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There are more than 5,000 worlds beyond our solar system, NASA confirms

[CNN] There are now more than 5,000 confirmed planets beyond our solar system, according to NASA. The latest addition of 65 exoplanets to the NASA Exoplanet Archive contributed to the scientific milestone marked on Monday. This archive is the home to exoplanet discoveries from peer-reviewed scientific papers that have been confirmed using multiple methods of […]

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Out-of-control SpaceX rocket will smash into the moon in weeks

[LiveScience, Getty] The rocket is expected to hit our lunar companion at 5,771 mph (9,288 km/h). A SpaceX rocket that launched nearly seven years ago is now on course to crash into the moon, astronomers have predicted.Advertisement The Falcon 9 booster was launched in February 2015 as part of a mission to send a climate observation […]

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Scientists created the world’s whitest paint. It could eliminate the need for air conditioning.

[USA Today] The whitest paint in the world has been created in a lab at Purdue University, a paint so white that it could eventually reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning, scientists say. The paint has now made it into the Guinness World Records book as the whitest ever made. So why did the […]

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Online Map Shows How Rising Sea Levels Will Impact Humanity

[Forbes, NASA] NASA’s Sea Level Change Team has created a sea level projection tool based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that visualizes the impacts of future sea level rise on coastlines and communities. More than 600 million people (around 10 percent of the world’s population) live in coastal areas that are less than […]

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‘Fool’s Gold’ Actually Contains a Newly Discovered Type of Real Gold, Scientists Find

[Science Alert, Wikimedia Commons] The mineral pyrite was historically nicknamed fool’s gold because of its deceptive resemblance to the precious metal. The term was often used during the California gold rush in the 1840s because inexperienced prospectors would claim discoveries of gold, but in reality it would be pyrite, composed of worthless iron disulfide (FeS₂). Ironically, pyrite […]

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There Is Only One Other Planet In Our Galaxy That Could Be Earth-Like, Say Scientists

[Forbes, Wikimedia Commons] It’s you and me, Kepler−442b. What does it take for an alien exoplanet to host life as we know it? A lot, as it turns out.  Despite a paper last year claiming that there may be 300 million planets in our galaxy that are “potentially habitable,” new research published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society confounds […]

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The Earth is spinning faster than at any time in the past 50 years

[Daily Mail] Year 2021 is set to fly by, prompting scientists to call for the addition of a ‘negative leap second’  Atomic clocks accurately record how long every day is at millisecond level Since invention in 1970s the days have been slightly longer than 24 hours  But since mid-2020 the Earth’s spin has accelerated and is now, on average, […]

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Could a Tree Help Find a Decaying Corpse Nearby?

[Wired, Getty Images] On a “body farm,” researchers are exploring whether the nutrients from human cadavers can change the look of plants, which authorities might use to locate missing persons. SINCE 1980, THE University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center has plumbed the depths of the most macabre of sciences: the decomposition of human bodies. Known colloquially as the […]

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Breakthrough in Artificial Photosynthesis Lets Scientists Store The Sun’s Energy as Fuel

[Science Alert, iStock] Plants have a seemingly effortless skill – turning sunlight into energy – and scientists have been working to artificially emulate this photosynthesis process. The ultimate benefits for renewable energy could be huge – and a new approach based on ‘photosheets’ could be the most promising attempt we’ve seen so far. New Artificial Photosynthesis Breakthrough Uses Gold […]

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