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Flying snakes? Here’s how they can glide through the air

Flying snakes? Here’s how they can glide through the air

For some the sight of a snake slithering on the ground is scary enough, so how about one launching itself through the air? Chrysopelea paradisi — the paradise tree snake — does just that, propelling itself through the air from trees in South and Southeast Asia. Little was known about how such snakes “fly” before…MORE

Investigating the disappearance of a massive star in a distant galaxy

Investigating the disappearance of a massive star in a distant galaxy

A massive star has quietly disappeared in a dwarf galaxy 75 million light-years away, according to a new study. Given the lack of a visible supernova, the researchers believe the star grew dim and was obscured from view by dust or reached the end of its life and collapsed into a black hole. “If true,…MORE

Yes, an asteroid really did wipe out the dinosaurs, study finds

Yes, an asteroid really did wipe out the dinosaurs, study finds

The age of the dinosaurs ended 66 million years ago with the ultimate bad day, not a prolonged period of climate change wrought by volcanic activity, according to new research. The city-size asteroid that slammed into Earth would have plunged the planet into a drastic winter, which would have lasted for years, thereby creating a…MORE

Betelgeuse, the curiously dimming star, may be covered in giant star spots

Betelgeuse, the curiously dimming star, may be covered in giant star spots

Betelgeuse, the red supergiant star that acts as the shoulder of Orion in his constellation, intrigued astronomers when the normally bright star showed signs of unprecedented dimming in December. Many have suggested potential causes for this dimming, including dust or the fact that the star is likely to explode in a supernova between now and…MORE