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Kepler Telescope Introduces Earth To A Very Distant Cousin

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has spotted the first roughly Earth-sized world orbiting in the "Goldilocks zone" of another star – offering perhaps the best bet so far for life elsewhere in the universe.<p>A year on Kepler-452b, which is about 1,400 light years from us in the constellation …

Universe

Dark matter may have killed the dinosaurs, claims scientist

Earth passing through areas of dark matter might have triggered the comet strike which killed the dinosaurs<p>Dark matter may have been responsible for the comet strike which killed the dinosaurs, a scientist has suggested.<p>Earth, as well as spinning around the Sun, is also moving around our own …

Dark Matter

Were dinosaurs tripping on hallucinogens?

Scientists discover fungus from which LSD is derived on ancient grass<p>Researchers have claimed that dinosaurs may have been tripping on hallucinogens.<p>They have discovered a perfectly preserved amber fossil that contains the oldest grass specimen ever found, on top of which was a 100 million-year-old …

Twin stars at nebula's heart doomed to end in supernova explosion

At the heart of a strangely shaped planetary nebula, astronomers have discovered a pair of doomed white dwarf stars that will inevitably merge and explode in a dramatic supernova.<p>The imperiled pair, described in the journal Nature, sheds light on how different stellar systems can meet the same …

Geologists solve tectonic plate mystery with half a tonne of explosives

A New Zealand experiment using explosive slurry poured into 50m-deep holes helps measure rock layers on the border of Pacific and Australian plates<p>Geologists may have finally explained how tectonic plates shift by blowing up hundreds of kilograms of dynamite in New Zealand.<p>Half a tonne of explosive …

Earth Science

11 inexplicably expensive everyday foods

As pine nut prices soar, sparking thefts across Italy, we round up at the most overpriced everyday foodstuffs in our weekly shop<p>A sinister crimewave has swept across northern Italy, baffling investigators and leaving a 100-year-old family business bereft. In scenes that could have come straight …

Italian Food

Hubble Revisits an Icon, the Pillars of Creation

Twenty years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped one of its most iconic images ever. The three towering columns of gas bathed in the light of hot, young stars came to be called the Pillars of Creation — and they showed up on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs to rugs. Now, to celebrate its …

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