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Major Building Block of Life Found Seeded Evenly Throughout the Cosmos

 

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"You are older than you think – or at least, some of the iron in your blood is older, formed in galaxies millions of light years away and billions of years ago," says Aurora Simionescu, who is currently with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. New evidence that iron is spread evenly between the galaxies in one of the largest galaxy clusters in the universe supports the theory that the universe underwent a turbulent and violent youth more than 10 billion years ago. That explosive period was responsible for seeding the cosmos with iron and other heavy elements that are critical to life itself.

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Comment of the Day: "We Simply Must Assume Life in the Universe is Abundant"

 

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"Well, this should settle any questions about the Fermi paradox. The universe is clearly set up to create life in infinite forms. We know life on this planet lives and adapts to all environments. We also know that carbon based life forms, are not the only possible way for life to emerge. If the basic building blocks are spread throughout the cosmos then we simply must assume life is abundant. Maybe not intelligent, but certainly microbial."

Matthew

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Ceres --The Dwarf Planet: "A Game Changer in the Solar System" (Today's Most Popular)

 

 

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"I think of Ceres actually as a game changer in the Solar System,"  said Britney Schmidt, science team liaison for the Dawn Mission. "Ceres is arguably the only one of its kind. "Ceres is like the gatekeeper to the history of water in the middle solar system."

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Alien Planet Kepler 78b --A Mystery World that Baffles Astronomers

 

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Alien Planet Kepler-78b "is a complete mystery," says astronomer David Latham of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). "We don't know how it formed or how it got to where it is today. What we do know is that it's not going to last forever."

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Live-Streamed Today --1st Results of Large-Underground-Xenon Search for Dark Matter (VIDEO)

 

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In an ultra-quiet environment, the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter detector searches for dark matter particles dubbed "weakly interacting massive particles," or WIMPs. Thought to comprise more than 80 percent of the matter in the universe, WIMPs so far have never been directly detected.

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The Search for a Massive Photon --"May Reveal Dark Matter and Nix the Standard Model"

 

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“We’re looking for a massive photon,” explains MIT physics professor Richard Milner. That may seem like a contradiction in terms: Photons, or particles of light, are known to be massless. If it does exist, that would represent a major discovery, Milner says. “It’s totally beyond anything we understand about the physical world. A massive photon would be totally different” from anything allowed by the Standard Model, the bedrock of modern particle physics. "It’s a tiny effect,” Milner adds, but “it can have enormous consequences for our theories and our understanding. It would be absolutely groundbreaking in physics.”

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EcoAlert --Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide-Rich Oceans Led to Major Extinction 93.9 Million Years Ago

 

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“Today, we are facing rising carbon dioxide contents in the atmosphere through human activities, and the amount of oxygen in the ocean may drop correspondingly in the face of rising seawater temperatures,” said said Timothy W. Lyons, a professor of biogeochemistry at University of California (Riverside). “Oxygen is less soluble in warmer water, and there are already suggestions of such decreases. In the face of these concerns, our findings from the warm, oxygen-poor ancient ocean may be a warning shot about yet another possible perturbation to marine ecology in the future.”

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Image of the Day: "The Ghost of Jupiter" and Other Specters of Dying Stars

 

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NASA scientists released a trio of stellar ghosts caught in infrared light by the Spitzer Space Telescope (see below). All three structures, called planetary nebulas, are material ejected from dying stars. As death beckoned, the stars’ wispy bits and pieces were blown into outer space.

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"Our Universe is Made Up of Indivisible Building Blocks --Like Tiny Atoms"

 

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The start of the Universe should be modeled not as a Big Bang but more like water freezing into ice, according to findings by a team of theoretical physicists at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University in 2012 that could our revolutionized our understanding of the nature of the Universe. The key, they proposed, is to be found in the cracks and crevices common to all crystals.

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Image of the Day: Colossal Solar Flare Erupts from Sunspot (VIDEO)

 

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The sun unleashed the third major solar flare in three days, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory scientists said. The massive solar storm occurred late Sunday at 10:03 p.m. EDT (0203 Oct. 28 GMT). It registered as an X-class solar flare — the most powerful type of flare the sun has — and followed two back-to-back X-flares that erupted from the sun on Friday (Oct. 25). NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a video of the new X-class solar flare shown below. This image oshows a blend of light in wavelengths of 193 and 131 Angstroms. The flare, an X2.1, appears as the bright flash on the left. 

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