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NASA spots the closest super-Earth ever

A newly discovered planet called HD 219134b is not Earth-like but it is also a rocky planet and according to researchers it's the closest planet of that type spotted outside our solar system so far.


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Washington DC may sink 6+ inches over next 100 years

The researchers from University of Vermont have said that tide gauges in the Chesapeake Bay have shown for the past six decades that sea level "is rising at twice the global average rate and faster than elsewhere on the East Coast."


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Lithium discovery could solve astronomy mystery

Astronomers have expressed hope that the discovery of lithium being expelled at some 2 million kilometers (1.24 million miles) per hour in Nova Centauri could end the mystery over the presence of large amount of lithium...


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'Leaders and lifters' help ants move big chunks of food

A team of scientists in Israel have found out how ants co-operate among each other when they want to move big chunks of food back to their nests. The researchers said that heavy lifting is done by a large team of a...


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Internet seeks revenge from dentist Walter Palmer for killing Cecil the lion

Several celebrities have joined the online mob slamming the American dentist who has admitted his role in killing Zimbabwe's most famous lion, Cecil. Walter Palmer has said he "deeply regrets" killing the 13-year-old...


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Elon Musk & Stephen Hawking warn over AI weapons

Billionaire businessman Elon Musk and well-known physicist Stephen Hawking has joined the group of concerned scientists, researchers and academics, who have warned that a military artificial intelligence arms race...


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Spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong: Kickstarter goal hit, $500k raised

The historic spacesuit worn by astronaut Neil Armstrong when he climbed down the ladder from his lunar module to set the first human boot on the Moon will be put up for public display after a successful crowdfunding appeal.


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Rocket carrying three new astronauts docks with ISS

Astronauts from the US, Russia and Japan docked successfully with the International Space Station today, after taking off from earth around six hours ago, NASA television showed.


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Original Americans came from Siberia during last Ice Age

A new study has found that original Americans came from Russia's Siberia in a single group around 23,000 years ago, when the last Ice Age was at its height. The researchers added that once the group reached Alaska...


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Stephen Hawking backs Russian billionaire's $100 million project to hunt for

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Yuri Milner on Monday launched a plan worth USD 100 million to scan the skies for signs of intelligent life using radio telescopes. The project has the support of several science luminaries...


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New Pluto images reveal 'young' mountain range

The new pictures of Pluto captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft have revealed a range of mountains rising as high as 3,353m above the surface of the icy planet.


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New Horizons safe after successful Pluto flyby

NASA on Tuesday announced that its spacecraft New Horizons has "phoned home" from nearly five billion kilometres away after flying past Pluto successfully.


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Pluto flyby LIVE: Nasa awaits first pictures of planet from New Horizons

NASA's spacecraft New Horizons is set to make its closest approach to Pluto marking the 'end of an era' in Solar System exploration. Here is a detailed account of the spacecraft's journey in the final minutes:


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Chromosomes can change face of cancer research

A new study has revealed that chromosomes are actively involved in the division of animal cells during cytokinesis process. The researchers said that the discovery of this property of chromosome is nothing...


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New Horizons spacecraft sends back new Pluto images

As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft gets closer to the historic July 14 Pluto fly-by, the spacecraft has sent new images of Pluto. Although Pluto is still looking similar to a dot along with its largest moon Charon...


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Self-driving cars could help reduce emissions

A new study has found that self-driving cabs could help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The researchers from Berkeley Lab studied the amount of greenhouse gases given off by various forms of automobile and found...


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Rosetta finds sinkholes on comet 67P

Sinkholes or swallow holes have been found by the scientists on the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by studying close up images of the comet captured by Rosetta spacecraft.


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Super-armored ancient worm found in China

Fossils of a super-armored ancient worm with spikes on its back were discovered in China. The worm is 500 million years old and has got a fierce look. The curious creature has been termed the Hairy Collins' Monster...


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SpaceX rocket explodes en route to International Space Station

A new mission of SpaceX ended abruptly on Sunday after a rocket of the private space agency exploded on its way to International Space Station (ISS).


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First species of 'Yeti crab' found in Antarctica

The morphology of the only species of Yeti crab which is capable of residing in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica has been released by the scientists. The Yeti crab, also known as the "Hoff crab", in honor of...


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Organs-on-chips mimic human organs, may lead to end of animal testing

The Design Museum of London awarded Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University for developing "organs-on-chips", which are made using silicon and are capable of mimicking the functions...


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Ancient Romanian jawbone hints at Neanderthal interbreeding

You may not be aware of this fact, but it is likely that some Neanderthal is also present in you. For people across the globe, except sub-Saharan Africans, about 1 to 3 percent of their DNA comes from Neanderthals, our...


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Pope may end bickering on climate change

Veerabhadran Ramanathan, who works out of UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has said that he was thrilled to hear Pope Francis' powerful encyclical speech with the world to deal with climate change.


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Summer solstice is here: All you need to know

The longest day of the year or the summer solstice is on June 21. On this day, the sun will rise at 4.39am and set at 9.28pm. Here are ten things you must know about summer solstice:


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Moon engulfed in permanent dust cloud

The moon is engulfed in a permanent but lopsided dust cloud, scientists say, adding that the cloud is made up of tiny dust grains. According to astronomers, the density of the dust cloud increases when annual events like...


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Many water basins in world are being depleted, studies find

New studies have found that 8 of the world's largest aquifers are being depleted with no natural replenishment. The new studies on global water supply showed that the Central Valley aquifer is highly stressed, adding...


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Did we descend from comets? Philae may provide the answer

The awakening of comet lander called Philae may help in unlocking the greatest mystery of the world: the origin of life. Philae remained in darkness for seven months before it rose from the dead suddenly. This spider-like...


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Pope Francis, Republicans collide on climate change

The debate over climate change is set to get a major boost as Vatican is gearing up to release Pope Francis' encyclical - an official document with the teachings from the revered Pope - on the environment and climate change...


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Milk-drinking Russians created modern Europe: Study

A new study has found that modern Europe was only formed 5,000 years ago when mass migration from southern Russia and Georgia to the continent brought new languages, technology and dairy farming to the region.


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Nobel scientist Tim Hunt resigns after sexist remarks

Nobel-winning scientist Tim Hunt, who grabbed headlines on Wednesday for comments on the "trouble with girls" working in laboratories, today resigned from his position as honorary professor at University College...


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