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Early ‘Soda Lakes’ May Have Provided Missing Ingredient Key to the Origin of Life

by Laura Geggel, Live Science

This mineral was scarce yet necessary for early life.

The first life-forms on Earth needed a pu pu platter of ingredients to exist, but one of those ingredients, the mineral phosphorus, has long puzzled scientists. No one knew how phosphorus, one of the six main chemical elements of life, became plentiful enough on early Earth for life to burst forth.

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Scientists Found the Deepest Land on Earth Hiding Beneath Antarctica’s Ice

by Rafi Letzter, LiveScience

A new mapping effort revealed critical new details of Antarctica’s hidden land.

A new map of the mountains, valleys and canyons hidden under Antarctica’s ice has revealed the deepest land on Earth, and will help forecast future ice loss.

The frozen southern continent can look pretty flat and featureless from above. But beneath the ice pack that’s accumulated over the eons, there’s an ancient continent, as textured as any other. And that texture turns out to be very important for predicting how and when ice will flow and which regions of ice are most vulnerable in a warming world. The new NASA map, called BedMachine Antarctica, mixes ice movement measurements, seismic measurements, radar and other data points to create the most detailed picture yet of Antarctica’s hidden features.

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Is it a dog or is it a wolf? 18,000-year-old frozen puppy leaves scientists baffled

by Amy Woodyatt, CNN

The 18,000-year-old body of a near perfectly preserved puppy has left scientists puzzled.

Russian scientists discovered the body of the canine near Yakutsk, in eastern Siberia. Preserved by permafrost, the specimen’s nose, fur and teeth are remarkably intact.

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Mysterious Buckyballs Found Throughout Interstellar Space Puzzled Scientists, Until Now

by University of Arizona

Researchers discovered a mechanism creating complex carbon molecules in a simulated planetary nebula environment.

Scientists have long been puzzled by the existence of so-called “buckyballs” – complex carbon molecules with a soccer-ball-like structure – throughout interstellar space. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona has proposed a mechanism for their formation in a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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Fluffy Dinosaurs Actually Existed and Lived at the South Pole, Scientists Discover

by Georgia Slater, People – Human Interest

The “proto-feathers” may have been used to keep the smaller dinosaurs warm in polar habitats.

New research suggests that dinosaurs may have had a secret way of staying warm in ancient polar habitats — feathers!

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