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How deadly would a nearby gamma ray burst be?

Despite the obvious doom and gloom associated with mass extinctions, they have a tendency to capture our imagination. After all, the sudden demise of the dinosaurs, presumably due to an asteroid strike, is quite an enthralling ...

dateOct 10, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Cosmic dust demystified

The solar system is a dusty environment, with trillions of cosmic dust particles left behind by comets and asteroids that orbit the sun. All this dust forms a relatively dense cloud through which the Earth travels, sweeping ...

dateSep 27, 2016 in General Physics
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Small planets hiding in giant cloaks

Hazes and clouds high up in the atmospheres of exoplanets may make them appear bigger than they really are, according to new research by astronomers at the Space Research Institute (IWF) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. ...

dateJun 15, 2016 in Astronomy
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