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A geophysical planet definition

In 2006, during their 26th General Assembly, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) adopted a formal definition of the term "planet". This was done in the hopes of dispelling ambiguity over which bodies should be designated ...

dateFeb 22, 2017 in Space Exploration
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Researcher hunts DNA on Mars

Astrobiologist alumna Alexandra Pontefract, PhD'13 (Geology), knows finding DNA on the Red Planet will be no easy feat. But it is possible. What's more, if DNA is found, it's not far-fetched to think it would be proof of ...

dateJan 13, 2017 in Space Exploration
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Newly formed stars shoot out powerful whirlwinds

Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute have used the ALMA telescopes to observe the early stages in the formation of a new solar system. For the first time they have seen how a powerful whirlwind shoot out from the rotating ...

dateDec 14, 2016 in Astronomy
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