"Unveiling Invisible Alien Worlds" --Molecules, the New Exoplanet Sleuth

 

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"By focusing on molecules present only on the studied exoplanet that are absent from its host star, our technique would effectively "erase" the star, leaving only the exoplanet," explains Jens Hoeijmakers researcher at the Astronomy Department of the Observatory of the Faculty of Science of the University of Geneva and member of NCCR PlanetS, wondered if it would be possible to trace the molecular composition of the planets.

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From the Farside: "The Most Controversial Secret on Earth" --Why UFOs are Now a Serious News Story

 

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"You've seen it without knowing it. Remember that wild news in December about a secret Pentagon UFO program? And those grainy military videos showing radar images of unexplained phenomena — white, Tic-Tac-shaped objects that appear to fly at remarkable speeds, at impossible angles, without wings or exhaust?"

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"A Hidden World" --Astronomers Capture First-Ever Image of an Erupting Supermassive Black Hole Jet

 

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"Because of the dust that absorbed any visible light, this particular tidal disruption event may be just the tip of the iceberg of what until now has been a hidden population," Mattila said. "By looking for these events with infrared and radio telescopes, we may be able to discover many more, and learn from them," sai Miguel Perez-Torres, of the Astrophysical Institute of Andalusia in Granada, Spain.

 

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Today's "Planet Earth Report" --"Basta!" --Mount Everest, Earth's Highest Waste Dump

 

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"It is disgusting, an eyesore," Pemba Dorje Sherpa, who has summited Everest 18 times, told AFP. "The mountain is carrying tons of waste." As the number of climbers on the mountain has soared—at least 600 people have scaled the world's highest peak so far this year alone—the problem has worsened.

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"The Great Transformation" --Can AI & Robotics Save the World? (Today's Top Science Headline)

 

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"Can AI, advanced robotics, self-driving cars, and other recent breakthroughs spread prosperity to the population at large?" Artificial intelligence is offering an amazing opportunity to increase prosperity, but whether or not ­we will seize it is our choice. “If workers in their late 40s or mid 50s are replace by automation, will they actually be able to acquire the skills required for new jobs, and will they actually be hired if they acquire those skills? We have to invest a lot in skills and education and mobility, and—even though that sounds hard—it’s harder than you think.”

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Stephen Hawking's Nightmare: "Earth as Venus" --'It Has flat-Out Crushed Every Probe We've Sent' (WATCH Today's Most Popular)

 


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"Venus today has a thick atmosphere that contains very little water, but we think the planet started out with an ocean's worth of water," said John T. Clarke of Boston University, a renowned authority on planetary atmospheres.

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Today's Top Science Headline: Upgrade at CERN's LHC --"Exploring Strange Signals That Could Upend Particle Physics"

 

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"Physicists are already exploring some strange signals at the LHC, reports The Guardian, that could be the first hints that the so-called standard model of particle physics is about to break down. The standard model is a series of equations that describe how particles such as the electrons and quarks found inside atoms interact with each other. The theory works brilliantly, but physicists know it is incomplete: it says nothing about gravity, or the dark matter [image below] that clings unseen to galaxies, or the dark energy that drives the expansion of the universe, or why the world around us is made of matter instead antimatter."

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Stephen Hawking Placed at Rest Next to Issac Newton and Charles Darwin --"Last Thoughts on Death, Aliens, and the Universe"

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A message from late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking was beamed towards the nearest black hole on Friday as his remains were laid to rest in London's Westminster Abbey. With celebrities and science enthusiasts from around the world in attendance, the ashes of the theoretical physicist were interred by the graves of fellow science greats Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

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Moons of Alien Planets --"Greatly Expand Habitats for Life"

 

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"There are currently 175 known moons orbiting the eight planets in our solar system. While most of these moons orbit Saturn and Jupiter, which are outside the Sun's habitable zone, that may not be the case in other solar systems," said Stephen Kane, an associate professor of planetary astrophysics and a member of the UCR's Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center. "Including rocky exomoons in our search for life in space will greatly expand the places we can look."

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