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Linda Crampton
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Biology, Nature, and Science Writer
Biology, Nature, and Science Writer

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This year's winter solstice is on Friday, December 21st. It should be interesting. I'm hoping that the night sky is clear where I live.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2018/12/18/winter-solstice-2018-coincides-with-both-a-full-moon-and-meteor-shower/#4c5ca62e52e6
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When wind blows across snow dunes on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica, a "song" consisting of near-constant tones is produced. The sounds are too low for us to hear, but scientists can monitor the state of the ice by detecting the sounds with sensors.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181016150654.htm
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One of the many problems caused by rising sea levels could be the loss of important heritage sites.
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/10/sea-level-rise-could-drown-dozens-mediterranean-heritage-sites
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Amanita muscaria (fly agaric) is poisonous but beautiful. Fungi aren't plants, but I think they are very interesting organisms.
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In order to hear, we need the hair cells in the cochlea of our inner ears. The cells change sound vibrations into electrical impulses that travel to the brain. Hair cells can be destroyed by loud noises or by the aging process. Many other animals can regenerate lost hair cells, but we can't.

Researchers have recently discovered a pathway that may activate stem cells in the human ear and trigger the production of new hair cells to replace the missing ones. Although the discovery is not ready for clinical use yet, it may one day be very helpful in improving hearing.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181015132953.htm
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This strange and pulsating creature is a lion's main jellyfish (Cyanea capillata), which is the largest species of jellyfish in the world. The unfortunate animal was stranded on a beach.

https://www.sciencealert.com/this-alien-looking-jellyfish-washed-up-in-new-zealand-and-it-s-mesmerising
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Researchers have 3D-printed a bionic “eye”. Though it can’t be used as a human eye yet, it brings researchers one step closer to being able to help blind people. The printed structure is covered with photoreceptors on a hemispheric surface—the first time that this pattern has been printed—and contains printed photodiodes that convert light energy into electrical energy.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180828172043.htm
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This is a touching story about a traveller who tries to explore her roots in the former country of Yugoslavia.
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180425-im-from-a-country-that-no-longer-exists
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The universe is fascinating.
The cluster, which sits a mere 2.4 billion light years from Earth, is made up of hundreds of individual galaxies and surrounds an extremely active supermassive black hole, or quasar.

#galaxy #space MIT
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