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NASA Discovers Seven Earth-Sized Planets – Could Support Alien Life

NASA Discovers Seven Earth-Sized Planets - Could Support Alien Life

NASA has discovered seven planets with Earth-like qualities orbiting a nearby star making them among the strongest candidates in the continued search for extraterrestrial life among known exoplanets, or planets that exist outside of our own solar system. “This is the first time that so many Earth-sized planets have been found around the same star,” says Michaël Gillon, an astronomer ... Read More »

Researchers discover four species of tiny frogs in India

Researchers discover four species of tiny frogs in India

Researchers have discovered new frogs so tiny they can sit on a thumbnail. After six years of trudging through the rainforests of the Western Ghats in southern India, scientists have discovered seven new endemic species of Nyctibatrachus, or night frogs. Four of these species are hardly 14 mm in length. Measuring in at between 12 and 16 millimetres head-to-toosh, the ... Read More »

Vancouver Aquarium to end display of beluga whales by 2029

Vancouver Aquarium to end display of beluga whales by 2029

The Vancouver Aquarium plans to bring back beluga whales by the spring of 2019, despite not knowing what killed two of the mammals last November. “For 50 years the Vancouver Aquarium has worked to protect beluga whales in the wild, by introducing the species to Canadians who might never have otherwise heard of it, and with research and understanding gained ... Read More »

Researchers cautiously lay ground rules for rewriting human DNA “Report”

Researchers cautiously lay ground rules for rewriting human DNA

National Academies report paves a path for future germline editing, but only under strict conditions. The joint report from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine outlines several criteria that should be met before allowing genome editing clinical trials to move forward. According to the report, these editing tools could one day be used on human ... Read More »

Six Alleged UFOs Flew Past the ISS in Mysterious NASA Video (Watch)

Six Alleged UFOs Flew Past the ISS in Mysterious NASA Video (Watch)

New and strange footage from NASA’s live feed of the International Space Station appears to show six large objects scurrying by. This is not the first time this sight has been seen, but this instance contains unique characteristics. The 31 second video appears to focus on the outside of the American station and within seconds, ‘six large’ glowing orbs crept ... Read More »

Researchers revive weird microbes after freeing them from ancient ‘cave crystals’

Researchers revive weird microbes after freeing them from ancient cave crystals

Microbes found stowed inside giant crystals in caves in Chihuahua, Mexico, may have survived there for tens of thousands of years. The extraordinary micro-organisms were found trapped in crystal in a volcanically heated Mexican cave system where temperatures reach 60C (140F). Some of them are believed to have been there for 60,000 years and were shut off from light or ... Read More »

Winston Churchill’s essay on aliens discovered, Report

Winston Churchill's essay on aliens discovered

A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill reveals he was open to the possibility of life on other planets. The worldwide media was exercised over the surfacing of what was alleged to be an unpublished Churchill article, held by the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, in which our author contemplates the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The Museum, which received ... Read More »

Printable Solar Panels on the Horizon, says new research

Printable Solar Panels on the Horizon, says new research

A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning ... Read More »

17 Minor Planets Named by NameExoWorlds Contest Winners

17 Minor Planets Named by NameExoWorlds Contest Winners

In 2015, the IAU organised the NameExoWorlds contest, which provided the first opportunity for the public to submit names for exoplanets and their stars. As a result, the names of 19 ExoWorlds (14 stars and 31 exoplanets orbiting them) were chosen by public vote, and accepted by the IAU. These names became the official designations of the exoplanets and stars. ... Read More »