rushing sounds, like a waterfall at a …

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This Record-Breaking ‘Gold Standard’ Star Is Unlike Any We’ve Seen Before

What’s in a star? Well, if you’re a highly evolved specimen nearing the end of its life named HD 222925, rather a heck of a lot, actually. Scientists have conducted an analysis of this dim object, and identified 65 separate elements. That’s the most elements ever found in a single object outside the Solar System, …

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