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The Case for Habitable Exoplanet Moons

As scientists refine their methods, exoplanets are becoming easier and easier to detect. The current count is 163 planets orbiting 97 main-sequence stars, of which only one is even remotely Earth-like. All ...

dateApr 27, 2006 in Astronomy feature
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'Hot Jupiter' Systems may Harbor Earth-like Planets

The catalogue of confirmed extrasolar planets ('exoplanets') is growing rapidly. There are currently approximately 133 known planetary systems, harboring a total of 156 exoplanets as of January 2006*. With ...

dateMar 19, 2006 in feature
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Greenhouse theory smashed by biggest stone

A new theory to explain global warming was revealed at a meeting at the University of Leicester (UK) and is being considered for publication in the journal "Science First Hand". The controversial theory has ...

dateMar 14, 2006 in
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MIT Researchers Take Space Suit to Next Level

Researchers in the Man Vehicle Laboratory (MVL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have begun this month to push a revolutionary new space suit design from investigation to initial development, aiming ...

dateFeb 08, 2006 in feature
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Blasts from the past could have kick-started life

Chemical reactions in space could have triggered life on Earth, University of Leeds chemists have discovered. Evidence suggests exotic phosphorus molecules falling to Earth in meteorites may have been used ...

dateJan 30, 2006 in
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New evidence for a Dark Matter Galaxy

New evidence that VIRGOHI 21, a mysterious cloud of hydrogen in the Virgo Cluster 50 million light-years from the Earth, is a Dark Galaxy, emitting no star light, was presented today at the American Astronomical ...

dateJan 12, 2006 in
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Ingredients for DNA and Protein Found Around Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered some of life's most basic ingredients in the dust swirling around a young star. The ingredients - gaseous precursors to DNA and protein - were detected in the star's ...

dateDec 21, 2005 in
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Spooky Astronomy: Halloween is a big night for astronomers

According to the National Retail Foundation, the most popular Halloween costume last year was Spiderman. Next was "a princess," followed by witches and vampires, SpongeBob, Barbie and Harry Potter. Sounds abo ...

dateOct 28, 2005 in
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No winner in 'space elevator' competition

It sounds like science fiction, but a competition was held during the weekend for the design of a "space elevator." A three-day competition at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., ended Sunday, but with no ...

dateOct 24, 2005 in
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More extreme weather is predicted

Purdue University scientists say extreme weather events, such as floods and heat waves, may increase in frequency and severity during the next century.

dateOct 17, 2005 in
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