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Scorching Hot Exoplanet Makes Scientists Scratch Heads

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An international team of astronomers has managed to compile the first temperature map of 55 Cancri e, a rocky ‘super-Earth’ exoplanet thought to have twice the diameter of Earth, according to NASA. The first thermal map of the exoplanet 55 Cancri e has been compiled by researchers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope; the map reveals extreme temperature swings from one side of the... 

Scientists Reveal Dark Matter Secret Behind Mercury's Crust

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The secret behind Mercury’s low visibility to astronomers has finally been revealed thanks to a recent mission to the planet. The reason for planet Mercury’s ‘dark’ appearance to astronomers has been found to be graphite, astronomers examining data from NASA’s MESSENGER mission found. The study, carried out at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory... 

NASA images show methane snow on Pluto peaks

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Latest images released by NASA’s New Horizons probe show Pluto’s most identifiable feature has snow on its peaks. Scientists say what they see as snow, is actually frozen methane condensed on Pluto’s “Cthulhu” (pronounced kuh-THU-lu) peaks. “Cthulhu” is one of the most notable on the tiny world, stretching nearly halfway around Pluto’s equator. Its appearance is characterized... 

Mysterious 'meteor' lights up Scottish sky, rumbles dramatically

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A mysterious fireball made a dramatic entrance into the Scottish sky, lighting up the night and making a loud rumbling noise, which left residents somewhat confused. The object is believed to have been a meteor, though that has yet to be confirmed. Police in Scotland said they received a flood of calls at around 6:55pm on Monday, after a bright flash was seen dancing across the sky, Mail Online reported.... 

Earth found to be one of a kind

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Avatar fans prepare yourself for disappointment as we’re afraid you may never get to live on Pandora. A new study has shown that Earth truly is one of a kind with nothing coming close to life on this planet. Astronomers in Sweden used computer simulations to model the known universe from existing data and then applied the laws of physics to advance the model 13.8 billion years. Out of the 700 quintillion... 

North Korean satellite ‘tumbling in orbit’

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North Korea’s controversial satellite is “tumbling in orbit,” CBS News reports, citing US officials. Meanwhile, South Korea confirmed that the satellite has been successfully launched into orbit, but could not verify if it is functioning. Experts are yet to validate any signals from the newly launched satellite, but CBS News correspondent David Martin quoted US officials as saying that the satellite... 

US Slams North Korea’s Plans for 'Satellite Launch'

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The United States has warned that North Korea is preparing to launch a long-range missile, dismissing official statements from Pyongyang to the United Nations that the launch will actually involve a satellite. Satellite imagery has indicated that North Korea is preparing to conduct rocket launches later this month from a test site known as Tongchang-ri. The movement of rocket components at the site... 

On planet 2MASS J2126, one year lasts for million earthly years

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Planet 2MASS J2126, which was considered an independent space body, moves in orbit around the star about one trillion kilometers far from the planet, the Royal Astronomical Society said. A team of astronomers from the UK, the US and Australia described their discovery in “Monthly Notices” journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. Scientists discovered the planet as a separate body eight... 

John McCain Furious at Pentagon for Still Purchasing Russian Rockets

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MUOS-3 Navy communications satellite and Atlas-V rocket at pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for launch on January 20, 2015. Despite John McCain’s profound displeasure, US defense officials are not inclined to abandon the RD-180 Russian rocket engines until 2021 or 2022 earliest. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the United States Air Force has become one of Russia’s... 

Space junk may cause armed conflict

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The earth, humans’ only ship in the cosmic ocean, is engulfed by millions of space junk, which can cause serious damage to any national satellite, a signal which might be misconstrued as an attack launched by an adversary and provoke an armed conflict. In an article published by journal Acta Astronautica, Russian scientist Vitaly Adushkin argues that possible impacts from orbital debris, even tiny... 

Leave Earth Before the Ruling Class Destroys It - Stephen Hawking

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Humanity’s future is in peril thanks to so-called advancements in science and technology, claims Professor Stephen Hawking, who cited“nuclear war, global warming, and genetically-modified viruses” as deadly threats to our existence. Hawking described various “things that could go wrong” to an audience of hundreds attending the first in a series of BBC Reith Lectures, which pertain to research... 

No way to live outside Earth, space colonization a myth - ESA director

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For decades in history space was the giant playground – but only for NASA and the USSR. Now, many nations strive to reach and explore the last frontier. With the enormous costs for the venture, will cooperation prevail over national interests? Are there benefits in the near future – for all of us – in spending so much to get to the orbit? We touch upon all these questions with Director-General... 

Clinton pledges probe for extraterrestrial life

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Finding intelligent alien life forms with a far more advanced civilization than that of ours has intrigued human minds for at least the past few decades. Astrobiologists from all over the world keep faith in detecting such a civilization in the near future, even though they are highly speculative about the possible types of complex alien life forms — if any — in other parts of our Galaxy.... 

Russia superior to US in space technology

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The US government’s recent order of Russian rocket engines shows that America has become inferior to Russia in space technology, says an American analyst and former US Army officer. United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, said Wednesday it had ordered 20 new RD-180 rocket engines from Russia on top of 29 engines it ordered last year. The Russian engines will... 

Curiosity Rover Finds Crucial Life-Sustaining Nitrogen on Mars

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Scientists studying the Red Planet have for the first time detected nitrogen, a component crucial to the existence of life, extracted from nitrate molecules as a result of heating surface sediments, adding evidence that Mars could once have sustained life. Carbon-based life is not possible without nitrogen. The element is required for the shaping of molecules such as DNA and RNA, both of which carry... 
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