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Science!: a nature & outer space roundup May 23, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Human beings have mostly-invisible stripes. You can see them with certain skin conditions, or with chimeras; current theory says they’re based on the way cells grow during with embryo development.

A bunch of creepy-looking new species (and mutations), including a Yoda-faced bat, a one-eyed shark, and a NSFW snake.

Eighty-thousand-year-old grove of trees! That is, it’s a single connected root system, with a ton of apparently-separate trees growing out of it.

“Astronomers said Thursday that they had found the most Earth-like worlds yet known in the outer cosmos, a pair of planets that appear capable of supporting life and that orbit a star 1,200 light-years from here, in the northern constellation Lyra.

Researchers in the United Kingdom have found algae-like fossils in meteorite fragments that landed in Sri Lanka last year.” It’s still not a certainty that the fossils are biological in nature…but they sure do look like it.

“NASA astronomers announced Thursday they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy.” With pictures. Amazing pictures.

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