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September 01, 2017
Ultraviolet Light May Be Ultra Important in Search for Life
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In everyday life, ultraviolet, or UV, light earns a bad reputation for being responsible for sunburns and other harmful effects on humans. However, research suggests that UV light may have played a critical role in the emergence of life on Earth and could be a key for where to look for life elsewhere in the universe. A new study by Sukrit Ranjan of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Mass., and colleagues suggests that red dwarf stars might not emit enough UV light ... read more

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Hubble delivers first hints of possible water content of TRAPPIST-1 planets
An international team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to estimate whether there might be water on the seven earth-sized planets orbiting the nearby dwarf star TRAPPIST-1. The ... more
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15 Fast Radio Bursts Detected from Distant Universe
Breakthrough Listen - the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe - has detected 15 fast radio bursts emanating from the mysterious "repeater" FRB 121102. Fast radio bursts, or ... more
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A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
The National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory and the Planetary Habitability Laboratory of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo joined the Red Dots project using the ESO's exoplanet-hunt ... more
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Gulf of Mexico tube worm is one of the longest-living animals in the world
Scientists believe a rare tube worm species found in the Gulf of Mexico is the longest-living animal on Earth. According to their latest research, the species, Escarpia laminata, can live for more than 300 years. ... more
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Molecular Outflow Launched Beyond Disk Around Young Star
For the first time, an international team of astronomers led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) has observed a molecular outflow being launched from beyond the disk surro ... more
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Scientists take first snapshots of a molecular propeller that runs at 100 degrees Celsius
Scientists have made a crucial new discovery into how a group of ancient microbes that can survive in some of the world's harshest environments, propel themselves forward. An international tea ... more
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Earth-like planet in star system only 16 light years away
Astrophysicists at the University of Texas at Arlington have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away. The team investigated the star system ... more
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Deep-sea animals eating plastic fibers from clothing
Far beneath the ocean waves lies the benthic zone - the cold dark region at the bottom of the sea that is home to some of the most important marine organisms, called meiofauna. No larger than a few grains of table salt, the tiny creatures live in and around seabed sediment and play a crucial role breaking down organic matter in the deep ocean and recycling nutrients throughout the marine food chain. ... more

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Tidally locked exoplanets may be more common than previously thought
Many exoplanets to be found by coming high-powered telescopes will probably be tidally locked - with one side permanently facing their host star - according to new research by astronomer Rory Barnes ... more
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Scientists find four Earth-like exoplanets orbiting closest sun-like star
Scientists have found four Earth-like exoplanets orbiting a star system just 12 light-years away. ... more
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TRAPPIST-1 twice as old as our solar system
Astronomers have narrowed in on a more precise estimate of the TRAPPIST-1 system. ... more
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Hubble detects exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere
Scientists have found the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on an enormous planet outside our solar system, with an atmosphere hot enough to boil iron. An international team of res ... more
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Researchers detect exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere
Scientists have found compelling evidence for a stratosphere on an enormous planet outside our solar system. The planet's stratosphere - a layer of atmosphere where temperature increases with higher ... more
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Unexpected life found at bottom of High Arctic lakes
In the shallow, frigid waters of Nunavut's Ward Hunt Lake, something mysterious lingers at the lake floor. It's fuzzy, it's bright orange - and it's alive. ... more
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NASA hiring a planetary protection officer to guard against alien invaders
According to NASA, the universe needs police - specifically immigration enforcement. The space agency is hiring a planetary protection officer to keep Earthlings safe from alien invaders. ... more
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An Earth-like atmosphere may not survive Proxima b's orbit
Proxima b, an Earth-size planet right outside our solar system in the habitable zone of its star, may not be able to keep a grip on its atmosphere, leaving the surface exposed to harmful stellar rad ... more

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Has Cassini found a universal driver for prebiotic chemistry at Titan?
The international Cassini-Huygens mission has made a surprising detection of a molecule that is instrumental in the production of complex organics within the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. ... more
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Breakthrough Starshot launches tiny spacecraft in quest for Alpha Centauri
Breakthrough Starshot, a multi-faceted program to develop and launch practical interstellar space missions, successfully flew its first spacecraft - the smallest ever launched. On June 23, a n ... more
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Why looking for aliens is good for society
The search for life elsewhere in the universe is one of the most compelling aspects of modern science. Given its scientific importance, significant resources are devoted to this young science of ast ... more
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Turbulence in planetary cores excited by tides
Veritable shields against high-energy particles, planets' magnetic fields are produced by iron moving in their liquid core. Yet the dominant model for explaining this system does not fit the smalles ... more
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New non-photosynthesizing plant species discovered on Ishigaki island, Japan
A new species of non-photosynthesizing parasitic plant has been discovered on the subtropical island of Ishigaki in Okinawa, Japan and named Sciaphila sugimotoi. The research team responsible for th ... more
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Eyes Wide Open for MASCARA Exoplanet Hunter
The MASCARA (Multi-site All-Sky CAmeRA) station at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has achieved first light. This new facility will seek out transiting exoplanets as they pass in front of their ... more
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New study challenges prevailing theory about how deep-sea vents are colonized
An article just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B describes two remarkably different hydrothermal vent fields discovered in the southern Gulf of California. Despite being relativel ... more
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Holographic imaging could sample and identify living microbes in the outer solar system
We may be capable of finding microbes in space - but if we did, could we tell what they were, and that they were alive? This month the journal Astrobiology is publishing a special issue dedica ... more
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