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Venus, Io, Triton: What we know about destinations of NASA’s Discovery finalists

As NASA’s four Discovery finalists look to prepare for the next round of solar system exploration, ThePrint highlights key facts about their destinations.
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Alien life is out there, but our theories are not helping us find it

Recent years have seen changes to our theories about what counts as a biosignature and which planets might be habitable. We must expect the unexpected.
The image shows the distribution of hydrogen in the form of a large ring shown in red

Indian astronomers spot huge hydrogen ring around distant galaxy, don’t know what caused it

With a diameter of about 3,80,000 light-years, the ring is about four times the size of the Milky Way, which contains our solar system.
Annotated image of the first global map of Titan | NASA/JPL/Caltech/ASU

First map of Saturn’s largest moon Titan revealed, shows features similar to Earth

The map, published by Nature Astronomy Monday, has six primary features on its surface — plains, labyrinth, hummocky, dunes, craters and lakes.

Scientists make black, hot ice in a lab, unlocking another secret of the universe

'Superionic water ice' may help scientists better understand the universe, especially the solar system's most distant planetary denizens, Uranus & Neptune.

Saturn’s moon Titan has lakes of methane over 100 metres deep, and they’re much like ours

Titan, one of over 60 moons of Saturn, is the only other body in the solar system to have liquid on its surface.
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Uranus remains mysterious but now we know why it spins on its side

Unlike all the other planets, Uranus and its rings are tilted by almost a right angle.

The Neanderthal gift that’s serving us humans well

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, will offer you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to the best sources to read them. It’s your fix to stay on top of the latest in science. 
Artist’s impression of the newly discovered exomoon orbiting the exoplanet Kepler-1625b

First moon outside the solar system found. It’s the size of Neptune

The ‘exomoon’ was found orbiting exoplanet Kepler-1625b — around 4,000 light years away from earth — by two Columbia University astronomers.
Goblin planet

It’s not a planet or a comet. But this icy Goblin is another thrilling key to the universe

A 'tiny, cold world' has been discovered in a mysterious disc-shaped region far beyond Neptune.

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We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

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Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.