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A new 'super Earth' that is four times bigger than our own planet has been spotted orbiting a star just 36.5 light-years away. The exoplanet Ross 508b was discovered in the habitable zone of a faint red dwarf. Pictured is an artist's impression of a super Earth orbiting a red dwarf

‘Super Earth’ exoplanet four times bigger than our planet is discovered

Meet Ross 508b: Scientists discover a ‘SUPER EARTH’ exoplanet four times bigger than our own planet orbiting a star 36.5 light-years away New ‘super Earth’ that is four times bigger than our own planet has been spotted The exoplanet, named Ross 508b, is orbiting a star that is 36.5 light-years away Previous research suggests the …

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Putting the theory of special relativity into practice, by counting galaxies

Putting the theory of special relativity into practice, by counting galaxies

This image made from a composite of September 2003–January 2004 photos captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows nearly 10,000 galaxies in the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos, cutting across billions of light-years. Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), HUDF Team Scientists who study the cosmos have a favorite philosophy known as the …

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What's it like to be on Venus or Pluto? We studied their sand dunes and found some clues.

What’s it like to be on Venus or Pluto? We studied their sand dunes and found some clues.

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Andrew Gunn (opens in new tab), Lecturer, Monash University What is it like to be on the surface of Mars or Venus? Or even further afield, such as on Pluto, or Saturn’s moon Titan? …

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Brain-Signal Proteins Evolved Before Animals Did | Quanta Magazine

Brain-Signal Proteins Evolved Before Animals Did | Quanta Magazine

Our human brains can seem like a crowning achievement of evolution, but the roots of that achievement run deep: The modern brain arose from hundreds of millions of years of incremental advances in complexity. Evolutionary biologists have traced that progress back through the branch of the animal family tree that includes all creatures with central …

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Scientists Have Figured Out Why Childbirth Became So Complex and Dangerous

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 300,000 people die every year due to pregnancy-related causes. A study finds that complex human childbirth and cognitive abilities are a result of walking upright. Childbirth in humans is much more complex and painful than in great apes. It was long believed that this was a result of …

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Pictured is an artist's impression of CAPSTONE in orbit around the moon with the Earth in the background. The spacecraft is set to launch this month, sometime between June 13 and 22

NASA’s Capstone lunar mission will launch later this month

NASA is set to launch its ‘CAPSTONE’ spacecraft mission later this month to orbit around the moon, in preparation for a new lunar space station.  The craft, which is around the size of a microwave oven and weighs just 55 pounds, will blast off from the Māhia Peninsula, New Zealand some time between June 13-22.  …

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NASA Gruithuisen Domes Moon

NASA Priority Artemis Science on Moon To Investigate Mysterious Gruithuisen Domes

NASA is planning to send a lander and rover to the beautiful Gruithuisen Domes, as seen in this controlled mosaic, and LROC images will help guide the way. The domes are located at 36.3° N, 319.8° E. Image 55 km (34 miles) wide, north is up. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University NASA has major plans for …

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