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NASA’s Kepler suggests 17 billion Earth-sized planets in Milky Way

The Milky Way contains at least 17 billion planets the size of Earth, and likely many more, according to a study that raises the chances of discovering a sister planet to ours. Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler spacecraft found that about 17 percent of stars in our galaxy have a planet…

Lack of cancer prevention could stall decline in U.S. mortality rates

Fewer people are dying from cancer in the United States, but a government report published Monday warned that a lack of preventative measures could stem a steady decline in mortality rates. Mortality rates have been falling since the early 1990s. The study found that from 2000 to 2009, cancer death…

Iraq unearths 1,400-year-old gold coins

Iraqi archaeologists have found 66 gold coins that are at least 1,400 years old, officials said on Monday, adding that they hope to put them on display in Baghdad’s National Museum. The artefacts, which date back to the Sassanid era that extended from 225 BC to 640 AD, will be…

Apophis – a ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid – flies by Earth on Wednesday

Asteroid Apophis arrives this week for a close pass of Earth. This isn’t the end of the world but a new beginning for research into potentially hazardous asteroids Apophis hit the headlines in December 2004. Six months after its discovery, astronomers had accrued enough images to calculate a reasonable orbit…

Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths: scientists

TOKYO — Scientists and broadcasters said Monday they have captured footage of an elusive giant squid roaming the depths of the Pacific Ocean, showing it in its natural habitat for the first time ever. Japan’s National Science Museum succeeded in filming the deep-sea creature at a depth of more than…

Astronomers launch advanced planet search to look for signs of life

Robotic telescopes in Chile’s Atacama desert will conduct Next Generation Transit Survey to analyse atmospheres for clues The art of hunting planets has come so far that astronomers can now list hundreds of alien worlds that orbit stars so faint they are not even visible as pinpricks in the clear…

Scientists break absolute zero barrier

Students are usually told in science class that absolute zero — zero kelvin, or about -460 degrees Fahrenheit — is the lowest temperature threshold. But scientists have created a temperature beyond absolute zero, reported LiveScience. The implications of the new research suggest that engines could theoretically be more than 100…

Growing food on lakes a new solution to water scarcity

Costa Rican academics are pioneering the growth of crops on freshwater lakes as a way of addressing food shortages Hunger and nutrition will feature prominently at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June, in keeping with the renewed interest in agriculture, especially in Africa, where investors are eyeing the…

Two asteroids and two comets to buzz Earth

Astronomers are gearing up for thrills this year when Earth gets buzzed by two rogue asteroids and two comets, including a wanderer last seen by the forerunners of mankind. The guardians who scour the heavens for dangerous space rocks are currently closely tracking an asteroid called 99942 Apophis. Named after…

Robots find Barrier Reef coral at extreme depths, amazing ocean scientists

Living coral found at 125 metres, four times deeper than scuba limit Robots have found living coral on the Great Barrier Reef at a depth four times greater than most scuba divers can reach and far beyond the depth at which scientists expected to find them. A team from the…

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