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Habitable planets may be easier to find than previously believed

An international team of astronomers, led by the University of Göttingen's Guillem Anglada-Escudé, claims to have identified a certain type of star that may be circled by significantly more habitable planets than researchers generally expect to find. Such stars are smaller than our Sun, requiring …

Sculptor galaxy black hole is sleeping, NASA says

It’s about five million times the mass of our sun, at the center of a galaxy 13 million light-years away. Scientists want to be watching when it …

The Energy Fix: Engineering Triumphs Over Wave And Tidal Forces

How water could be harnessed for roughly a third of U.S. annual electricity usage<p>The Bottom Feeder<p>Water is 800 times denser than air, and building a gen­erator able to withstand the tremendous force it generates has hampered the development of next-gen hydropower. If engineers can harness its …

Purple sea urchins have a weapon against ocean acidification

As the carbon content of the ocean continues to increase, purple sea urchins may be able to adapt rapidly to survive.<p>In the race against climate …

Scientist Figures Out How Those Big-Ass 'Sailing Stones' Move Themselves Across Death Valley

"Racetrack Playa" sounds like the screenname of an online teenager you're competing against in <i>Need for Speed</i>, but scientists recognize it as the name …