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May 22, 2024
NASA Tool Gets Ready to Image Faraway Planets

Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 22, 2024
A technology demo on the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will help increase the variety of distant planets scientists can directly image. The Roman Coronagraph Instrument on NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will help pave the way in the search for habitable worlds outside our solar system by testing new tools that block starlight, revealing planets hidden by the glare of their parent stars. The technology demonstration recently shipped from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern Ca ... read more
ASU researchers address methane mystery of exoplanet
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 22, 2024
In the effort to understand a warm gas-giant exoplanet, Arizona State University researchers have helped uncover its secrets. WASP-107b has puzzled astronomers for some time, but recent findin ... more
Webb reveals details of exoplanet's interior
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 21, 2024
A surprisingly low amount of methane and a super-sized core have been discovered within the planet WASP-107 b. Data from the James Webb Space Telescope provide the first measurements of an exo ... more
Researchers Discover New Insights into Carbene Formation
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 20, 2024
A team led by University of Maryland chemists has found a new method to create carbenes, highly reactive molecules essential for many chemical reactions, including those that produce carbohydrates. ... more
UH Manoa researchers uncover origins of life's building blocks in space
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 15, 2024
Researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa have made a key discovery about the formation of essential molecules in space, which could provide insights into how life began on Earth. A te ... more
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Earth-sized planet discovered orbiting ultra-cool red dwarf star
London, UK (SPX) May 16, 2024
An international team of astronomers has detected a new Earth-sized planet orbiting an ultra-cool red dwarf star, located 55 light years away. The planet, named SPECULOOS-3 b, is the second of ... more
Newly discovered Earth-sized planet may lack an atmosphere
Boston MA (SPX) May 16, 2024
Astronomers at MIT, the University of Liege, and elsewhere have discovered a new planet orbiting a small cold star, a mere 55 light years away. The nearby planet is similar to Earth in its size and ... more
Astronomers spot a giant planet that is as light as cotton candy
Boston MA (SPX) May 15, 2024
Astronomers at MIT, the University of Liege in Belgium, and elsewhere have discovered a huge, fluffy oddball of a planet orbiting a distant star in our Milky Way galaxy. The discovery, reported in t ... more
A perfect tidal storm: HD 104067 planetary architecture creating an incandescent world
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 10, 2024
In an eye-opening revelation, University of California - Riverside astrophysicist Stephen Kane was taken aback by the extreme conditions of a newly studied planet. Initial disbelief prompted him to ... more
Evidence of atmosphere discovered on rocky exoplanet 55 Cancri e
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 10, 2024
A collaborative study involving multiple research institutions including NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of New Mexico, recently published in Nature, reveals that the exoplanet 5 ... more
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Ozone's influence on exoplanetary climate dynamics highlighted in new research
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2024
In a significant study led by Dr. Assaf Hochman from the Fredy and Nadine Herrmann Institute of Earth Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, new insights have been unveiled into the atmosph ... more
Genomes of multicellular algal relatives reveal evolutionary clues to plant origins
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 06, 2024
Land plants, which dominate our planet's landscape, have developed from simple organisms into complex forms with diverse organs and cell types. This transformation, supported by a vast network of ge ... more
Webb telescope's study suggests life on exoplanet remains unconfirmed
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 03, 2024
Excitement was high when NASA's James Webb Space Telescope reported potential signs of life on a distant exoplanet. However, a new study by UC Riverside researchers published in the Astrophysical Jo ... more
Nightside clouds reveal new insights on giant exoplanet Wasp-43b
London, UK (SPX) May 01, 2024
NYU Abu Dhabi researchers at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Science, including Research Scientist Jasmina Blecic and Associate Professor Ian Dobbs-Dixon, have utilized NASA's James Webb Space ... more
Decaying orbits of exoplanets linked to stellar magnetic fields
London, UK (SPX) Apr 30, 2024
Researchers at Durham University have identified a new mechanism potentially explaining the orbital decay of exoplanets around sun-like stars, a phenomenon observed in systems such as WASP-12b. ... more
LLNL Pandora SmallSat mission clears major NASA milestone on the path toward launch

Livermore CA (SPX) Apr 26, 2024
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Pandora?SmallSat mission recently passed NASA's critical design review: a major milestone for the mission to continue its journey toward launch. The Pandora SmallSat mission will study planets beyond our solar system, known as exoplanets, and their stars. "This is a major milestone for the mission and a huge accomplishment for our team, clearing us through spacecraft integration and to flight readiness," said Ben Bahney, LLNL's program leader for Spa ... read more
Study traces bioluminescence back 540 million years in octocorals
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2024
Bioluminescence, the ability of organisms to emit light, originated in marine invertebrates known as octocorals at least 540 million years ago, a study by Smithsonian scientists indicates. This disc ... more

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Hidden biosphere discovered beneath world's driest hot desert
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Apr 24, 2024
Researchers exploring Earth's driest hot desert, the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, have uncovered a hidden microbial world 13 feet beneath the surface, shedding light on potential extraterrestri ... more
Astronomers propose new formation model for JuMBO free-floating planets
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 23, 2024
Astronomers have been captivated by the recent identification of what might be a novel category of "free-floating" planets, unveiled through remarkable images from the James Webb Space Telescope. Th ... more
Desert soil microbes adapt to thrive in extreme dry conditions
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Apr 22, 2024
Scientists from the University of Vienna have shed light on how desert soil bacteria survive and thrive under the extreme conditions of prolonged droughts and intermittent heavy rainfall. Their find ... more
Peptides still form on cosmic dust despite water-covered molecular ice
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Apr 22, 2024
Organic compounds vital for life, peptides, which are integral to numerous biological functions, have been found to form on cosmic dust particles even in environments thought inhospitable due to the ... more
Tracing life's origins: Cambridge team explores early Earth conditions
London, UK (SPX) Apr 22, 2024
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a model illustrating how conditions conducive to life may have arisen naturally. Their study focuses on the synthesis of essential life comp ... more
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