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First nuclear test produced exotic mineral

The first atomic explosion in history produced a previously unknown mineral with an unusual structure. In the residues of the Trinity test of July 16, 1945, a team led by Paul J. Steinhardt from...

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Cloud forests on the retreat

Tropical cloud forests – remote habitats that cling to mist-shrouded mountains and tap the moist air for water – are gradually disappearing. This is what a global analysis says that appeared in the magazine...

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Who pays, can fly

There was a time when German space travel had big plans, for example its own moon mission. The project was called LEO, short for “Lunar Exploration Orbiter”. In 2012, the probe should set off...

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Now the cow also has spots

Holy cow, what was that ?! This is more or less how many astrophysicists should have reacted to a special celestial event on June 16, 2018. In a galaxy 215 million light-years away, a...

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The dream of the German SpaceX

Germany dreams of its own SpaceX – of a young, dynamic space company that will stir up the industry and bring momentum to the encrusted European rocket market. And since Friday this dream has...

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On the way to omnipotence

At first sight it is a science project. But when the Chinese soon launch their first space station, Tiangong-3, it will be about more: national pride, prestige and a very special form of diplomacy....

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The shortest amount of time ever measured

A light particle needs just 247 zeptoseconds to cross a molecule made up of two hydrogen atoms. Scientists working with Reinhard Dörner from the University of Frankfurt have now determined – and, according to...