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GJ 1132b: Venus-Like Exoplanet Might Have Oxygen Atmosphere, New Research Finds GJ 1132b, the closest rocky exoplanet found, has a thin and wispy atmosphere that may contain oxygen but is 232 degrees Celsius and 39 light years away, a study in The Astrophysical Journal found. “On cooler planets, oxygen could be a sign of alien life and habitability,” Dr. Schaefer said. “But on a hot planet like GJ 1132b, it’s a sign of the exact…

Mars: NASA’s Curiosity Rover Shows 360-Degree Images of Planet Looking Like Earth The rover took more than 130 individual pictures Aug. 5, four years after it landed on Gale Crater, to compose the panorama. It shows the planet’s surface looking similar to the southwest U.S. According to NASA: The relatively flat foreground is part of a geological layer called the Murray formation, which formed from lakebed mud deposits. The buttes and mesas rising above this…

The oldest living organism in Europe is a Bosnian pine located in northern Greece. As reported by CNN, an international team of researchers were able to date the tree using dendrochronology, the scientific analysis of tree rings. The pine is at least 1,075 years old. “It is quite remarkable that this large, complex and impressive organism has survived so long in such an inhospitable environment, in a land that has been civilized for over 3,000 years,” Swedish…

ISS feed cut UFO hunters have raised the alarm after the International Space Station live feed cut out just as a large mysterious object appeared to enter Earth’s atmosphere. According to the Daily Mail, the incident occurred on July 9 and was first reported by prolific UFO hunter Streetcap1 in a video uploaded the same day. The enthusiast did not directly imply that the object was an alien spacecraft saying: “This could well be a…

LONDON – The health care sector has become the hot target for hackers in recent months, according to researchers at Symantec, a leading cybersecurity company that says it’s also seeing big increases in “spear-phishing,” “ransomware” and efforts to exploit newly discovered vulnerabilities in software used by a wide range of industries. After a wave of high-profile attacks on banks and retailers over the last two years, almost 80 percent of the calls to Symantec’s global…

There’s somthing hiding beheath Matata, a small coastal town 125 miles from Auckland, on New Zealand’s North Island. According to reports Monday, scientists recently discovered a massive magma build-up, possibly signaling the beginnings of a new volcano. But oddly, this Zombie volcano beneath New Zealand is nowhere near an active volcano. According to geophysicist Ian Hamling, since 1950 an incredible influx of magma – enough to fill 80,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools – has accumulated beneath the…

The US will  approve the first commercial space mission beyond the Earth’s orbit, paving the way for a space startup co-founded by an Indian-origin entrepreneur to go ahead with its proposed Moon mission, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The US approved moon mission would make way for Moon Express, a relatively obscure space startup co-founded by Naveen Jain, to land a roughly nine-kg package of scientific hardware on the Moon sometime next year, said the…

Samsung has announced the release of the Gear IconX, the first truly wireless earbuds from a major manufacturer. Although we’ve already seen offerings from smaller companies like PUGZ and not-quite-wireless offerings from Motorola, the Gear IconX connects to the phone wirelessly and have no wires connecting the two earbuds – they are truly independent of each other. Samsung’s new Gear IconX buds are largely cut from the same cloth: Bluetooth-connecting in-ears with no cords, and controls…

baby dragons are hatching Dragon Eggs are hatching at a cave in Slovenia. A rare bread of salamander which is blind, is known as the olm or proteus, only reproduces every 5 to 10 years, and is thought to live to 100, according to the BBC. Olms, which are called “baby dragons” by locals, typically grow to between 8 and 12 inches. “We got our first Baby dragon!” the Postojna Cave posted on Facebook Wednesday. The BBC reports that…

It may be a while before scientists are able to figure out exactly what caused the loud boom, bright flash, and lingering debris trail in the Arizona skies early Thursday morning. As reported by AZ Central, it may have been a meteor, or it may have been space junk fallen to Earth, said Josh Bangle with the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Whatever it was, it brought on a spectacular light show, leaving behind a colorful…

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