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This Week In Science!

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Chris Carpineti

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clockDec 24 2021, 12:12 UTC

Fully Intact Dinosaur Embryo Found Inside Fossilized Egg

An incredibly rare, fully articulated dinosaur embryo – nicknamed Baby Yingliang – has been found inside a fossilized egg belonging to a group of feathered, toothless theropods known as oviraptorosaurs. It is thought to be between 66 and 72 million years old. Housed at the Yingliang Stone Nature History Museum, Baby Yingliang is among the most complete dinosaur embryos ever found, allowing researchers a rare look at an intact baby theropod.

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First Magnetic Field Found On A Planet Outside Our Solar System

Hubble space telescope observations of the planet HAT-P-11b reveal a stream of charged carbon particles surrounding it forming a comet-like tail. Scientists argue this represents compelling evidence for the presence of a strong magnetic field. HAT-P-11b's atmosphere has relatively low concentrations of elements heavier than helium, making it more like Jupiter or Saturn in composition than Neptune. Without its magnetic field, life on Earth would be impossible, or at least a shadow of what we know.

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First Injectable Medication To Prevent HIV Approved By FDA

The FDA has approved the world’s first injectable pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drug to minimize chances of acquiring HIV through sexual contact. Unlike existing tablets which must be administered daily, the new treatment only needs to be taken every two months. The FDA explained that PrEP is currently recommended for about 1.2 million at-risk people in the US, and while uptake is rising, only 25 percent actually received a prescription in 2020.

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World's Oldest Family Tree Reconstructed Using DNA From Neolithic Tomb

A 5,700-year-old tomb has been found to contain five generations of one family, buried over the course of a century. The Hazleton Long Barrow contains bones and teeth of many individuals, with 35 preserved well enough that scientists successfully sequenced their DNA. Of these people, 27 of these were closely related. Most descended from a single patriarch, who had children with at least four women.

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What Is Web3 And Why Are Tech People Talking About It?

Web3, or Web 3.0, would mea nusers are not just content creators, they are also in charge of the platforms where the content is shared. Centralized entities, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google, will be replaced by social media platforms and search engines with no company behind them. But, despite the good intentions of the proponents of this vision, the outcome might not be what they desired.

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Fact Check: Will We Be Microchipped With Vaccine Passports?

No, one company offering people access to their vaccine passports via an implantable chip is not a sign this will soon be mandatory, let alone that this represents the mark of the beast signaling the coming of the antichrist.

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