Today's "Planet Earth Report" --The Last Jedi, Sex Robots Will Replace Humans, Coming Space Wars

 

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December 15, 2017: Today's links to headline stories from around the world on the threats, opportunities, and dangers facing our fragile planet --along with an occasional dash of humor, popular culture, and an intriguing conspiracy theory or two.  Coverage includes the Alien Life We Discover Will be Machines, Hunter Gathers of the American West,  China Will Save the World from Catastrophic Climate Change , Other Pale Blue Dots, The Digital Republic of Estonia,  Three Theories on the Origin of Our Interstellar Visitor, NASA to Survey Unexplored Stretch of Antarctica, Funniest Animal Photos of 2017.

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"Oumuamua" --1st of 4 Observations Via Greenbank Radio Telescope: 'No Detection Yet of Alien Technology' (WATCH ESO Video)


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"It is great to see data pouring in from observations of this novel and interesting source," said Andrew Siemion, Director of Berkeley SETI Research Center. "Our team is excited to see what additional observations and analyses will reveal."

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A New Physics? --"Elementary Particles Must Be So Massive That Detection By the LHC Will Not Be Possible"

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The elementary particles of 'new physics' must be so massive that their detection in the LHC, the largest modern accelerator, will not be possible. This none- too-optimistic conclusion comes from the most comprehensive review of observational data from many scientific experiments and their confrontation with several popular varieties of supersymmetry theory.

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Today's Top Space Headline --"Discovery of New Planet Reveals Distant Solar System to Rival Our Own" (WATCH NASA Video)

 
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“For the first time since our solar system planets were discovered thousands of years ago, we know for sure that our solar system is not the sole record holder for the most planets,” said University of Texas at Austin astronomer Andrew Vanderburg. “The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system. You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer.”

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China's FAST --"World's Largest Radio Telescope Reveals 3 New Pulsars"

 

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China's FAST radio telescope has discovered three new pulsars, the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) announced this week, bringing its discovery total to nine. FAST is made up of 4,600 panels giving it a collecting area of 196,000 square meters, dwarfing the next largest single dish radio telescope, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which at 305 meters across has a 73,000 square meter collecting area.

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"NASA's AI Future" -- Artificial Intelligence Reveals 8th Planet Hidden in Kepler-90 Star-System Spacecraft Data

 

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“Just as we expected, there are exciting discoveries lurking in our archived Kepler data, waiting for the right tool or technology to unearth them,” said Paul Hertz, director of NASA’s Astrophysics Division in Washington. “This finding shows that our data will be a treasure trove available to innovative researchers for years to come.”

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Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Earth's Clues to Life on Mars, Where Oldest Humans Thrive, Why We Believe in Conspiracy Theories

 

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December 14, 2017: Today's links to headline stories from around the world on the threats, opportunities, and dangers facing our fragile planet --along with an occasional dash of humor, popular culture, and an intriguing conspiracy theory or two. Coverage includes Mystery Object Hints at Undiscovered Planets, Prehistoric Monster Penguins, Photo Tour of Earth's Erupting Volcanoes.

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NASA-TV: Don't Miss Today's Big Kepler Mission "Exoplanet Discovery" Live-Streamed Press Conference

 
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"The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google," NASA officials revealed in a media advisory. "Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways of analyzing Kepler data."

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"The Unstable Universe" --Does the Milky Way Lie Near the Center of a Less Dense Area of Spacetime?

 
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Three mathematicians have a different explanation for the accelerating expansion of the universe that does without theories of "dark energy." Einstein's original equations for General Relativity actually predict cosmic acceleration due to an "instability," they argue in paper published recently in Proceedings of the Royal Society A.

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"First-Ever Survey Predicts Up To a 15-Foot Sea-Level Rise" --Melting of East Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Cripple Major US Cities

 
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The world's largest ice sheet may be less stable than previously thought, posing an even greater threat to Florida's coastline. The first ever marine geologic survey of East Antarctica's Sabrina Coast, published this week in Nature, concludes that some regions of the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet have been sensitive to climate change for millions of years. Much like the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, this region of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet is grounded below sea level and local glaciers are experiencing ice mass loss due to ocean warming.

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