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The Lancet more than doubles its impact factor, eclipsing NEJM for the first time ever – Retraction Watch

The Lancet more than doubles its impact factor, eclipsing NEJM for the first time ever – Retraction Watch

The Lancet has overtaken the New England Journal of Medicine as the medical journal with the highest impact factor, according to Clarivate’s 2022 update to its Journal Citation Reports. And the jump wasn’t subtle: The Lancet’s impact factor – a controversial measure of how often a journal’s papers are cited on average – more than …

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Rock samples from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover contain key ingredient for life

Rock samples from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover contain key ingredient for life

Martian rock samples collected by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover show signs of key ingredients for life as we know it on Earth. The venerable Curiosity Rover drilled samples from scab crater, the site of an ancient lake on Mars. Using these samples, scientists were able, for the first time, to measure the total amount of …

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How to See Rare 'Night-Shining' Clouds, Thanks to Climate Change

How to See Rare ‘Night-Shining’ Clouds, Thanks to Climate Change

Photo: Anna Anikina (Shutterstock) The age of the noctilucent cloud is upon us. Night-shining clouds are historically rare, beautiful formations of shimmering ice crystals hanging in the upper atmosphere that were only visible in the northern parts of the world in years past. They’ve been steadily creeping south for four decades though, so this could …

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Physicists confront the neutron lifetime puzzle

Physicists confront the neutron lifetime puzzle

From left, ORNL’s Matthew Frost and Leah Broussard used a neutron scattering instrument at the Spallation Neutron Source to search for a dark matter twin to the neutron. Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL, US Dept. of Energy To solve a long-standing puzzle about how long a neutron can “live” outside an atomic nucleus, physicists entertained a wild …

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Venus Aerospace unveils its dart-like Mach 9 plane design

Venus Aerospace unveils its dart-like Mach 9 plane design

Hypersonic technology is all the rage right now, though the specific concepts and applications are hardly anything new. However, that’s not stopping the mad rush of aerospace firms from attempting to inject hypersonic capabilities into everything from missiles to airplanes to space planes and beyond. Even Hollywood recently dipped its toes into the super-speed game …

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Study identifies a tidal disruption event that coincides with the production of a high-energy neutrino

Study identifies a tidal disruption event that coincides with the production of a high-energy neutrino

The intense radiation stemming from the TDE debris disk around the black hole (centre) heats surrounding dust until it begins to radiate brightly in the infrared. This process is called a dust echo. Credit: Science Communication Lab and DESY. High-energy neutrinos are highly fascinating subatomic particles produced when very fast charged particles collide with other …

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Docked Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Maneuvers ISS in Test

Docked Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Maneuvers ISS in Test

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus freighter. Photo: NASA NASA is breathing a sigh of relief following a successful demonstration in which a docked Cygnus freighter was temporarily converted into a booster engine for the International Space Station. The favorable test suggests NASA has the means to adjust the space station’s orbit should Russia decide to leave the …

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NanoAvionics Small Satellite Uses GoPro for Selfie in Space

NanoAvionics Small Satellite Uses GoPro for Selfie in Space

A view of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from low Earth orbit (shown at 8x normal speed). gif: NanoAvionics/Gizmodo Proprietary space-grade cameras are expensive, limited, and a pain to develop. Smallsat manufacturer NanoAvionics recently sidestepped any development issues and opted for something off the shelf instead. The company used a GoPro Hero 7 mounted to a …

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