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On Feb. 22, astronomers announced that the ultra-cool dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, hosts a total of seven Earth-size planets that are likely rocky, a discovery made by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in combination with ground-based telescopes. NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope also has been observing this star since December 2016.Today these additional data about TRAPPIST-1 from Kepler are available to...
NASA wants to create the coolest spot in the universe to better understand matter and the fundamental nature of gravity.While understanding that atoms behave in surprising ways at super-low temperatures, NASA has never before created or observed this behavior in space.As such, the space agency will be sending an ice chest-sized box to the International Space Station, where Nobel...
A recently found galaxy is so far away, astronomers see it the way that it looked when the universe was only 600 million years old.Astronomers have spotted a young galaxy far, far away that is loaded with ancient stardust from some of the earliest stars in the universe.The dusty galaxy, named A2744_YD4, is the youngest and most remote galaxy...
The motto at billionaire Jeff Bezos’s rocket company is “gradatim ferociter,” Latin for “step by step, ferociously.” The Amazon.com founder sees applying that intensity toward making space travel more like hopping on an airplane.A week after his rocket rival Elon Musk revealed plans to send two unidentified people on a trip around the moon late next year, Bezos said...
The Great Barrier Reef is still recovering from the massive coral bleaching event that destroyed 400 miles of its northern regions last year. Yet experts warn of an “elevated and imminent risk” of another widespread bleaching in 2017.According to an alert issued by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, more of the reef is demonstrating accumulated heat stress than...
NASA is planning for a manned mission to Mars in 2030. However, to keep the payload as light as possible, it is researching various methods to manufacture the goods on Mars rather than carrying them from Earth.In order to implement its plans, NASA has decided to fund two Space Technology Research Institute's (STRI) for research to come up with a way so...
NASA is set to launch a spacecraft to the sun in 2018.The Solar Probe Plus is intended to fly within 4million miles (6 million km) of the massive star.To put that into perspective, Earth is around 93 million miles (149 million kilometers) from the sun.The main objective is to gather data that will help scientists to forecast major space...
Bees aren't known for being brainy. While complex hive architecture and their movement-based "language" are impressive feats, these are generally attributed to biological aspects of a large community of bees driven by instinct and little else. Individual bees, after all, are insects, and tend to demonstrate little, if any, autonomous thought outside the group hierarchy.A new study, however, may challenge...
When people learn I study polar bears, the first question they usually ask is, “Are they really in trouble?” The short answer is yes—and International Polar Bear Day is a fitting time to remind everyone about why the polar bear’s future truly is in jeopardy, and what we must do about it.Simply put, it’s all about sea ice.Polar bears...
India's only live volcano is active again, say Indian scientists who witnessed the mountain spewing lava and billowing clouds of black smoke.The Barren Island volcano, on a remote uninhabited island off the country's eastern coast, had been lying dormant for more than 150 years until it saw a major eruption in 1991. Since then it has shown intermittent activity,...