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114 Earth-Like Planets Found, Possibly Supporting Life or Aliens

Astronomers from the University of Hertfordshire in England said they were astonished when found 60 new planets orbiting stars near the Earth’s own solar system, while another 54 planets were also found nearby, bringing the total number of potential planets to 114, which they believe have the potential to support life system or could be hosting aliens already. Dr Mikko ...

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Dark Matter darker than previously thought, say astronomers

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought. This finding narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be. “Dark matter is an enigma we have long sought to unravel. With the ...

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Japan’s Hitachi develops world’s most powerful microscope

Japan MNC Hitachi has developed a microscope with capacity of highest known resolution based on the transmission of electrons to observe at the atomic level, which may revolutionize the way we see atoms. The transmission electron microscope (TEM), work on which was started in 2010, was completed this week and has a 43-picometre resolution (a picometre is one-trillionth of a ...

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Germans Develop New Laser-Guided Hunt for Earth-Like Planets

German researchers have developed a new laser technique that will allow find Earth-like planets in distant space with unprecedented accuracy and ease. KInown as laser frequency comb (LFC), the new technology was developed by the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics and the University Observatory Munich, Menlo Systems GmbH (Germany), the IAC and the Universidade ...

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Life on other planets: Alternative chemistries of life?

Ideas about directing evolution of life forms on Earth and finding life on other planets are rapidly morphing from science-fiction fantasy into mainstream science, says David Lynn, a chemist at Emory University. “These areas of science are rapidly coming of age because of our increasing knowledge and advancing technology. It’s an exciting time. We’re on the threshold of answering fundamental ...

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Exoplanets Likely to Have Water, Hospitable to Life

A recent study shows that planets outside our solar system, exoplanets, are expected to have liquid and be more habitable than previously thought. “Planets with potential oceans could have a climate that is much more similar to Earth’s than previously expected,” said Jeremy Leconte, post-doctoral fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at University of Toronto. The study ...

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NASA Scientists Spot Accurate Position of Saturn

NASA researchers have determined the exact location of Saturn and its family of moons to within four km – a feat that will improve astronomers’ knowledge of Saturn’s orbit and benefits spacecraft navigation and basic physics research. The team of researchers paired NASA’s Cassini spacecraft with the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio-telescope system to achieve this. ...

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Star dust, main clue to formation of life on planets, recreated in lab

Star dust in deeper space may provide clues to our understanding of the life-formation elements on planets, especially by recreating isotopes that result when a star explodes. The dust left behind after explosion can help space scientists and pysicists trace the location where the possibility of life-supporting elements do exist in space, said Indian-origin researcher Zena Patel. “Our study essentially ...

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Impact of Small Space Rocks Wiped Out Primitive Earth’s Atmosphere

An international team of researchers has discovered that a relentless blitz of small space rocks may have bombarded Earth around the time the moon was formed, kicking up clouds of gas with enough force to permanently eject small portions of the atmosphere into space. The researchers calculated that tens of thousands of such small impacts could have efficiently jettisoned Earth’s ...

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Google Adsense April 1 Joke Amuses Shocked Publishers

Google adsense, the product that lets website owners earn their living and check daily or some hourly checks were in shock on Tuesday when they found the website virtually showing something unimagineable. Google adsense has added the option to track website visitors not by countries or continents but by planets and moons, reflecting perhaps a situation a century from now. ...

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