Archive for July 11th, 2017:

Galaxy Zoo: Citizen science trailblazer marks tenth birthday

Image copyright NASA, ESA, W Keel (Uni Alabama), Galaxy Zoo Image caption Hanny’s Voorwerp was a type of astronomical object entirely unknown to science at the time Galaxy Zoo began with a call for volunteers to help classify distant galaxies in space telescope images. The collaborative project made spectacular discoveries, spawning a family of similar

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Fossil sheds light on bird evolution after asteroid strike

Image copyright Sean Murtha Image caption Artist’s impression of Tsidiiyazhi abini The fossil of a tiny bird that lived 62 million years ago confirms that birds evolved very rapidly after the asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs. The sparrow-sized tree-dweller lived ”just a geological blink of an eye” after the mass extinction. Bird fossils

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Fusion energy pushed back beyond 2050

Image copyright Iter Image caption Artwork: DEMO should open the way for the industrial and commercial use of nuclear fusion We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced. A new version of a European “road map” lays out the technological hurdles

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