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The Daily Galaxy - Great Discoveries Channel -Your Daily Dose of Awe: Science, Space, Tech

The Daily Galaxy -Great Discoveries Channel, is an eclectic text and video presentation of news and original insights on science, space exploration, and the environment and their reflections in popular culture (film, books, events). Eclectic text and video blog of news and insights on science, space, technology and popular culture.



Today's Top Science Headline --100,000-year-Old Hashtag: "The First Human Symbol?"  

    "Cave art was part of the package deal in terms of how homo sapiens came to have this very high-level cognitive processing," says Miyagawa, a professor of linguistics and the Kochi-Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture at MIT. "You have this very concrete cognitive process that converts an acoustic signal into some mental representation and externalizes it as a visual." "It's very difficult to try to understand how human language itself appeared in evolution," M

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2018-04-20 09:12:41



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --WW 11 High-Tech Nazi Submarine Found --"On a Mysterious Mission to South America"  

Two days before the Allied forces declared victory over Nazi Germany at the end of World War II, a high-tech German submarine set out from Denmark on a mysterious mission. The sub was a brand-new Type XXI U-boat, hailed as the most advanced Nazi submarine of its time. It was deadly quiet, superfast and allegedly capable of traveling from Europe to South America without having to surface. Still, for all its cutting-edge technology, the sub was blasted to the seafloor by a British aerial

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2018-04-20 08:04:06



Cluster of Stars Harbors a Massive Mystery Source of Cosmic Rays  

  "This particular source of gamma rays was found towards an unusual cluster of stars which harbors one of the Milky Way's most massive and energetic young stars, a luminous blue variable star called LBV1806-20," says Associate Professor Gavin Rowell, from the University of Adelaide's High Energy Astrophysics Group and leader of Australia's participation in HESS -the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) gamma ray telescopes in Namibia. "The cluster of stars also harbors a rare, ex

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2018-04-20 06:39:42



From the Farside --"Prehistoric Humans May Have Performed Brain Surgery"  

    Oh, my! Humans have been performing brain surgery—or at least drilling holes in one others' skulls—for thousands of years, reports today's Science. But how did they get their practice? A new study analyzing an exquisitely bored hole in the skull of a 5000-year-old cow suggests they may have honed their skills on animals. The bovine cranium in question was found in Vendee, France, a Neolithic site that was a trade hub for salt and cattle between 3400 and 3000 B.C.E. Sci...

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2018-04-19 09:43:23



Z-Machine --World's Most Powerful X-ray Source "Will Create a White-Dwarf Star on Earth" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)  

  "The really amazing thing about this research is that it changes the way astronomy has been conducted in the past," said Don Winget, the director of CAPP and a professor in the Department of Astronomy. "There were a lot of things we thought we understood, or knew we didn't understand in astrophysics. By re-creating those conditions and making real measurements in the laboratory, we're changing how we think of not only astronomy as a field, but how we think of specific as...

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2018-04-19 07:54:39



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --“A Highly Altered, Degraded System” -Since 2016, Half of All Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died  

    "Once upon a time, there was a city so dazzling and kaleidoscopic, so braided and water-rimmed, that it was often compared to a single living body. It clustered around a glimmering emerald spine, which astronauts could glimpse from orbit. It hid warm nooks and crannies, each a nursery for new life. It opened into radiant, iris-colored avenues, which tourists crossed oceans to see. The city was, the experts declared, the planet's largest living structure." Then, all at once,...

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2018-04-19 07:12:34



"The Star Killer" --Rare 'Butterfly' Galaxy with Two Supermassive Black Holes  

  While most galaxies in the universe hold only one supermassive black hole at their center, NGC 6240 contains two--and they're circling each other in the last steps before crashing together. New research reveals how gases ejected by those spiraling black holes, in combination with gases ejected by stars in the galaxy, may have begun to power down NGC 6240's production of new stars.  The team also shows how these "winds" have helped to create the galaxy's most tell-tale feat

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2018-04-19 06:23:46



"We'll Find Planets of a Kind Never Seen Before" --SpaceX Will Launch NASA's TESS Satellite Today @6:51 PM EST (WATCH All-Day Live)  

  "One of the biggest questions in exoplanet exploration is: If an astronomer finds a planet in a star's habitable zone, will it be interesting from a biologist's point of view?" said George Ricker, TESS principal investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research in Cambridge, which is leading the mission rescheduled for launch today. "We expect TESS will discover a number of planets whose atmospheric composi...

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2018-04-18 06:33:53



Remnants Found of a Lost Planet That Once Roamed Our Solar System  

  "What we're claiming here," said Philippe Gillet, a planetary scientist at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, "is that we have in our hands a remnant of this first generation of planets that are missing today because they were destroyed or incorporated in a bigger planet." What Gillet was referring to are Fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth about a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system. Researchers from Switzer

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2018-04-17 13:39:55



"We Truly Don't Know What It Is" --Mystery Milky-Way Spectrum of Light Observed 'Not Produced By Any Known Emission'  

    "We use special telescopes to catch X-ray light in the sky, and while looking at these X-rays, the telescopes noticed an unexpected feature and captured a spectrum of light, which is not produced by any known atomic emission," said University of Miami astrophysicist Nico Cappelluti. "This emission line is now called the 3.5 kiloelectron volt (keV). One interpretation of this emission line is that it's produced by the decay of dark matter." "This 3.5 keV emission line is unid

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2018-04-17 10:45:13



"We Truly Don't Know What It Is" --Mystery Milky-Way Spectrum of Light Observed   

    "We use special telescopes to catch X-ray light in the sky, and while looking at these X-rays, the telescopes noticed an unexpected feature and captured a spectrum of light, which is not produced by any known atomic emission," said University of Miami astrophysicist Nico Cappelluti. "This emission line is now called the 3.5 kiloelectron volt (keV). One interpretation of this emission line is that it's produced by the decay of dark matter." "This 3.5 keV emission line is unid

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2018-04-17 10:45:13



Today's Top Science Headline --Hunt for Wonder Drugs at the North Pole In a Race Against Deadly Antibiotic Resistance  

    "Sixty percent of the drugs we take today were developed from natural products, and most of those products have terrestrial sources. Currently, only seven FDA-approved pharmaceuticals in clinical use have marine sources, compared to hundreds of land-based drugs. And while scientists have isolated more than 30,000 unique organic compounds from marine organisms, they believe there are hundreds of thousands more to be found." Gathered around a white plastic table, four scientis

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2018-04-17 09:04:45



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --SpaceX's Elon Musk Warns That AI Will Create an 'Immortal Dictator' in New Documentary 'Do You Trust This Computer'  

    "We are rapidly headed toward digital superintelligence that far exceeds any human, I think it's pretty obvious," Elon Musk said in a new AI documentary called "Do You Trust This Computer?" directed by Chris Paine (who interviewed Musk previously for the documentary "Who Killed The Electric Car?"). "If one company or a small group of people manages to develop godlike digital super-intelligence, they could take over the world." Imagine if that immortal dictator was a network o

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2018-04-17 07:04:34



Today's Top Space Headline --"Wormholes in Spacetime May be Detected By Their Shadows"  

  In a new analysis, published in the preprint journal arXiv on March 30, Rajibul Shaikh, a physicist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India, found that a certain type of rotating wormhole would cast a larger and more distorted shadow than the one cast by a black hole. As a wormhole spun faster, its shadow would appear a little smooshed, while a black hole's shadow would remain more disk-like. "Through the observation of their shadows, it might be possible to di

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2018-04-17 06:27:15



Today's Top Space Headline --"Wormholes in Spacetime May be Detected By Strange Shadows"  

  In a new analysis, published in the preprint journal arXiv on March 30, Rajibul Shaikh, a physicist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India, found that a certain type of rotating wormhole would cast a larger and more distorted shadow than the one cast by a black hole. As a wormhole spun faster, its shadow would appear a little smooshed, while a black hole's shadow would remain more disk-like. "Through the observation of their shadows, it might be possible to di

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2018-04-17 06:27:15



NASA's New Planet-Hunting TESS Launch Postponed To Wednesday (LISTEN Tess Podcast)  

    SpaceX announced yesterday that it's standing down to conduct additional Guidance Navigation & Control analysis, and teams are now working towards a targeted launch of @NASA_TESS on Wednesday, April 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station due to an issue with the spacecraft's rocket ride, a SpaceX Falcon 9. TESS will follow in the footsteps of NASA's epic Kepler space telescope, which has discovered 2,650 alien worlds to date — about 70 percent of all known exoplanets. Ke...

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2018-04-17 06:02:11



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Unveils Five Amazing Citizen Explorers  

    In the mornings, Sylvia Beer sits at the desktop computer in her living room with a cup of coffee and looks for ridges on Mars. Her town of Wodonga, Australia, gets so hot that in summer she begins scanning Mars images at 4 a.m., when she takes medication for Parkinson's disease. The condition sometimes affects her memory and movement — she uses a cane or walker to get around, and can't walk as far as she'd like — but her passion for learning about space has not suf...

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2018-04-16 09:26:55



Today's Top Space Headline: Liftoff from Proxima b --"Alien Civilizations May Find Barriers to Interstellar Travel"  

    Almost all space missions launched so far by our civilization have been based on chemical propulsion, writes Harvard's Abraham Loeb. The fundamental limitation here is easy to understand: a rocket is pushed forward by ejecting burnt fuel gases backwards through its exhaust. The characteristic composition and temperature of the burnt fuel set the exhaust speed to a typical value of a few kilometers per second. Momentum conservation implies that the terminal speed of the rock

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2018-04-16 08:27:50



"A New Era: 200,000 Stars & Alien Planets" --WATCH All-Day-Launch Coverage of NASA's New Alien-Planet Hunter, TESS Spacecraft Today  

    "My great hope is that TESS will find new mysteries," said Dr. Stephen Rinehart, a project scientist for the mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "Maybe we'll find something out there that nobody expected and will leave people scratching their heads." NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launch is the next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system that will study and document 200,000 of the brightes...

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2018-04-16 07:20:59



Last Week's Top 5 Space & Science Headlines   

  "Setting the Stage" --MIT Scientists Identify Ingredients Needed to Brew Earth's First Life Forms "The Dark-Matter Paradox" --A Tiny Galaxy Without Any May Be Proof That It Exists   "Humans May Find It Impossible to Detect Alien Intelligence That's Based on Dark Energy or Matter "  Universe's Earliest Light Reveals Dark-Matter "Superhighway" 100's of Millions of Light Years Long "A New Unknown" --Astronomers Observe 72 Brilliant Flashes    &#

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2018-04-16 06:13:44



"20,000 New Planets!" --NASA's TESS Will Reveal a New Map of the Milky Way's Habitable Planets  

    Some of the most exciting space news of the past few years has been about Earth-like exoplanets revealed by the Kepler Mission that could possibly support life. TESS, a space telescope set to launch Monday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, will scan the sky for exoplanets faster and better than any existing spacecraft, vastly expanding our knowledge of our home galaxy. Tomorrow's launch will take place at Space Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral. Once it safely enters space,

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2018-04-15 09:02:59



Orphaned Planets of Binary Stars --"Poor Place to Search for Alien Life"  

  Planets orbiting "short-period" binary stars, or stars locked in close orbital embrace, can be ejected off into space as a consequence of their host stars' evolution, according to new research from the University of Washington, making them a poor place to aim coming ground- and space-based telescopes to look for habitable planets and life beyond Earth. The findings help explain why astronomers have detected few circumbinary planets -- which orbit stars that in turn orbit each other

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2018-04-15 06:35:48



"Countdown!" TESS Satellite's Search for Alien Worlds --WATCH Tomorrow April 15 NASA's Pre-Launch Press Conference    

    The countdown is on! The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to lift off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday, April 16, at 6:32 p.m. EDT. The space probe will study star systems that are 10 to 300 light-years from Earth. That's relatively close in astronomical terms — and far closer than the stars that Kepler, which launched in 2009, was designed to study. "My great hope is that TESS will find new mysteries," said Dr. ...

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2018-04-14 09:37:38



"Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?" (Today's Top Space Headline)  

    "By asking about civilizations lost in deep time, we're also asking about the possibility for universal rules guiding the evolution of all biospheres in all their creative potential, including the emergence of civilizations. Even without pickup-driving Paleocenians, we're only now learning to see how rich that potential might be." It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me, writes Adam Frank in today's Atlantic. Frank, a professor of astrophysics at ...

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2018-04-14 07:23:31



Weird Disks Around Distant Stars Observed Giving Birth to Alien Planets (WATCH Video)  

  SPHERE (Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch) at the European Southern Observatory has now been particularly successful at studying new born stars still surrounded by gas and dust. With SPHERE, ESO astronomers of ETH Zurich and Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg were able to take images of exotic planet-forming disks around the young stars: these disks, called protoplanetary disks, exist around so-called TTauri stars - the progenitors to our Sun - as w

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2018-04-13 08:40:52



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Scientists Game the Unthinkable: "What Happens If Terrorists Nuke Washington D.C.?" (WATCH Video)  

  At 11:15 on a Monday morning in May, an ordinary looking delivery van rolls into the intersection of 16th and K streets NW in downtown Washington, D.C., just a few blocks north of the White House. Inside, suicide bombers trip a switch. Instantly, most of a city block vanishes in a nuclear fireball two-thirds the size of the one that engulfed Hiroshima, Japan, writes Mitchell Waldrop in today's Science. Powered by 5 kilograms of highly enriched uranium that terrorists had hijacked w

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2018-04-13 07:32:15



"Do Dark Photons Exist?" --Dark Matter May the Tip of an Invisible Universe of Unknown Forces    

    Dark matter is aptly named. It emits no light and interacts with visible matter only via gravity. But dark matter might be only the tip of an invisible universe of unknown forces. This possibility has led to a hunt for "dark photons." Such photons are analogous to ordinary photons, but they are exchanged among particles of dark matter, and according to some models, they may have mass. Evidence for dark photons would be a game changer, says the journal Physics, revealing ...

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2018-04-13 06:54:27



"The Dark-Matter Paradox" --A Tiny Galaxy Without Any May Be Proof That It Exists (Today's Top Space Headline)  

    "It really is quite uncomfortable. It shouldn't exist; it shouldn't be real," Marla Geha, an astronomer at Yale University who was not part of the discovery team, said of the strange galaxy. "Yet if you look at the data, that's the conclusion you're drawn to." Paradoxically, a small galaxy that seems to contain none of the invisible stuff known as "dark matter" may help prove that it exists. Astronomers have long noticed an invisible elephant in the room ...

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2018-04-12 08:12:44



NASA's Juno Spacecraft Unveils Jupiter's 'Engine' Powering Its Magnetic Field  

  "Before Juno, we could only guess what Jupiter's poles would look like," said Alberto Adriani, Juno co-investigator from the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology, Rome. "Now, with Juno flying over the poles at a close distance it permits the collection of infrared imagery on Jupiter's polar weather patterns and its massive cyclones in unprecedented spatial resolution." Scientists working on NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter shared a 3-D infrared movie depicting densely packe

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2018-04-12 06:27:39



"Cosmic Whispers" --Listening for Black Holes and Neutron Stars Hidden Behind Gravitational Waves from the Big Bang  

  Deep space is not as silent as we have been led to believe. Every few minutes a pair of black holes smash into each other. These cataclysms release ripples in the fabric of spacetime known as gravitational waves. Now Monash University scientists have developed a way to listen in on these events. The gravitational waves from black hole mergers imprint a distinctive whooping sound in the data collected by gravitational-wave detectors. The new technique is expected to reveal the presence

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2018-04-12 06:10:35



"NASA's Secret Mission" --The Women of Mercury 13: The First U.S. Spaceflight Program (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)  

    In 1982 Sally Ride became the first American woman and the third woman in history to fly to space, but the first female astronaut trainees, which were the 13 unheralded women of "Mercury 13," who underwent extreme physical tests developed as part of NASA's astronaut selection process in 1961 but never made it to space.  As told in the  upcoming Netflix documentary scheduled for release on April 20, NASA wasn't serious about its female astronauts at t...

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2018-04-11 09:23:20



"Humans May Find It Impossible to Detect Alien Intelligence That's Based on Dark Energy or Matter " --Today's Top Space Headline  

    "Our traditional conception of space is limited by our brain, and we may have the intelligent signs above and be unable to see them," observe neuropsychologists Gabriel de la Torre and Manuel García, from the University of Cadiz.   "When we think of other intelligent beings, we tend to see them from our perceptive and conscience sieve; however, we are limited by our sui generis vision of the world, and it's hard for us to admit it," says De la Torre. "What we are tr...

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2018-04-11 07:46:11



Universe's Earliest Light Reveals Dark-Matter "Superhighway" 100's of Millions of Light Years Long  

    "Filaments are this integral part of the cosmic web, though it's unclear what is the relationship between the underlying dark matter and the filaments," said Simone Ferraro, one of the study's authors who is a Miller postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley's Center for Cosmological Physics. Scientists have decoded faint distortions in the patterns of the universe's earliest light to map huge tubelike structures invisible to our eyes - known as filaments - that serve as superh...

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2018-04-10 11:28:15



LIGO Signals --Binary Black Holes in Galaxy Clusters Spawn Ever More Massive New Generations  

  "We think these clusters formed with hundreds to thousands of black holes that rapidly sank down in the center," says Carl Rodriguez, a Pappalardo fellow in MIT's Department of Physics and the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. "These kinds of clusters are essentially factories for black hole binaries, where you've got so many black holes hanging out in a small region of space that two black holes could merge and produce a more massive black hole. Then that new black

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2018-04-10 10:18:38



Today's Top Science Post --"Intelligent Machines Will Suffer Some of the Same Mental Problems as Humans"  

    As artificial intelligence (AI) allows machines to become more like humans, will they experience similar psychological quirks such as hallucinations or depression? And might this be a good thing? Last month, reports today's Science, New York University in New York City hosted a symposium called Canonical Computations in Brains and Machines, where neuroscientists and AI experts discussed overlaps in the way humans and machines think. Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Ch

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2018-04-10 09:06:23



"Editor's Pick" --2018's Most Popular Space & Science Headlines  

    Editor's Pick --Most Popular Space & Science Headlines Stephen Hawking's Great Question --"Why Isn't the Milky Way Crawling With Mechanical or Biological Life?" "Alien Minds" --'Artificial Intelligence Is Already Out There, and It's Billions of Years Old' (VIDEO) "Point of No Return" --MIT Scientist Predicts the Event Horizon for Earth's 6th Mass Extinction  A Neutron Star Collision in Our Milky Way Neighborhood Could Destroy Earth "300-Million Nuclear Bombs" --

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2018-04-10 07:54:05



"A New Unknown" --Astronomers Observe 72 Brilliant Flashes  

    Gone in a cosmic flash: a team of astronomers found 72 very bright, but quick events in a recent survey and are still struggling to explain their origin. The researchers found the largest number of these quick events to date. Even for transient phenomena, they are very peculiar: while they have a similar maximum brightness to different types of supernovae they are visible for less time, from a week to a month. In contrast supernovae last for several months or more. Miika Pur

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2018-04-10 07:42:16



Mercury's Exotic "Red Spots" Given New Names  

    When NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft made its first flyby of Mercury in 2008, astronomers spotted strange deposits: blankets of material ranging from tens to thousands of kilometers wide whose color led researchers to informally dub them "red spots." To date, scientists have cataloged more than 150 of these objects—and now, the International Astronomical Union has given them formal names. All of the new monikers contain...

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2018-04-09 10:15:23



"Setting the Stage" --MIT Scientists Identify Ingredients Needed to Brew Earth's First Life Forms  

      Instead of approaching the origins-of-life puzzle from a chemistry perspective, scientists at MIT are looking at it from a planetary perspective, attempting to identify the actual conditions that might have existed on early Earth, around the time the first organisms appeared. "The origins-of-life field has traditionally been led by chemists, who try to figure out chemical pathways and see how nature might have operated to give us the origins of life," says Sukrit Ran

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2018-04-09 07:49:33



Today's Top Space Headline --"Kepler Mission's 'Earth 2.0' May Be a Mirage"  

     Armed with a deeper understanding of Kepler's quirks, the astronomers argue they can more easily flag where and how the spacecraft's minor defects could compromise data. The authors used this approach to re-vet Kepler's data from more than 100,000 stars, hoping to find ways to more rapidly confirm strong planetary candidates and boost the odds of validating borderline ones. A new analysis of data from NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission suggests that one of t...

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2018-04-09 06:37:26



Last Week's Top 5 Space & Science Headlines  

  "We're Entering Uncharted Territory" --The Exoplanet Revolution May Reveal that Rise of Civilizations May Not be Unusual "Planet Earth Report" --"Humans Have Been Making Glass for Millennia and We Still Don't Have a Good Idea of What It Is" The Alien Observatory: ExoWorlds of Endless Water --"Life's Inventiveness May Surprise Us" "Dark Matter Enigma Deepens" --Appears Not to Interact With the Universe At the Edge of the Observable Universe --"Icarus" the Most Dista...

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2018-04-09 06:09:18



"Luck of the Draw" --Life May Be Rare in the Milky Way: "Phosphorus May be the Missing Link Between Geology and Biology"  

    Researchers may have solved a key puzzle about how objects from space could have kindled life on Earth. While it is generally accepted that some important ingredients for life came from meteorites bombarding the early Earth, scientists have not been able to explain how that inanimate rock transformed into the building blocks of life. A 2013 study showed how a chemical, similar to one now found in all living cells and vital for generating the energy that makes something alive

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2018-04-08 07:50:57



From the Far Side --"2001 -A Space Odyssey and Ancient Alien Visitation"  

    The idea proved to be a fruitful hybrid of the mythological and science fiction themes that intrigued Kubrick and Clarke. It essentially involved replacing the roles of divine characters in the film's namesake—Homer's The Odyssey—and filling the vacuum with unknowable alien entities. Whether you believe in gods or aliens or neither, the profound feelings that these Odyssean tales evoke seems to spring from a common human premonition that we are not alone in the univer...

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2018-04-07 09:49:02



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --"Humans Have Been Making Glass for Millennia and We Still Don't Have a Good Idea of What It Is"  

    To reach you, these words were encoded into signals of light moving about 125,000 miles per second through fiber-optic cables. These lines, splayed out across mountains and oceans, are made of hair-thin glass 30 times more transparent than the purest water. The technology was made possible in part by a team from Corning Incorporated. In 1970 they patented a type of cable that could transmit large amounts of information long distances, building on decades of work by other rese

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2018-04-07 06:41:34



Today's Top Space Headline --Spectacular Ist-Ever Image of an Elusive Neutron Star Captured Beyond the Milky Way  

    This new picture created from images from telescopes on the ground and in space tells the story of the hunt for an elusive missing object hidden amid a complex tangle of gaseous filaments in one of our nearest neighboring galaxies, the Small Magellanic Cloud. "If you look for a point source, it doesn't get much better than when the Universe quite literally draws a circle around it to show you where to look," said Frederic Vogt, ESO astronomer based in Chile. The spectacula...

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2018-04-06 08:04:19



Gigantic Tornadoes Observed Erupting on the Sun --"Each Several Times the Size of Earth"  

    Despite their appearance solar tornadoes are not rotating after all, according to a European team of scientists. A new analysis of these gigantic structures, each one several times the size of the Earth, indicates that they may have been misnamed because scientists have so far only been able to observe them using 2-dimensional images. Solar tornadoes were first observed in the early 20th century, and the term was re-popularised a few years ago when scientists looked at movie

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2018-04-06 06:32:58



"Dark Matter Enigma Deepens" --Appears Not to Interact With the Universe  

      Astronomers are back in the dark about what dark matter might be, after new observations showed the mysterious substance may not be interacting with forces other than gravity after all. Three years ago, an international team of researchers thought they had made a breakthrough in ultimately identifying what dark matter is. Observations using the Hubble Space Telescope appeared to show that a galaxy in the Abell 3827 cluster - approximately 1.3 billion light years from

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2018-04-06 06:05:08



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --The Virosphere: "A Vast, Ancient Virtually Undiscovered World"  

    In the invisible, parallel world of Earth's they kill half the bacteria in the ocean every day, and invade a microbe host 10 trillion times a second around the world.  There are 10 billion trillion, trillion viruses inhabiting planet Earth, which is more stars than there are in the Universe -- stacked end to end, they would reach out 100 million light years. Research published today in Nature has found that many of the viruses infecting us today have ancient evolutionary

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2018-04-05 06:56:57



The Alien Observatory: ExoWorlds of Endless Water --"Life's Inventiveness May Surprise Us”  

  "I think it could be dangerous just thinking about everything in an Earth-mindset," says Ramses Ramirez at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. "You might be missing out on other possibilities." "These planets are unlike anything in our solar system. They have endless oceans," says Lisa Kaltenegger of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and the CfA. "There may be life there, but could it be technology-based like ours? Life on these worlds would be under water with...

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2018-04-05 06:28:41



"Milky Way's Death Zone" --Confirmed! Thousands of Black Holes Surround Its Sagittarius A* Supermassive Black Hole Core  

    "There are only about five dozen known black holes in the entire galaxy—100,000 light years wide—and there are supposed to be 10,000 to 20,000 of these things in a region just six light years wide that no one has been able to find," said Columbia University astrophysicist Chuck Hailey, co-director of the Columbia Astrophysics Lab, adding that extensive fruitless searches have been made for black holes around Sgr A*, the closest SMBH to Earth and therefore the easiest to s...

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2018-04-04 11:53:36



"Looking Back in Deep Time" --Astronomers Discover 4,000 Galaxies of the Infant Universe  

    Astronomers today announce one of the largest 3D maps of the infant Universe, in a presentation at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Liverpool. A team led by Dr David Sobral of Lancaster University made the chart using the Subaru telescope in Hawaii and the Isaac Newton telescope in the Canary Islands. Looking back in time to 16 different epochs between 11 and 13 billion years ago, the researchers discovered almost 4000 early galaxies, many of which will hav

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2018-04-04 07:04:00



Today's Top Science Headline: Enigma of our Nearest Star --"Sun is Bombarding Earth with Strange Patterns of Gamma Rays—and No One Knows Why"    

    Scientists have recently mapped how the sun's high-energy glow dances across its face over time. They found a potential link between these high-energy emissions, the sun's fluctuating magnetic field and the timing of the 11-year solar cycle. This, many experts argue, could open a new window into the inner workings of our nearest, most familiar star. In their upcoming study, Tim Linden, an astronomer at The Ohio State University, and his colleagues so far published on the...

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2018-04-04 06:41:07



Perseus Galaxy Cluster --"Gigantic Cold Front has Survived a Third of the Age of the Universe"  

    A gigantic and resilient "cold front" hurtling through the Perseus galaxy cluster has been studied using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This cosmic weather system spans about two million light years and has been traveling for over 5 billion years, longer than the existence of our Solar System. This graphic shows the cold front in the Perseus cluster. The image above contains X-ray data from Chandra—for regions close to the center of the cluster —along with d...

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2018-04-04 05:45:42



"Our Milky Way Galaxy is Getting Bigger" --As Stars Form on the Galactic Outskirts  

    "The Milky Way is pretty big already. But our work shows that at least the visible part of it is slowly increasing in size, as stars form on the galactic outskirts," says Cristina Martínez-Lombilla, a PhD candidate at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias in Tenerife, Spain. "It won't be quick, but if you could travel forward in time and look at the galaxy in 3 billion years' time it would be about 5% bigger than today." Our home galaxy consists of several hundred billi...

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2018-04-03 12:47:27



At the Edge of the Observable Universe --"Icarus" the Most Distant Star Ever Seen Detected  

    The most distant individual star has been observed 9 billion light years from Earth, reports a new study in Nature Astronomy. An international team of researchers, were able to discover this star, which they have named Icarus, because its brightness had been magnified by 2000 times by the gravity of a larger object in front of it. While originally observing galaxy cluster MACS J1149+2223, 5 billion light years away, using the Hubble Space Telescope, the researchers lead by

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2018-04-03 08:15:17



Giant Radiation Flares May Eradicate Life on Habitable Planets of Red Dwarf Stars  

    Astronomers now know of around 4000 planets in orbit around other stars. A handful of these are both Earth-sized and in the habitable zones of the stars they orbit, where the temperature is right for liquid water. But many candidate Earth-sized worlds are in orbit around red dwarf stars, much smaller and cooler than our own. To be in the habitable zone, the planets need to be much closer to their stars than we are to the sun. The problem is that red dwarfs can produce signif

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2018-04-03 07:55:12



"We're Entering Uncharted Territory" --The Exoplanet Revolution May Reveal that Rise of Civilizations May Not be Unusual  

  "Its possible that when we survey planets we may find artifacts of dead civilizations that aren't around anymore," said Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb. "We humans are probably not special," Loeb added, explaining that with so many planets in the universe, the rise of civilizations may not be so usual. The "exoplanet" revolution of the last 20 years has shown us that the universe is awash in alien worlds. More exciting, we now have methods where the atmospheres of those worlds may

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2018-04-03 06:32:14



NASA Embraces AI in Hunt for Evidence of Distant Habitable Planets  

  As part of an effort to identify distant planets hospitable to life, NASA has established a crowdsourcing project in which volunteers search telescopic images for evidence of debris disks around stars, which are good indicators of exoplanets. Using the results of that project, researchers at MIT have now trained a machine-learning system to search for debris disks itself. The scale of the search demands automation: There are nearly 750 million possible light sources in the data accum

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2018-04-02 08:14:26



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --2001: A Space Odyssey – "How Stanley Kubrick's Sci-Fi Changed 50 Years of Cinema"  

  As Stanley Kubrick's monolithic movie celebrates its half century, special effects gurus, directors and those who worked on the film describe its legacy and impact on science fiction in today's Guardian. Jan Harlan, producer of The Shining and A.I. Artificial Intelligence   Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick shared the same spirit: agnostic, curious, very intelligent and in awe of the endlessness of the universe. If a film managed to build on what 2001 did, it's A.I....

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2018-04-02 07:17:18



Last Week's Top 5 Space & Science Headlines  

  "Out-of-this-World" --NASA Ion-Powered Spacecraft Could Streak Through Milky Way At More Than 200,000 MPH The Milky Way Appears to be Swarming With Venus-Like Exoplanets --"May Hold the Secret of Earth's Fate" "Why the Cosmos Instead of Nothing"--Closing in On the Most Compelling Mystery in Science (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream) Hubble Discovers Bizarre Galaxy --"Astonishing Gigantic 'See-Through' Blob With No Dark Matter" "Beguiling" --20-Year-Old Dark Matter Signal in Milky

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2018-04-02 06:52:16



"Shrouded in Mystery" --The Magnetic Fields Created 1st Second After Big Bang  

    The Big Bang is still shrouded in mystery in many respects. Cosmologists use various ways to try and get information about the first moments of our universe. One possibility are cosmic magnetic fields, which were created by the birth of the universe and should have survived to this day. In the first fractions of a second after the birth of our universe, not only elementary particles and radiation, but also magnetic fields were generated. A team led by the Max Planck Institut

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2018-04-02 06:31:53



Today's Top Space Headline: NASA Scientist --"Are Dark Spots on Clouds of Venus Microbial Life?"  

    "Venus has had plenty of time to evolve life on its own," explains Sanjay Limaye of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center, noting that some models suggest Venus once had a habitable climate with liquid water on its surface for as long as 2 billion years. "That's much longer than is believed to have occurred on Mars." In a paper published online on March 30, 2018 in the journal Astrobiology, an international team of researchers led by plan

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2018-04-01 07:36:23



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --"Disdain" -The U.S. EPA's Mantra: No Studies, No Science, No Rules  

    The other day, Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, took yet another step to muzzle the scientific inquiry that for years has informed sound policy at an agency he seems determined to destroy. He told his subordinates that they could no longer make policy on the basis of studies that included data from participants who were guaranteed confidentiality. Over the years, such studies have been crucial to establishing links between mortality and

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2018-04-01 06:47:31



Today's Top Science Headline --The Music of Black Holes: "Vibrate at the Range of Human Hearing"  

    Scientists collaborating internationally have developed a new way to learn about our universe through gravitational waves, which are ripples in space-time caused by the motion and vibration of celestial bodies. By analogy, gravitational waves are akin to the vibrations carried through the air as sound. Quite remarkably, black holes, which are the densest objects in the universe formed from dead stars can vibrate and emit gravitational waves at frequencies that are within the

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2018-03-31 12:16:21



The Alien Observatory --"We May Soon Discover Worlds That Host Lifeforms with Strange, Unearthly DNA and RNA"  

    In 2016, NASA sequenced DNA in space for the first time, but alien life, we may soon discover, may be vastly different on other planets and moons, particularly as we expand our efforts to explore ocean worlds with our solar system and beyond. "Most strategies for life detection rely upon finding features known to be associated with Earth's life, such as particular classes of molecules," the researchers wrote. DNA and RNA are the building blocks of life on Earth, but the ...

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2018-03-31 08:48:21



NASA Set to Launch "Time-Machine" Mission to Probe Mars' Formation 4.5 Billion Years Ago  

  "In some ways, InSight is like a scientific time machine that will bring back information about the earliest stages of Mars' formation 4.5 billion years ago,"  said JPL's Bruce Banerdt, principal investigator for InSight. "It will help us learn how rocky bodies form, including Earth, its moon, and even planets in other solar systems." In a sense, Mars is the exoplanet next door - a nearby example of how gas, dust and heat combine and arrange themselves into a planet. Lookin...

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2018-03-30 08:15:15



Today's Top Discovery Headline --"Six Million Years Ago a Mega-Flood Created the Mediterranean Sea" (VIDEO)  

    Six million years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a very different place than it is today. Plate tectonics had closed the Strait of Gibraltar separating modern-day Spain and Morocco, leaving the Mediterranean cut off from the Atlantic Ocean. The newly enclosed sea succumbed to evaporation, its water level falling by thousands of meters, turning it into a desertlike environment pockmarked with shallow pools as salty as today's Dead Sea. One hypothesis suggests a megaflood rap...

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2018-03-30 07:35:58



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --"Our Declining Biological Age" -Is 70 the New 50?  

    Yale and USC researchers found that American seniors are aging more slowly according to their "biological age." U.S. life expectancy has lengthened significantly for the last 60 years. But at least part of the gains in life expectancy may be due to a change in the rate of biological aging, rather than simply keeping very sick people alive for longer, according to a study by USC and Yale University researchers. "This is the first evidence we have of delayed 'aging' amon...

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2018-03-30 07:08:00



"Alien Biology!" TESS --NASA's New Habitable Exoplanet Hunter Opens a New 'Post-Kepler' Era  

    "One of the biggest questions in exoplanet exploration is: If an astronomer finds a planet in a star's habitable zone, will it be interesting from a biologist's point of view?" said George Ricker, TESS principal investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, which is leading the mission. "We expect TESS will discover a number of planets whose atmospheric compositions, which hold potential clues to...

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2018-03-29 10:06:03



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Stunning Photo of China's Space Station, Tiangong-1 Hurtling Towards Earth: 'Impact Window Includes USA & Europe'  

    In the next few days, a defunct, unoccupied Chinese space station, Tiangong-1 meaning 'heavenly palace' - shown in the vivid image below, is expected to reenter the atmosphere following the end of its operational life. Most of the craft should burn up. Owing to wide variations in atmospheric dynamics and the break-up process, among other factors, the date, time and geographic footprint of the reentry can only be forecast with large uncertainties. In the history of spaceflig...

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2018-03-29 08:53:19



Today's Top Science Headline: "Beguiling" --20-Year-Old Dark Matter Signal in Milky Way Still Detected   

    A group of physicists at DAMA, a collaboration of Italian and Chinese researchers, says that it is still detecting the presence of dark matter — the mystery substance thought to make up 85% of matter in the Universe — 20 years after it saw the first hints of such a signal. Physicists searching for dark matter hope to measure the tiny amount of energy given off when particles in a 'halo' of dark matter thought to envelop the Milky Way interact with atoms of ordinary m...

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2018-03-29 07:04:47



Hubble Discovers Bizarre Galaxy --"Astonishing Gigantic 'See-Through' Blob With No Dark Matter"  

    "I spent an hour just staring at this image," lead researcher Pieter van Dokkum of Yale University says as he recalls first seeing the Hubble image of NGC 1052-DF2. "This thing is astonishing a gigantic blob so sparse that you see the galaxies behind it. It is literally a see-through galaxy." that you see the galaxies behind it. It is literally a see-through galaxy." An international team of researchers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and several other observatorie

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2018-03-28 11:28:53



"Exploding the Habitable Zone" --Looking for Alien Life on Weird Planets  

    "It used to be the thought that life could only exist in a narrow zone near a planet's star because you need to be there to maintain liquid water," said Rice University geophysicist Adrian Lenardic. "Then, we send Voyager out to a moon of Jupiter and, lo and behold, it shows strong indications of a subsurface ocean. That's because there is another energy source that did not get its proper due—tidal forces from the intense gravitational pull of Jupiter. "This has opened up ...

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2018-03-28 10:34:05



"Out-of-this-World" --NASA Ion-Powered Spacecraft Could Streak Through Milky Way At More Than 200,000 MPH  

   "The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible," said sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. A one-way trip to Mars using conventional chemical rockets could take up to nine months. It's a long time for a human crew to spend in a spaceship exposed to radiation and other hazards. That's one reason why NASA and other space agencies, as well as universities and private industry, are pursuing different types of rocket technologies bey...

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2018-03-28 09:05:28



Today's Top Space Headline --"GASP" Six NASA Astronauts Recall the Moment in Space When Everything Changed"  

    "I imagined that on the other side of this hatch is an atmosphere and environment that doesn't support my life form. But I couldn't make myself nervous. And I tried to imagine myself being on another star system 10,000 light-years away, and I felt fine." "I took the gestalt of it and said, "Wow, that's the Universe." And then, on the reverse side, I said, "Wow, that's Planet Earth, and there's civilization." You kind of go back in time with civilization." J...

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2018-03-28 07:36:17



"After the Great Mass Extinction" --Reconstructing Pangea & the Emergence of Dinosaurs  

    "This was a time when dinosaurs were just stepping onto the stage, and they were not very big and not very remarkable animals then," said Christian Sidor, a University of Washington biology professor and paleontologist. A new global project rounds out what dinosaurs were competing with before they became the dominant reptiles on Earth. After a great mass extinction shook the world about 252 million years ago, animal life outside of the ocean began to take hold. The earliest

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2018-03-28 06:52:35



"Slip, Slipping Away" --Finish Line for the Planet's Most Powerful Telescope Getting Further Away  

    NASA officials say that the JWST can only withstand the failure of about six steps after its new launch date in May of 2020 when the observatory will spend about two weeks unfurling into shape, while making course corrections as it settles into its orbit around the sun involving about 180 deployments. And, unlike Hubble, the JWST was not built to receive repair crews, and at nearly 1 million miles from Earth, it's too far for astronauts to reach. Mistakes on the ground, NAS...

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2018-03-27 15:58:05



Alien "Mercury-Like" Planet Found in Distant Star System  

  "Mercury stands out from the other Solar System terrestrial planets, showing a very high fraction of iron and implying it formed in a different way," said David Armstrong from the University of Warwick's Astronomy and Astrophysics Group. "We were surprised to see an exoplanet with the same high density, showing that Mercury-like planets are perhaps not as rare as we thought. Interestingly K2-229b is also the innermost planet in a system of at least 3 planets, though all three orbit

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2018-03-27 13:49:22



"Why the Cosmos Instead of Nothing"--Closing in On the Most Compelling Mystery in Science (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)  

    If equal amounts of matter and antimatter had formed in the Big Bang more than 13 billion years ago, one would have annihilated the other upon meeting, and today's universe would be full of energy but no matter to form stars, planets and life. Yet matter exists now. That fact suggests something is wrong with Standard Model equations describing symmetry between subatomic particles and their antiparticles. In a study published in Physical Review Letters, collaborators of the MA

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2018-03-27 09:34:45



Today's Top Science Headline --"Artificial Intelligence Will Show Us Who We Really Are"  

    Garry Kasparov doesn't believe machines are here to replace us. They are going to show us who we really are. "Many of the white-collar jobs will move into the machines' domain, and it's not the end of the world. We should start thinking of ourselves more as humans to make unique contributions to the machine-human collaboration." "AI will force us to be more human," Kasparov says in today's Inverse. Automation, by his reckoning, will make us focus on the traits ...

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2018-03-27 07:18:46



"Still Hugely Unexplored" -Amazon Interior Believed Uninhabited for Millennia Once Home Up to a Million  

    Parts of the Amazon previously thought to have been almost uninhabited were really home to thriving populations of up to a million people, new research shows. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that there were hundreds of villages in the rainforest away from major rivers, and they were home to different communities speaking varied languages who had an impact on the environment around them. Huge parts of the Amazon are still unexplored by archaeologists, particularly areas

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2018-03-27 03:00:00



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --NASA to Intensify Probes of Ice Sheets, Glaciers, Sea Ice, Snow Pack and Permafrost  

    In 2018, NASA will intensify its focus on one of the most critical but remote parts of our changing planet with the launch of two new satellite missions and an array of airborne campaigns. GRACE-FO and ICESat-2 will use radically different techniques to observe how the massive ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are changing over time and how much they are contributing to sea level rise. NASA's mission in researching our home planet is to use the vantage point of space to

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2018-03-26 19:59:41



"Beyond Exoplanets" --K2 Mission Unveils Exploding Stars of the Cosmos  

     Astronomer Ed Shaya was in his office looking at data from NASA's Kepler space telescope in 2012 when he noticed something unusual: The light from a galaxy had quickly brightened by 10 percent. The sudden bump in light got Shaya instantly excited, but also nervous. The effect could be explained by the massive explosion of a star -- a supernova! -- or, more troubling, a computer error. "I just remember on that day, not knowing whether I should believe it or not," he rem

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2018-03-26 19:15:36



The Alien Observatory --“For Billions of Years Astronomers On Other Worlds May Have Concluded Earth was Sterile Although Life was Flourishing in Our Oceans"  

    "For more than a billion years of Earth history, an alien astronomer may have even been sufficiently misled to conclude that Earth was sterile—despite the fact that life was flourishing in our ocean at the time," says Stephanie Olson, an astrobiologist at the University of California, Riverside. In a 2018 paper in Science Advances, Olson and her colleagues simulated how Earth's atmosphere has changed over time. Even three billion years ago, aliens may have been able to ...

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2018-03-26 10:50:30



"Channeling Carl Sagan" --Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft Finds Earth Teeming With Life and Scary Climate Change  

    Nearly 30 years ago, the Galileo spacecraft flew past Earth on its journey to Jupiter, prompting astronomer Carl Sagan to develop a novel experiment: to look for signs of life on Earth from space. The spacecraft found high levels of methane and oxygen, suggestions that photosynthesis was occurring on Earth's surface. Now, astronomers have repeated the experiment, this time with an asteroid-bound spacecraft that swung around Earth in late 2017. It also found Earth to be tee...

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2018-03-26 09:27:57



Today's Top Space Headline: The Milky Way Appears to be Swarming With Venus-Like Exoplanets --"May Hold the Secret of Earth's Fate"  

    Without figuring out why Venus and Earth evolved differently, we have no hope of predicting all the beautifully bizarre planets that will no doubt be discovered. We may also learn something about the fate of our own planet. That is why NASA needs to green-light a robotic mission to Venus. The search for life elsewhere in our universe is exploding, reports Physics Today. Discoveries of new exoplanets are now a weekly occurrence. Our curiosity about exoplanets is motivated by

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2018-03-26 08:26:11



Hubble Solves the Mystery of a Vast Object Orbiting the Milky Way  

  On the outskirts of our galaxy, a cosmic tug-of-war is unfolding-and only NASA's Hubble Space Telescope can see who's winning. The players are two dwarf galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Small Magellanic Cloud, both of which orbit our own Milky Way Galaxy. But as they go around the Milky Way, they are also orbiting each other. Each one tugs at the other, and one of them has pulled out a huge cloud of gas from its companion. Called the Leading Arm, this arching collection

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2018-03-26 07:26:51



Last Week's Top 5 Space & Science Headlines --Stephen Hawking's 'Great Question' to Black Stars  

  "Our Solar System Makes No Sense Without Planet Nine" Stephen Hawking's Great Question --"Why Isn't the Milky Way Crawling With Mechanical or Biological Life?"  "The Digital Brain" --Amazing New Algorithm Recreates Human Brain to Understand Intelligence The Oort-Cloud Invader --"70,000 Years Ago a Small Reddish Star Disrupted Our Solar System" "Black Stars" --Scientists Probe Existence of Quantum Objects Beyond Black Holes     ...

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2018-03-26 07:05:34



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Amazing Photos of the "March for Our Lives" from Around the World  

        In Berlin, Germany, demonstrators protest at the "March for our Lives" yesterday. The protest in Berlin was intended to show solidarity with demonstrations across the U.S. demanding stricter and more sensible gun control legislation. (Adam Berry/Getty) Continue Viewing        

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2018-03-25 08:12:32



WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream --Solving the Mystery of the Atacama "Alien" Humanoid   

    The solving of the mystery began in 2012 when Garry P. Nolan, an immunologist at Stanford University and lead researcher on the project, heard of the U.F.O. documentary, "Sirius," which featured the tiny form as possible evidence of aliens. At the time, the film was still in production, so Nolan reached out to producers and offered to examine the mummy's DNA, Carl Zimmer, wrote for The New York Times. The skeleton looks strangely human, but is just six inches lon...

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2018-03-25 07:07:59



Today's Top Science Headline: "NASA's Search for Alien Life and Climate Change Win Big in 2018 Spending Bill"  

    "It's hard to be happier," says Casey Dreier, director of space policy for The Planetary Society, an advocacy group in Pasadena, California. "We have to appreciate these rare moments of agreement to invest in the U.S. scientific capacity." NASA's science programs get a big boost in the 2018 spending bill approved by Congress this week, reports today's Science, allowing researchers to continue developing an orbiter and lander to study Jupiter's moon Europa and r...

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2018-03-24 09:14:38



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Iran's Massive 5-Year Global Cyber Attack  

    Nine Iranians working on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps hacked the computers of 7998 professors at 320 universities around the world over the past 5 years, an indictment filed by a federal grand jury alleges. The hackers stole 31.5 terabytes of documents and data, including scientific research, journals, and dissertations, the indictment alleges. Their targets also included the United Nations, 30 U.S. companies, and five U.S. government agencies. The "mass...

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2018-03-24 08:47:27



From the Farside --Discovery of a 6-Inch Human Skeleton: "A Human? A Primate? An Alien?"  

  The strange skeletal remains of a fetus discovered in Chile have turned up new insights into the genetics of some bone diseases, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford and UCSF. The 6-inch skeleton, nicknamed Ata, was discovered more than a decade ago in an abandoned town in the Atacama Desert of Chile. A bizarre human skeleton, once rumored to have extraterrestrial origins, has gotten a rather comprehensive genomic work-up, the results of which are now in, researche

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2018-03-24 07:31:51



"Heads Up!" China's Space Station Tumbling to Earth --"We're Tracking It, Trying to Predict Where It Will Crash"  

  A defunct Chinese space station, Tiangong-1, is expected to fall to Earth any day now—on March 31, give or take a few days. When it does, it will be the largest manmade object to re-enter Earth's atmosphere in a decade. Launched in 2011, Tiangong-1 served as a laboratory for three manned missions and initially was intended to de-orbit in 2013. Now as it tumbles, seemingly uncontrollably, through space, researchers across the globe are scrambling to predict when and where it will com...

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2018-03-24 07:09:05



Early Earth's Violent Changes Powered Evolution of Our Last Universal Common Ancestor  

    "Encountering such environmental variability early on may be necessary to build up the level of complexity needed for LUCA to have the evolutionary potential to continue to diversify and colonize nearly every habitat on Earth over four billion years," Greg Fournier, an evolutionary biologist at MIT. All life on Earth today originates from two distinct developments in our planet's biological history. These are the emergence of the first life forms billions of years ago,...

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2018-03-23 09:46:28



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --'Bitcoin Will Replace the U.S. Dollar as the World's Single Currency'  

  "The world ultimately will have a single currency, the internet will have a single currency. I personally believe that it will be bitcoin," Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey told England's The Times. Despite recent weakness in the value of bitcoin and concerns that it cannot currently process transactions fast or cheaply enough to act as a currency, Dorsey, who is chief executive of both Twitter and the payments company Square, believes that bitcoin will overcome these obstac...

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2018-03-23 09:01:26



Today's Top Space Headline: "Our Solar System Makes No Sense Without Planet Nine”  

    "I try not to be religious about my own results. It's important to keep a skeptical eye," says Caltech's Konstantin Batygin. "But I actually feel more comfortable than I did two years ago, because the theory still holds up beautifully. The more we look, the more we see a solar system that makes no sense without Planet Nine."   It's been just over two years, writes Lee Billings in today's Scientific American, since Caltech astronomers Mike Brown and Konstan...

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2018-03-23 07:40:25



"Like a Firehose" --Two-Billion-Year-Old Rock Reveals the Rise of Oxygen and Life on Earth  

  A 2-billion-year-old chunk of sea salt provides new evidence for the transformation of Earth's atmosphere into an oxygenated environment capable of supporting life as we know it. "Instead of a trickle, it was more like a firehose," said Clara Blättler, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University."It was a major change in the production of oxygen." The new study by an international team of institutions including Princeton University found t...

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2018-03-23 07:20:33



EcoAlert: "Growing Rapidly" --'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' Now 1.6 Million Square Kilometers  

  "The inflow of plastic to the patch continues to exceed the outflow," said oceanographer Laurent Lebreton. "What's more, the scale of the largest plastic dump on the planet literally only scratches the surface of the problem. Levels of plastic pollution in deep water layers and seafloor below the GPGP remain unknown." The vast dump of plastic waste swirling in the Pacific ocean stretching 1.6 million square kilometers, is now bigger than France, Germany and Spain combined—far large...

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2018-03-23 06:58:25



From the Farside --"It's Got Me" –The Short Tragic Legacy of Novichok, the Spy-Killer Chemical Weapon  

  Andrei Zheleznyakov was working on chemical weapons in the 1980s when a hood malfunction exposed him to the deadly nerve agent. Before former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia collapsed on a park bench in Salisbury on 4 March, the only other person confirmed to suffer the effects of novichok was a young Soviet chemical weapons scientist. "Circles appeared before my eyes: red and orange. A ringing in my ears, I caught my breath. And a sense of fear: like something was a...

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2018-03-22 08:51:05






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