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Ant responses to social isolation are similar to humans

Drawing of a Temnothorax newcomer worker ant Credit: ill./ ©: Inon Scharf, Tel Aviv University Ants respond to social isolation in the same way as humans and other social mammals. A study conducted by an Israeli-German research team has revealed changes in the social and hygienic behavior of ants that had been isolated from their group. The research team was …

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The origin of “Spiders from Mars” may have finally been confirmed

Spiders from Mars! This phrase describes both David Bowie’s backing band in the 1970s as well as a peculiar function on Mars that has nothing like it on Earth. But we are here to discuss the latter because scientists have experimental evidence of how they are formed. In a paper published in Scientific Reports, scientists have simulated the state of …

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NASA’s Web Telescope packs its sunshade for a million mile trip

Both sides of the James Webb Space Telescope sunshade were lifted vertically in preparation for folding the sunshade layers. Credit: NASA / Chris Gunn Engineers working on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have successfully folded and packed the sun visor for its upcoming one-million-kilometer (approximately 1.5 million-kilometer) journey, which begins later in the year. The sun visor – a five-layer, …

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Selene III Commander Report: When all hope runs away from the crew on the ‘moon’ – day 8

Dr. Michaela Musilova is the Director of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program that conducts analogous missions to the moon and Mars for scientific research into a habitat on the Mauna Loa volcano. She currently holds command of the two-week Selene III lunar mission and contributed this report to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Commander’s Report …

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ESA, CNSA heads discuss future space plans

Video calls are the first meeting between the new ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher and CNSA Leader Zhang Kejian. HELSINKI – The leaders of the European Space Agency and China’s National Space Administration held a video call on April 1 to outline their respective plans for the coming years. Zhang Kejian, Administrator of the CNSA, and the new ESA Director …

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‘Exciting’ results of 2 experiments defy the rulebook of physics

Preliminary results from two experiments suggest that something could be wrong with the basic way physicists believe the universe works, a view that has both the field of particle physics both amazed and excited. Small particles called muons do not quite do what is expected of them in two different long-term experiments in the United States and Europe. The confusing …

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