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Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Joel Hodgson on Season 13, the Gizmoplex, and Leaving the Show in Good Hands

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After creator Joel Hodgson launched a new Kickstarter, it took just over a day for Mystery Science Theater 3000’s legion of fans to bring back the show (again). This shouldn’t have surprised anybody—there’s a reason why MST3K has stuck around for more than 30 years, and that’s because people love watching robot…

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Source: https://io9.gizmodo.com/mystery-science-theater-3000s-joel-hodgson-on-season-13-1846768146
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Rob Bricken

Marine biologists identify new species of ‘Dumbo’ octopus that lives 7,000m below sea level (PHOTOS)

When searching for hitherto unidentified animals in the darkest depths of the oceans, researchers expect to find grisly, alien-like species but, recently, they encountered an altogether cuter new creature: a Dumbo octopus.

Using almost entirely non-invasive scanning techniques instead of the standard highly invasive and sometimes fatal lab tests and dissections, researchers from the University of Bonn successfully identified the never-before-seen Grimpoteuthis imperator, or Dumbo octopus. 

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© Christina Sagorny et al, BMC Biology, 2021


The G. imperator, a new subspecies of an already rare breed of octopus, was discovered in the northern part of the Emperor Seamounts, an underwater mountain ridge in the northwest Pacific Ocean. They live at depths of 7,000 meters (22,966 feet). The researchers suggested the common name for the critter: Emperor Dumbo in English, Dumbo Impérial in French, and Kaiserdumbo in German.

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© Christina Sagorny et al, BMC Biology, 2021


Rather than dissecting Dumbo, the marine biologists instead used high-field magnetic resonance imaging and micro-computed tomography scans to ascertain its origin before carrying out minimally invasive gene analysis on tissue samples to verify it was indeed a new species.

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© Christina Sagorny et al, BMC Biology, 2021


Measurements and digital photo comparisons with other types of Dumbo octopus – so called because of its two head fins, which resemble the large elephant ears sported by the lovable Disney character – were undertaken to settle the matter.

The researchers were also surprised to encounter a systemic heart in the new deepwater Dumbo, which had hitherto never been described in octopus species before.

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This Newly-Detected “Unicorn” Black Hole Is Super Close to Earth

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Scientists have discovered yet another black hole in our universe, but this one is just 1,500 light-years away from Earth, nicknamed “the Unicorn” black hole. That makes it the closest known black hole to our solar system.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/79469/this-newly-detected-unicorn-black-hole-is-super-close-to-earth/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Suzanne Humphries

Scientists Dive Into Axolotl Genome, Looking for Secrets to Regeneration

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Its adorableness aside, the Mexican axolotl is a salamander of particular interest to scientists. On the molecular level, the animal seems to have a cheat code for life: It can regenerate its limbs and vital organs, an ability researchers are desperate to better understand for medical applications.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/geneticists-get-closer-to-a-complete-axolotl-genome-1846651148
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Isaac Schultz

First-Ever Observations From Under Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ Are Bad News

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Glaciers all over Antarctica are in trouble as ice there rapidly melts. There’s no Antarctic glacier whose fate is more consequential for our future than the Thwaites Glacier, and new research shows that things aren’t looking good for it.

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Source: https://earther.gizmodo.com/first-ever-observations-from-under-antarctica-s-doomsd-1846650385
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Dharna Noor on Earther, shared by Brian Kahn to Gizmodo

Well Here’s Something You Don’t See Every Day

We’re used to seeing stark images of rovers all alone on the Red Planet, but Perseverance brought a friend. NASA has just released a stunning photo showing two vehicles—the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter—in a single shot.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/well-here-s-something-you-don-t-see-every-day-1846642123
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The Article Was Written/Published By: George Dvorsky

Comet 2l/Borisov is one of the most pristine comets ever observed

The European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope has performed new observations of comet 2l/Borisov. It’s only the second interstellar visitor ever detected in our Solar System. The ESO’s observations have also indicated that 2l/Borisov is one of the most pristine comets ever observed. Astronomers believe 2l/Borisov most likely never passed close to a star, meaning it’s an undisturbed relic of … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/comet-2l-borisov-is-one-of-the-most-pristine-comets-ever-observed-31666405/
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Some of Our Brain Cells Get More Active Hours After We Die, Study Finds

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Even after we die, some of our brain cells can experience one last and large momentary burst of life, new research out Tuesday suggests. The study found evidence that certain “zombie genes” in our brain cells are active more frequently soon after death, which causes some cells to immensely expand for hours. The…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/some-of-our-brain-cells-get-more-active-hours-after-we-1846537888
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Meteorite Older Than the Sun Found in a U.K. Driveway

A photo of the rare meteorite that landed in a UK driveway.Natural History Museum

There are two ways to get your hands on a meteorite. You can send up a billion-dollar robot to retrieve asteroid samples, or you can wait for a friendly space rock land at your doorstep for free. The latter option happened on February 28th, when a rare meteorite from the early solar system landed in a driveway in Winchcombe, England.

Scientists call this kind of meteorite “carbonaceous chondrite.” It contains a lot of carbon, so it looks a lot like coal, but carbonaceous chondrite actually dates back to the beginnings of our solar system and could help us understand Earth and other planets came to be. If this is like other samples of carbonaceous chondrite, it should also contain bits of diamond, graphite, and soft clay—a sign that the rock encountered water at some point.

New footage of the #fireball tonight. Sent by Katie Parr pic.twitter.com/J4jmsM9tFj

— UK Meteor Network (@UKMeteorNetwork) February 28, 2021

Residents of Winchcombe, England, noticed a fireball reigning down before exploding in the sky the night of Sunday, February 28th. The next day, someone found the rock in their driveway, bagged it up, and contacted the U.K. Meteor Observation Network.

As noted by the Natural History Museum, the Winchcombe Meteorite is significantly larger than rocks collected by billion-dollar space probes. The Hayabusa2 probe returned to Earth last year with just 4.5 grams of asteroid rock, while the OSIRIS-REx probe is expected to return in 2023 with 60 grams of rock. But the Winchcombe Meteorite is 300 grams. Good things come to those who wait, I guess.

Source: Natural History Museum via Nerdist

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/73825/meteorite-older-than-the-sun-found-in-a-uk-driveway/
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Hubble back online after glitch reveals telescope’s secret hardware failure

The Hubble Space Telescope is back online and resuming science operations, NASA has confirmed, though not every part of the aging instrument is working as it should. The telescope – which was put into orbit in 1990 and has since been instrumental in unlocking the secrets of distant stars and galaxies – switched into its protective safe mode last weekend. … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/hubble-back-online-after-glitch-reveals-telescopes-secret-hardware-failure-12663524/
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