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Narrowing the universe in the search for life

Humankind's exploration of space has for years pondered one central question: Is there another world somewhere in the universe where human beings could survive?

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Alien imposters: Planets with oxygen don't necessarily have life

In their search for life in solar systems near and far, researchers have often accepted the presence of oxygen in a planet's atmosphere as the surest sign that life may be present there. A new ...

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Hubble goes deep

This image from the Hubble Deep UV (HDUV) Legacy Survey encompasses 12,000 star-forming galaxies in a part of the constellation Fornax known as the GOODS-South field. With the addition of ultraviolet ...

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Image: Giant black hole powers cosmic fountain

Before electrical power became available, water fountains worked by relying on gravity to channel water from a higher elevation to a lower one. This water could then be redirected to shoot out ...

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A star is born

Astronomers witness rare birth of a baby binary. Andrew Masterson reports.

Sun 16 Dec 18 from Cosmos Magazine

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See a passing comet this Sunday

On Sunday, Dec. 16, the comet known as 46P/Wirtanen will make one of the 10 closest comet flybys of Earth in 70 years, and you may even be able to see it without a telescope.

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Hubble finds far-away planet vanishing at record speed

The speed and distance at which planets orbit their respective blazing stars can determine each planet's fate—whether the planet remains a longstanding part of its solar system or evaporates ...

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Actual image of a white dwarf feeding on material from a larger red giant 650 light years from Earth

The SPHERE planet-hunting instrument on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope captured this image of a white dwarf feeding on its companion star, a type of Red Giant called ...

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Alexa can control your home security system

It's now decidedly easier to control your home security system if you have an Echo speaker or another Alexa-powered gadget. Amazon has enabled a Security Panel Controller framework ...

Sun 16 Dec 18 from Engadget

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Focus: Black Hole as Extreme Particle Accelerator

Author(s): Meredith ForeLarge-scale simulations suggest a mechanism by which supermassive black holes could accelerate particles to ultrahigh energies.[Physics 11, 130] Published Fri Dec 14, ...

Fri 14 Dec 18 from APS Physics

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