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Atmosphere of super-earth exoplanet characterized for the first time

In a first, astronomers have succeeded in characterizing the atmosphere of a "super-Earth" exoplanet, the most common type of world in the galaxy. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was used by the astronomers to detect hydrogen...


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Extinct flower preserved in Amber may have been toxic

Lena Struwe, a Botany professor, has claimed that a 20 to 30 million-year-old fossil flower encased in amber is a completely new species and it might have been poisonous.


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Newly formed star puts on cosmic display of blue light

A newly formed star named HD 97300 is put up a cosmic display of blue light illuminating its neighboring nebula. The star lies around 500 light-years away from Earth, and is seen in the Chamaeleon Complex, located in...


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New galaxies found behind Milky Way could explain Great Attractor

Hundreds of hidden galaxies are discovered by scientists just behind the Milky Way. The astronomers succeeded in spotting these hidden galaxies using a new telescope view taken using an Australian radio telescope...


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Now, roach-like robots to help in disasters

A robotic cockroach may help in rescuing trapped people when buildings collapse in disaster like earthquakes. It is to be noted that roaches are capable of squishing their bodies down to one quarter their normal size and move...


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Pancakes can prevent blindness: study

A new study has suggested that understanding the patterns and textures of pancakes can help in treating glaucoma - common eye disorder. It is notable that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.


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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on moon, passes away

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard joined hands to help NASA recover from Apollo 13's "successful failure" has died. He was 85.


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'Flying Saucer' is a cool planet-forming disk

A protoplanetary disk has been discovered by astronomers which according to the astronomers surrounds a young star and its building blocks contains are cold, so cold that it doesn't jibe with current planetary formation...


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Noise from shipping traffic may harm orcas

A new study has suggested that noise from container ships, oil tankers, and cargo ships may be harming the endangered orcas of the Pacific Northwest. "These ships are not only prevalent, but quite loud compared...


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Britain okays embryo gene editing, reignites ethics debate

In a historic decision, Britain on Monday allowed the scientists to conduct gene-editing experiments on human embryos. The researchers will not create babies as the modified embryos will be destroyed after seven days...


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Moon phases linked to rainfall on Earth

A new study has showed that the tidal force of the moon affects rainfall on Earth. A team of researchers from University of Washington has said that moon has an effect on rainfall on Earth but the influence is not...


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Humans drove massive ancient bird to extinction

Tens of thousands of years ago, several giant beasts were present in Australia. Then, humans arrived and much of the continent's "megafauna" - large animals that populated much of the earth - has since gone into extinction...


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Astronomers find galaxy's largest solar system

A team of astronomers in the UK, US and Australia has said that a planet which was believed to have been free floating in space is actually in a colossal orbit around a star 1 trillion kilometers away...


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World's first 3D nanomaterials woven

Scientists have successfully created the first 3D nanomaterials weaved at the atomic and molecular level at Berkeley Lab. It is possible to make nano-materials in many ways, but who would have thought about traditional...


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Possible existence of ninth planet found

Researchers have found a ninth planet which is larger in size than Earth but is situated far beyond Pluto in the cold, dark depths of the solar system. The findings of the new research were published on Wednesday in...


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Average US home has about 100 types of insects

A new study has found that an average US home is the residence of over 100 different species of insects and other "arthropods." Arthropods are invertebrates with segmented bodies and jointed limbs, and include insects, spiders...


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Breakup of super-continent Rodina key for thawing out of 'Snowball Earth'

A new study has found that severe impact of explosive underwater volcanoes has played an important role in changing the chemistry of oceans and this was a key factor in breaking the planet from its icy state...


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SpaceX misses booster landing at sea

A leg mounted to the base of SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster did not open successfully during the final descent of the rocket to a barge in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, destroying the rocket completely. SpaceX is a private...


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Second largest black hole in Milky Way may have been located

A team of astronomers from Japan has succeeded in detecting the signs of second largest black hole in our galaxy Milky Way. The astronomers used the Nobeyama 45-meter radio telescope to find an enigmatic cloud of gas...


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Green pea galaxy provides information about early universe evolution

A new study has found that newly formed dwarf galaxies were likely responsible for heating up the universe about 13 billion years ago. The study was done by an international team of scientists that included a University...


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Greenland ice sheet melts more in cloudy weather

A new study has found that clouds play a major role in in the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. The researchers said that compared to clear skies, clouds increase the meltwater runoff by a third. The international...


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Now, a battery which is sensitive to temperatures

A team of researchers at Stanford University in the US have designed a lithium-ion battery that is sensitive to temperatures. The battery stops functioning at high temperatures to effectively prevent battery fires and restarts...


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Changing-look quasar eats up all gas in its vicinity

A team of astronomers at the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have finally managed to find out why quasar SDSS J1011+5442, has undergone dramatic transformation in the last 12 years - when the quasar was first spotted...


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Advanced alien civilizations may survive in globular star clusters

A team of researchers has suggested that densely packed groups of stars may be used as home by advanced alien civilizations. Interestingly, several studies have claimed that these environments, known as globular...


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NASA spots supermassive black hole 'burping' gas

A team of scientists at NASA has spotted a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy "burping" gas and star-forming dust. The scientists claimed that black holes could be "star factories" and not only...


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Scientists reveal how tongues help lizards defy gravity

Scientists have finally succeeded in learning how a certain pygmy chameleon managed to achieve one of the most explosive movements in the animal kingdom. The rosette-nosed chameleon, or Rhampholeon spinosus - an endanger...


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NTU scientists launch social and telepresence robots

A team of scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore has developed a robots which can display emotions and is almost like a human being, with soft skin and flowing brunette hair.


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Congress directs NASA to build deep space habitat by 2018

This month was a good one for NASA as the California-based space agency received an unexpected windfall after the US Congress announced to increase the budget of NASA by $1.3 billion in 2016. It is learned...


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Very first genome from ancient Irish humans sequenced

A team of scientists at the Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen's University Belfast have jointly succeeded in completing sequencing of the first ancient Irish human genome. The researchers...


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SpaceX's Falcon 9 lands back on earth after launching payloads

In a landmark development, private space agency SpaceX on Monday finally managed to successfully launch its Falcon 9 rocket to the edge of space in order to deploy a second stage containing a payload of commercial satellites...


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