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Are we children of stock cubes?

In primary school, we learned that life began in the "primordial soup", that is, in the warm ocean that covered part of the young Earth. On the contrary, perhaps it did not. According to some recent research, life developed on…

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Wet moon, lucky moon

On Monday 26 October 2020, NASA revealed a sensational discovery about our Moon: there is definitely water, also on its sunlit surface. The announcement was made with a press conference streamed at 5 p.m. Italian time. The notion that there…

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The Sun is heating up again: a new solar cycle is beginning

Summer has just ended but the sun has yet to start to "warm up". Our star is a huge furnace that doesn't always work the same way but, like our mood, has ups and downs. There are times when the…

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Is there life on Venus?

We call them "Martians" because, in science fiction, Mars has always been the natural home of extraterrestrials. In fact, of all the planets in the solar system, Mars is the prime candidate to host life, after Earth, of course. Indeed,…

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Spring is back

While the temperatures of the last days of winter and the first shoots and buds on the trees had already announced it, on 20 March spring officially began again at 4:49 a.m. (Italian time). At that exact moment, the Sun…

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The Fermi paradox

In our galaxy, the Milky Way, there are over 100 billion stars. Around us, we have discovered 100 billion more galaxies: we have not yet been able to see beyond them. Therefore, doing a simple multiplication, today we know that…

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One giant leap for mankind

First steps on the Moon Next 21st July, at 4:56 am Central European Time, it will be exactly 50 years since the first, momentous, landing of human beings on the Moon. Let's go back to 1969 to relive those moments…

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Does methane help life on Titan?

In 2034, a drone with eight propellers called Dragonfly will fly over the frozen surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. NASA will launch Dragonfly in 2026 as part of the New Frontiers research programme. The module transporting Dragonfly to Titan…

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Curious facts about summer

If someone asks you “When does summer begin?”, very probably you would answer that it begins on the summer solstice, which this year falls on 21 June. Yet a meteorologist might say that it had already begun some time earlier,…

 
 
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