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Quest for extraterrestrial life not over, experts say

The discovery of an Earth-sized planet in the "habitable" zone of a distant star, though exciting, is still a long way from pointing to the existence of extraterrestrial life, experts said Friday.

Fri 18 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Astronomers discover first self-lensing binary star system

(Phys.org) —A pair of astronomers at the University of Washington has discovered the first known instance of a self-lensing binary-star system. In their paper published in the journal Science, ...

Fri 18 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Vitamin B3 might have been made in space, delivered to Earth by meteorites

Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis by NASA-funded researchers. The result supports a theory ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Hubble image: A cross-section of the universe

An image of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope gives a remarkable cross-section of the Universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Ceres and Vesta Converge in Virgo

Don't let them pass you by. Right now and continuing through July, the biggest and brightest asteroids will be running on nearly parallel tracks in the constellation Virgo and so close together ...

Fri 18 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Exoplanets soon to gleam in the eye of NESSI

(Phys.org) —The New Mexico Exoplanet Spectroscopic Survey Instrument (NESSI) will soon get its first "taste" of exoplanets, helping astronomers decipher their chemical composition. Exoplanets ...

Fri 18 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Shakespeare: The godfather of modern medicine

Epilepsy, psychiatric breakdown, sleep disorders – for all the crudity of 16th-century healthcare, Shakespeare's observations still inspire doctors today (full text available to subscribers)

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures the birth of a new Saturnian moon

Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft taken Apr. 15 hint at the formation of a new Saturnian moon. The icy object, believed to be only half a mile in diameter, recently formed in Saturn's outer ...

Fri 18 Apr 14 from Gizmag

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Bright points in Sun's atmosphere mark patterns deep in its interior

Like a balloon bobbing along in the air while tied to a child's hand, a tracer has been found in the sun's atmosphere to help track the flow of material coursing underneath the sun's surface.

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Swirling red nebula is part of angry chicken in the sky

A crucible of bright stars illuminates a nebula in glowing red hydrogen that would normally be too faint for the human eye to see

Wed 16 Apr 14 from Newscientist

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