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'Life as we know it' unlikely on super-Earths

Stuart Gary<p>Related Stories<p>Kepler spots most Earth-like planet yet, Science Online, 19 Apr 2013<br>• Kepler dramatically boosts exoplanet count, Science …

Australia's climate extremes increasing as carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, report reveals

Australia is getting wetter despite drought across much of the country, a climate report has revealed.<p>The CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology's latest …

Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin says force a 'last resort', Barack Obama says nobody fooled by Russia's invasion reasons

President Vladimir Putin has delivered a robust defence of Russia's actions in Crimea, saying he would use force in Ukraine only as a last resort.<p>US …

The last place on Earth… without life

Weird and wonderful creatures can thrive in the most hostile parts on the planet, but there are a few places too harsh for even the hardiest, discovers Rachel Nuwer.<p>In the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, it looks as if nothing could ever survive. It is one of the driest places in the world, and …

Scientists in Japan to put Stars-2 satellite into orbit to trial space cleanup

It sounds like an idea for a niche movie aimed at sci-fi anoraks: a floating magnetic net that harnesses tonnes of wayward space junk and makes the overcrowded orbital lanes above Earth's atmosphere safe for future exploration.<p>Yet that is what scientists in Japan will have in mind when they put a …

Consultation on babies with three people's DNA

The Department of Health has launched a three-month consultation on the draft regulations for a radical procedure that aims to prevent mothers from passing on serious genetic diseases to their children, a controversial technique because it leads to babies with DNA from three people.<p>Mitochondrial …

Neanderthals cleared of driving mammoths over cliff in mass slaughter

Heaps of mammoth and woolly rhino bones found piled up at the foot of a cliff were thought to be the grim results of Neanderthals driving the beasts over the edge.<p>The piles of bones are a major feature at La Cotte de St Brelade on Jersey, one of the most spectacular Neanderthal sites in Europe. But …

Earthwatch: The earth moved (a little)

Just over a week ago teacups started to rattle across southwest Britain, when a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck the Bristol Channel. In the UK such a quake is newsworthy: magnitude four quakes occur roughly once every three or four years. Magnitude fives meanwhile, occur approximately every twenty …

Pollux: The brighter Twin star

Close together in the sky, Pollux and its brother star Castor are easy to compare. Pollux is brighter and golden in color, while Castor is fainter …

Black Hole Winds Provide Clues to Early Galaxies

Startlingly powerful black hole jets are erupting in a nearby galaxy.<p>Surprisingly powerful x-ray jets blast out from a large black hole in a nearby galaxy, astronomers report.<p>Located in the M83 spiral galaxy (at 15 million light-years away, close by astronomical standards), the black hole likely …

Strange Signal From Galactic Center Is Looking More and More Like Dark Matter

The more that scientists stare at it, the more a strange signal from the center of the Milky Way galaxy appears to be the result of dark matter …

Climate change threatens to bring eradicated viruses back from the dead

Scientists revive a frozen 30,000-year-old giant Siberian virus<p>All it took was a single sample of frozen Siberian soil for an international collaboration of researchers to discover, and revive, a new type of "giant virus" — a virus whose unusually large size means scientists can spot it through a …

California Mystery Disease Is Like Polio—But It's Not Polio

An unidentified disease has struck five California children, leaving them with paralyzed limbs. Doctors are investigating.<p>It's not polio—but news of five cases of a rare polio-like disease that has left five California children with one or more paralyzed limbs has riveted the public and stirred up …

The future of safe sex?

Once mocked as having the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom is being reinvented as the next big thing in protective sex. Emily Anthes takes an in-depth investigation to see what chance it has of catching on this time around.<p>In 1987, an American pharmaceutical executive called Mary Ann …

How Wolves Change Rivers - video

Wolves are crucial for maintaining a healthy ecosystem -- a fact that was conveniently forgotten when they were exterminated from almost all of the continental United States by ranchers, farmers, trappers and hunters.<p>Meanwhile, the populations of other animals exploded. The entire ecosystem of the …

Camera lowered into deep ocean trench finds unexpected creatures

Scientists have taken their first look into the previously unexplored New Hebrides deep-sea trench in the Pacific Ocean. At the bottom of the trench — a depth of more than 23,000 feet (7,000 meters) — they found a surprising group of creatures unlike those found in other deep trenches around the …

Ask Anything: Why Is The Milky Way A Spiral?

The galaxy getdown<p>The shape of our galaxy is nothing special. Among the other clusters of stars that can be easily observed from our corner of the universe, a few are blobby and egg-shaped, but more than two-thirds are so-called “disc galaxies,” or ones whose stars have settled into flat orbits, as …

Spiral galaxy spills blood and guts

The streaks emanating from this galaxy are hot young stars, encased in wispy streams of gas torn away from the galaxy as it moves through space.<p>This …

Freshwater lid on Antarctic Ocean traps deep heat - Futurity

Climate change has put a freshwater lid on the Antarctic Ocean, trapping warm water at its deepest points.

Virus Locked In Siberian Ice For 30,000 Years Is Revived In Lab

Scientists at a laboratory in France have thawed out and revived an ancient virus found in the Siberian permafrost, making it infectious again for the first time in 30,000 years.<p>The giant virus known as <i>Pithovirus sibericum</i> was discovered about 100 feet deep in coastal tundra. The pathogen infects …

Every red dwarf star has at least one planet, says new study

Red dwarfs make up at least three quarters of the stars in the universe. A new study suggests that virtually all red dwarfs have planets orbiting …

Window on Infinity: From Saturn to Mars to Deep Space to Home

An album of space images—including a poignant shot of a blacked-out North Korea—tell this month’s tale of our place in the cosmos.

Dark matter looks more and more likely after new gamma-ray analysis

<i>Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent division of SimonsFoundation.org whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences.</i><p>Not long after the …

Europa Mission Gets Boost From President's New NASA Budget

A dedicated mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa, one of the best bets for life beyond Earth in our solar system, has inched a little closer to …

Nikola Tesla's ashes spark row between Serbian scientists and Orthodox church

A furious dispute has erupted between Serbian scientists and the Orthodox church after it was announced that the remains of the inventor Nikola Tesla will be reburied in a church.<p>A pioneer in fields such as electricity, radio and x-rays, Tesla had 300 patents under his name by the time he died in …

Giant Virus Survives After Being Frozen in Siberia for 30,000 Years

A giant virus has survived after being frozen in Siberia for 30,000 years. Scientists found the giant virus and revived it in a French lab. The newly …

Obama eyes boost in space taxi spending, Jupiter moon mission | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s 2015 NASA budget plan includes funding for a robotic mission to an ocean-bearing moon of Jupiter and could help boost commercial ventures to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA officials said on Tuesday.<p>New Horizons …

The World's Longest Aircraft Is Half-Blimp, Half-Zeppelin

A discarded U.S. Army concept gets a new life in Britain.<p>Unveiled last Friday, the Airlander is the world's longest aircraft. Developed by Hybrid Air Vehicles, the 302-foot-long Airlander was once a candidate military craft called "Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle," until Pentagon budget …

Q&A: Genome Pioneer Craig Venter Plans Largest Human Genome Project to Aid Longevity

New institute would collect 40,000 genomes to try to crack the secrets of healthy aging.<p>Human genome pioneer J. Craig Venter announced plans Tuesday to sequence the gene maps of 40,000 volunteers in a bid to crack the secrets of healthy human aging.<p>During the 1990s, Venter, 68, gained fame (and …