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Under the bright lights of an aging sun

Life as we know it on Earth is linked to our star, the Sun, which provides our planet with just the right amount of heat and energy for liquid water to be stable in our lakes, rivers and oceans. However, ...

dateJul 04, 2014 in Astronomy
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The water dance

Water (H2O) is a unique molecule that holds amazing properties. Scientists have a good grasp of the structure and chemistry of individual molecules of water. But understanding how large numbers of these m ...

dateNov 29, 2010 in Condensed Matter
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Greenhouse effect could extend habitable zone

The distant region beyond Saturn is too cold for liquid water, a necessity for life as we know it. But new research indicates that rocky planets far from their parent star could generate enough heat to keep ...

dateAug 26, 2011 in Astronomy
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The methane habitable zone

In the search for life elsewhere, many studies focus on finding liquid water. But what if life could exist with some other solvent? Saturn’s smoggy moon Titan makes scientists question the possibilities ...

dateNov 11, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Spheres can form squares

Everybody who has tried to stack oranges in a box knows that a regular packing of spheres in a flat layer naturally leads to a hexagonal pattern, where each sphere is surrounded by six neighbours in a honeycomb-like ...

dateMay 24, 2013 in Soft Matter
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NASA designs new space telescope optics

Although hundreds of planets orbiting other stars have been discovered in the past 15 years, we cannot yet answer the age-old question of whether any of these planets are capable of sustaining life. However, ...

dateFeb 15, 2013 in Astronomy
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