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Isaac Schultz
isaacschultz
Science writer at Gizmodo.
Jan 21
6

Here, the idea was a fancy burrow. Part of the reason the crustacean theory was nixed is that the shrimp would have had these offshoot “galleries and mazes” within the burrow, Löwemark said. This burrow was slender, with no offshoots, and had that gradual curve to it. Read more

Jan 20
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Since wind only makes sound when in contact with an object, it’d be hard to hear wind on Mars. Wind was “heard” once before, in 2018—but without a mic to record the sound. More reading here: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/nasa-insight-lander-hears-martian-winds/ Read more

Jan 19
3

Astonishment, disappointment. The terms are interchangeable—but I remain hopeful! Glad you liked it.

Jan 19
5

The Cloaca Maxima can still be visited at the Roman Forum today! Needless to say, no dinosaur cloacae can compare in scale.

Jan 14
1

Correct! They had some issues with calculating the barycenter in previous work, and Ransom says they believe that’s sorted in the 12.5-year data.

Dec 29
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In the Neolithic, the sea level was much lower and the shoreline was further west. The cores were taken from below through the sand layers of the present—the researchers were extracting soil that (surprise, surprise) had a layer of crushed seashells where they shouldn’t have been given where the shoreline was at the Read more

Dec 29
7

The great wall (mentioned in other reply) is way, way bigger, though yeah it depends on how one defines “object.” For scales of other big things out there, might I recommend: https://www.livescience.com/largest-objects-in-universe.html