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Scientists may Have Found a Neptune-Sized Alien Moon

Scientists may Have Found a Neptune-Sized Alien Moon

It would be the first proof that exoplanets have companions. Astronomers have found an abundance of exoplanets, but no exomoons. Despite ongoing efforts, the tiny celestial bodies have just been too elusive to detect using modern technology. However, researchers might have just hit paydirt...

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World Temperatures Hit New High in 2016 For Third Year In a Row

World Temperatures Hit New High in 2016 For Third Year In a Row

World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, U.S. government agencies said on Wednesday...

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WATCH: SpaceX Successfully Launched Falcon 9 Rocket

WATCH: SpaceX Successfully Launched Falcon 9 Rocket

Just months after a launch pad explosion thwarted its last attempt, SpaceX has successfully launched an unmanned rocket into orbit. The launch, which unfolded Saturday at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, marked a crucial — and expensive — test for the private space company in the aftermath of its recent, very visible misfire...

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Flipping A Switch In The Brain Turns Lab Rodents Into Killer Mice

Flipping A Switch In The Brain Turns Lab Rodents Into Killer Mice

Mice that kill at the flip of a switch may reveal how hunting behavior evolved hundreds of millions of years ago. The mice became aggressive predators when two sets of neurons in the amygdala were activated with laser light, a team reported Thursday in the journal Cell...

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Scientists Predict Star Collision Visible To The Naked Eye In 2022

Scientists Predict Star Collision Visible To The Naked Eye In 2022

Scientists predict that a pair of stars in the constellation Cygnus will collide in 2022, give or take a year, creating an explosion in the night sky so bright that it will be visible to the naked eye. If it happens, it would be the first time such an event was predicted by scientists. Calvin College professor Larry Molnar and his team said in a statement that two stars are orbiting each other now and "share a common atmosphere, like two peanuts sharing a single shell."

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Pluto’s Icy Heart Led to Depression, Researchers Say

Pluto's Icy Heart Led to Depression, Researchers Say

Ever since NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent back the first high-resolution images of Pluto’s great white heart, scientists have been puzzling over its origin. Some have suggested that the planet rolled over to ensure this particular feature wound up in this particular spot; others say its location could indicate a subsurface ocean...

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These Fijian Ants Have Been Farming Long Before Humans Were: Study

These Fijian Ants Have Been Farming Long Before Humans Were: Study

Fijian ants began planting fruit crops millions of years before ancient humans did, a new study revealed. Researchers from the University of Munich in Germany reconstructed the evolutionary history of the relationship between Fijian ants and fruit plants...

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Huge Underground Ice Deposit on Mars is Bigger than New Mexico

Huge Underground Ice Deposit on Mars is Bigger than New Mexico

A giant deposit of buried ice on Mars contains about as much water as Lake Superior does here on Earth, a new study reports. The ice layer, which spans a greater area than the state of New Mexico, lies in Mars' mid-northern latitudes and is covered by just 3 feet to 33 feet of soil. It therefore represents a vast possible resource for future astronauts exploring the Red Planet, study team members said.

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