Largest Whales Started Evolving 4.5 Million Years Ago

Giant whales are relatively new, as US scientists report. Whale size changed rapidly at the beginning of the Ice Ages, as the ocean's food supply changed. Large baleen whales were better suited to feed and travel long distances to find new food sources. (May 24, 2017)

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Nearby Star as a Model of our Early Solar System

Researchers from Iowa State University used NASA’s SOFIA aircraft, with a 2.5-meter telescope to observed the star epsilon Eridani, approximately 10 light years away from the sun. Eridani is one-fifth the age of sun but similar otherwise. Astronomers are using it as a model for the development of our own solar system. (May 2, 2017)

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