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A team of astronomers found 3 Earth-sized planets orbiting a star just 40 light years away

That search took a cool turn this week … literally. A team of astronomers announced they have found not one but <i>three</i> Earth-size planets orbiting a red dwarf, a tiny and cool star just 40 light-years away!<p>This is very interesting for many reasons: This is the lowest mass full-fledged star ever seen …

Could these newly-discovered planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf host life?

Three Earth-sized planets are thought to have surface temperatures which would allow liquid water, making them potentially hospitable to life<p>Three distant worlds that orbit a feeble star in the constellation of Aquarius are the most likely places discovered so far to find life beyond the solar …

Astronomy

These 13 Google Chrome hacks will change the way you use the internet

Since it debuted in 2008, Google Chrome has quickly risen to be the most popular web browser in the world, beating out Firefox and Internet Explorer.<p>But that doesn't mean you can't make it better.<p>There are many extensions and programs that innovative developers have built to make using Chrome more …

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This Week's Night Sky: Pluto Presents an Observing Challenge

Days before the New Horizon spacecraft visits, the dwarf planet puts on a show for sky-watchers.<p>Skies appear busy this week with the moon pointing to Uranus and the Bull’s eye and Pluto hitting prime time in both sky and space exploration.<p><b>Pluto opposition.</b> Pluto puts on its best show in Earth’s …

Looking for water? Try Jupiter's largest moon.

In the search for extraterrestrial life within our solar system, Mars has tended to dominate the conversation. But there may be more promising destinations a little further afield. For decades, scientists have suspected that several of the moons of Jupiter have one major advantage: Liquid water, …