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Free-floating planets may be born free

Tiny, round, cold clouds in space have all the right characteristics to form planets with no parent star. New observations, made with Chalmers University of Technology telescopes, show that not all free-floating planets were ...

dateAug 19, 2013 in Astronomy
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Airborne gut action primes wild chili pepper seeds

Scientists have long known that seeds gobbled by birds and dispersed across the landscape tend to fare better than those that fall near parent plants where seed-hungry predators and pathogens are more concentrated.

dateJun 21, 2013 in Ecology
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Sunny super-Earth?

( —Researchers from NAOJ and the University of Tokyo have observed the atmosphere of super-Earth "GJ3470b" in Cancer for the first time in the world using two telescopes at OAO (Okayama Astrophysical Observatory, ...

dateJun 12, 2013 in Astronomy
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Investigating exoplanet surfaces

In order to better understand the composition of rocky exoplanets, researchers have proposed a method to identify chemical signatures from surface materials. A better understanding of exoplanet surface compositions will help ...

dateMay 27, 2013 in Astronomy
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