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Scientists discover amber tomb that shows a prehistoric “hell ant” killing its prey with bizarre jaws that look like the Grim Reaper’s scythe – CBS News

A “hell ant” some 99 million years ago used its scythe-like jaws to trap a baby roach for its next meal — but then the pair got stuck in sap and were preserved for scientists to discover centuries later.

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A 99-million-year-old amber fossil preserving a deadly encounter between two insects has proven what scientists long suspected about some of the Earth’s first ants. The insect’s ancestors had a deadly weapon in place of modern pincers — vertical jaws that looked like the Grim Reaper’s scythe that were used to pin prey against a horn on their heads so that it was easier to keep ahold of their meal.
The discovery was published Thursday in the scientific journal “Current Biology.”
The fossil was …

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Starship family grows ahead of new test phase – NASASpaceflight.com

SpaceX’s family of Starship prototypes continues to grow ahead of what promises to be one…

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SpaceX’s family of Starship prototypes continues to grow ahead of what promises to be one of the most ambitious test programs in rocket history.
However, with “excitement guaranteed,” per CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk, the test flight of Starship SN8 will require fans to set their expectations accordingly – as it launches to 60,000 feet before a bellyflop return and three engine flip and burn for landing.
A successful test on the first attempt would be incredible. However, a failure would a…

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Are Humans Still Evolving? Scientists Weigh In – ScienceAlert

As a species, humans have populated almost every corner of the earth. We have developed technologies and cultures which shape the world we live in.

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As a species, humans have populated almost every corner of the earth. We have developed technologies and cultures which shape the world we live in.
The idea of ‘natural selection’ or ‘survival of the fittest’ seems to make sense in Stone Age times when we were fighting over scraps of meat, but does it still apply now?
We asked 12 experts whether humans are still evolving. The expert consensus is unanimously ‘yes’, however scientists say we might have the wrong idea of what evolution actually i…

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Alien planets in deep space could be made of diamonds, researchers suggest – Fox News

Newly published research suggests that some exoplanets in deep space largely comprised of carbon could turn into diamonds.

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They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but what about an entire planet made of diamonds?
Newly published research suggests that some exoplanets in deep space largely comprised of carbon could turn into diamonds.
The research, published in The Planetary Science Journal, suggests that these “carbon-rich” planets could have the right conditions, such as water, heat and pressure, to turn the carbon into diamonds. These planets could also form other minerals that are found on Earth, such as si…

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