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An international team of researchers announced the discovery of 104 new planets outside our solar system, including four that could have Earth-like, rocky surfaces.Scientists discovered the exoplanets using the Kepler space telescope as well as ground observations by Earth-based telescopes, including four on the summit of Mauna Kea in...
Scientists have discovered that a certain type of mineral has the right properties to extract energy from multiple sources at the same time - turning solar, heat, and kinetic energy into electricity. The mineral is a type of perovskite - a family of minerals with a specific crystal structure -...
NASA has picked up intense gamma ray signals coming from a set of ancient galaxies. The gamma rays are being blasted out by objects known as blazars, which surround some of the biggest and most powerful black holes we've ever encountered. The discovery could change our understanding of how black holes...
Skydiving is pretty terrifying on its own, even when you take into account necessary safety precautions. But what if you were to jump from an airplane without a parachute? If Luke Aikins’ stunt is any indication, you’d have to be highly skilled and train for two years before even attempting...
The CDC estimates that in 2010 alone, 2.5 million emergency room visits or deaths were associated with traumatic brain injury in the United States. This type of injury can cause severe damage to a patient’s vision, and even lead to blindness. Now though, researchers have discovered that sight can be...
Once a year, NASA's astronauts make a big change -- trading their vocation of conducting scientific experiments in space for one of underwater research. For the next two and a half weeks, an international team of 'Aquanauts' will be living on the ocean floor at NASA's Aquarius habitat off...
“UNRELENTING PAIN” In order to treat a disease described as the “worst disease you’ve never heard of,” researchers at Stanford University are turning to gene therapy. The disease is called epidermolysis bullosa and is categorized by blistering of the skin that can be caused by a variety of simple irritations that...
Remains of microorganisms at least 3,770 million years old have been discovered by an international team led by UCL scientists, providing direct evidence of one of the oldest life forms on Earth.Tiny filaments and tubes formed by bacteria that lived on iron were found encased in quartz layers in...
Winter in the Northern Hemisphere officially kicks off Wednesday (Dec. 21), which marks the December solstice — the day with the fewest hours of daylight of 2016. Although the solstice gets an entire day of recognition, it happens in an instant: at 5:44 a.m. EST (1044 GMT), when the North...
Scientists have created an artificial form of photosynthesis that could reduce levels of carbon dioxide in the air, and provide solar fuel at the same time – two potential benefits to help stabilise our changing climate. The chemical reaction is triggered by blue light mimicking the blue wavelength of sunlight, and...

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