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We found the genes that allowed plants to colonise land 500 million years ago – The Conversation UK

New research has pinpointed the genetic boost behind one of the biggest transformations of life on Earth.

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Main Belt asteroid Psyche might be the remnant of a planet that never fully formed – Phys.org

New 2-D and 3-D computer modeling of impacts on the asteroid Psyche, the largest Main Belt asteroid, indicate it is probably metallic and porous in composition, something like a flying cosmic rubble pile. Knowing this will be critical to NASA’s forthcoming as…

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New 2-D and 3-D computer modeling of impacts on the asteroid Psyche, the largest Main Belt asteroid, indicate it is probably metallic and porous in composition, something like a flying cosmic rubble pile. Knowing this will be critical to NASA’s forthcoming asteroid mission, Psyche: Journey to a Metal World, that launches in 2022.
“This mission will be the first to visit a metallic asteroid, and the more we, the scientific community, know about Psyche prior to launch, the more likely the mission…

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NOW LIVE: Aldi’s back to school buys – from just £1.99 and eco-friendly, too – Real Homes Australia

Prices start from £1.99

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It’s not long now until the kids go back to school, as Aldi has reminded us this week with their Special Buys section. New for this week is a range of back to school buys both in-store and online we’re talking everything from school uniform to stationery sets, home learning books and school bags and prices are seriously cheap. 
Honestly? Whether you are on a budget or not, these Aldi back to school buys are well worth a look. The best part? They’re selling an eco-friendly range this year so tha…

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The Moon and stars are a compass for nocturnal animals – but light pollution is leading them astray – The Conversation UK

Towns and cities create an orange glow on the horizon at night. It’s so widespread that it even disturbs sea creatures.

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Many nocturnal animal species use light from the moon and stars to migrate at night in search of food, shelter or mates. But in our recent study we uncovered how artificial light is disrupting these nightly migrations.
Electric lighting is transforming our world. Around 80% of the global population now lives in places where night skies are polluted with artificial light. A third of humanity can no longer see the Milky Way the galaxy our solar system belongs to. But light at night has deeper eff…

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