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Clouds On Super-Earth Discovered : Neptune-sized planets

Clouds On Super-Earth Discovered

Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today’s forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago report they have definitively characterized the atmosphere of a super-Earth class planet orbiting another star for the first time. Read More »

Carolina Reaper is world’s hottest pepper (VIDEO)

Carolina Reaper is world's hottest pepper

The hottest peppers in the world are grown in South Carolina, the Guinness Book of World Records says. Ed Currie took a sweet hot pepper from the Caribbean and worked to make it hotter, spending more than four years working with students at Winthrop University who test food as part of their undergraduate classes to certify the amount of heat. Read More »

Climate Change Denial Groups Funded by ‘Dark Money’, research

Climate Change Denial Groups Funded by 'Dark Money', research

Organizations that actively block efforts to address climate change are funded by a large network of conservative donors to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year, according to the first in-depth study into the dark money that fuels the denial effort. The new research confirms the role of some famous ultra-free market conservative foundations such as the Searle Freedom ... Read More »

Neanderthals capable of complex speech : Says Study

Neanderthals capable of complex speech

An analysis of a fossil bone suggests Neanderthals may have had the ability to speak, an Australian researcher says. Stephen Wroe of the University of New South Wales, working with an international team, says the researchers were able to determine how the Hyoid bone — a horseshoe shaped structure in the neck — worked in Neanderthals. Wroe said the findings ... Read More »

Astronomers Discover Noble Gas Compound in Crab Nebula, NASA says

Astronomers Discover Noble Gas Compound in Crab Nebula

Astronomers have discovered a molecule in space that contains a noble gas. Until now, scientists thought such compounds only existed on Earth. The find was made using an instrument aboard Europe’s Herschel Space Observatory. The molecule, argon hydride, was seen in the crab nebula, the remains of a star that exploded 1,000 years ago The noble gases, which include helium, ... Read More »

Iran sends second monkey into space (PHOTO)

Iran sends second monkey into space

Iran says it has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time. President Hassan Rohani’s website announced on December 14 that the monkey was launched into orbit in an Iranian rocket, dubbed Pajohesh (Research), that used liquid fuel for the first time. It said the monkey, named Fargam (Auspicious), was returned to Earth safely. It did not say ... Read More »

Ozone Hole Won’t Heal Until 2070 NASA Experts says

Ozone Hole Won't Heal Until 2070 NASA Experts says

New research by NASA scientists reveals that while the hole in the ozone layer is stabilizing, it will take until 2070 to completely recover, the Los Angeles Times reports. Levels of chlorine in the atmosphere have fallen due to the Montreal Protocol treaty, which was passed two decades ago in an effort to ban chlorofluorocarbons and other compounds. But the ... Read More »

Meteor explodes over Arizona (VIDEO)

Meteor explodes over Arizona

A resounding boom over Tucson, Arizona, roused residents from their dinner tables Tuesday and had them pointing up to the sky. With the largest meteor shower of the year around the corner, the heavens seemed to be giving them a sneak preview. A whopper of a fireball roared over their heads and exploded, rattling their houses. According to CNN, the ... Read More »