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‘Earth’s Cousin’: Scientists Find Alien Planet That’s Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …


The motion of the medium matters for self-assembling particles, research shows

( —By attaching short sequences of single-stranded DNA to nanoscale building blocks, researchers can design structures that can effectively …

US plans for hypersonic robot spy plane revealed

<b>Lockheed Martin has begun work on a successor to the supersonic Blackbird SR-71 spy plane.</b><p>The unmanned SR-72 will use an engine that combines a turbine and a ramjet to reach its top speed of Mach 6 - about 3,600mph (5,800km/h).<p>Like its predecessor, the SR-72 will be designed for high-altitude …


New galaxy 'most distant' yet discovered<p><b>An international team of astronomers has detected the most distant galaxy yet.</b><p>The galaxy is about 30 billion light-years away and is …


Video: New Super-Waterproof Material Makes Water Drops Bounce Off

Nanocones make surfaces more hydrophobic than ever before.<p>Is that a rubber ball making its way down a two-by-four? No, it's actually a drop of water hitting a strip of experimental material that's so water-resistant, it makes drops bounce.<p>The video above comes from the work of a team of materials …



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APOD: M45: The Pleiades Star Cluster (2013 Sep 18) Credit & Copyright: Roberto Colombari Explanation: Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Even if you have, you probably have never seen it as dusty as this. Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city. With a long exposure from a dark location, though, the dust cloud surrounding the Pleiades star cluster becomes very evident. The above exposure took about 20 minutes and covers a sky area several times the size of the full moon. Also known as the Seven Sisters and M45, the Pleiades lies about 400 light years away toward the constellation of the Bull (Taurus). A common legend with a modern twist is that one of the brighter stars faded since the cluster was named, leaving only six stars visible to the unaided eye. The actual number of Pleiades stars visible, however, may be more or less than seven, depending on the darkness of the surrounding sky and the clarity of the observer's eyesight. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD