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Chernobyl mold could shield astronauts from deep-space radiation – Yahoo Finance Australia

One of the biggest dangers of interplanetary travel is radiation exposure. In a single round trip to Mars, for instance, you may absorb 60 percent of the maximum recommend lifetime dosage. One surprising solution may be mold, according to researchers from Sta…

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One of the biggest dangers of interplanetary travel is radiation exposure. In a single round trip to Mars, you may absorb 60 percent of the maximum recommend lifetime dosage. One surprising solution may be mold, according to researchers from Stanford and North Carolina universities. They discovered that fungus thriving in the nuclear fallout of Chernobyl blocked radiation on the international space station (ISS), and could be adapted for trips to the Moon and Mars.
Near the Chernobyl reactor, s…

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We Now Know How Dying Stars Carve Out Mesmerising Mandalas of Stardust – The Union Journal

The last gasps of dying stars are some of the most beautiful objects in the galaxy. They’re called planetary nebulae, clouds of stellar material ejected out into space as a red giant star enters

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The last gasps of dying stars are some of the most beautiful objects in the galaxy.
Theyre called planetary nebulae, clouds of stellar material ejected out into space as a red giant star enters the last stage of its life. The dying star shucks off its outer layers, which are illuminated from within by the hot, exposed core.
These clouds are complex, and gorgeous, with mandala-like waves, strange discs, even bilobed jets akin to wings. The stunning complexity and variety of these shapes seems a…

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Australia’s stinging trees: if the snakes and spiders don’t get you, the plants might | Irina Vetter, Edward Kalani Gilding and Thomas Durek – The Guardian

Noxious nettles with venom similar to that of scorpions are helping scientists understand pain and how to control it

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Australia is home to some of the worlds most dangerous wildlife. Anyone who spends time outdoors in eastern Australia is wise to keep an eye out for snakes, spiders, swooping birds, crocodiles, deadly cone snails and tiny toxic jellyfish.
But what not everybody knows is that even some of the trees will get you.
Our research on the venom of Australian stinging trees, found in the countrys north-east, shows these dangerous plants can inject unwary wanderers with chemicals much like those found i…

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Weekly ASX small cap wrap: Russia puts its claim on Venus – Stockhead

Time to start whipping up a batch of borscht. Russia – or at least the chief of its space agency – has declared that Venus is a “Russian planet” and that it will send its own mission to the second planet from the sun. This declaration comes after a recent sci…

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Time to start whipping up a batch of borscht. Russia or at least the chief of its space agency has declared that Venus is a Russian planet and that it will send its own mission to the second planet from the sun.
This declaration comes after a recent scientific study found hints that life could exist on Venus, which is famously known for its hellish atmosphere.
Russia is the only country to have landed probes on our nearest planetary neighbour, though these predictably …

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