Starlight alone can tear asteroids into pieces

Like a real life version of the game Asteroids, the majority of stars will become so luminous that their light causes asteroids to break into smaller bits.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Feb. 10, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

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Did volcanoes kill the dinosaurs? This team says nope

Volcanoes had nothing to do with K-Pg, the mass extinction event in which dinosaurs perished, researchers say. That was all an asteroid's doing.

Jim Shelton-Yale | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

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How plausible are the planets in Star Wars?

Could icy Hoth really exist? How about the iconic double suns of Tatooine? Experts on planetary formation, processes, and habitability discuss the science of Star Wars.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford | Dec. 18, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

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We have a winner! Team picks Bennu sample collection spot

After several months evaluating data from four candidate sites on the asteroid Bennu, scientists have finally identified the best sample collection spot.

U. Arizona | Dec. 16, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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3 theories why asteroid Bennu is spewing bits

"Among Bennu's many surprises, the particle ejections sparked our curiosity, and we've spent the last several months investigating this mystery."

U. Arizona | Dec. 10, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

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Fossils show life’s recovery after dino-killing asteroid strike

"These fossils tell us for the first time how exactly our planet recovered from this global cataclysm."

U. Washington | Oct. 31, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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Asteroid crater sheds light on first day of dinosaur extinction

"It was a momentous day in the history of life, and this is a very clear documentation of what happened at ground zero..."

Monica Kortsha-Texas | Sept. 17, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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Theory: Odd metallic asteroid spewed molten iron

The density of the metallic asteroid Psyche has mystified scientists, but a new theory points to molton iron as an explanation.

Emil Venere-Purdue | Sept. 17, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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Team determines asteroid origin of 5 meteorites

It has been extremely difficult to assign meteorites called mesosiderites to a specific asteroid. New research indicates their age and origin.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich | June 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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Grab a bit of asteroid Bennu? Not so fast

The mission to get a bit of the asteroid Bennu's surface back to Earth in 2023 is facing some unexpected challenges. Here are four new findings.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | March 25, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

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