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Super-Earth Discovered in Star's Habitable Zone

Super-Earth Discovered in Star’s Habitable Zone

The family of planets circling a relatively close dwarf star has grown to six, including a potential rocky world at least seven times more massive than Earth that is properly located for liquid water to exist on its surface, a condition believed to be necessary for life. Scientists added three ne

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Elephant Speaks Korean

Elephant Speaks Korean

An Asian elephant male named Koshik can imitate human speech, speaking words in Korean that others who know the language can understand. The elephant's vocabulary at present consists of five words: annyong (hello), anja (sit down), aniya (no), nuo (lie down), and choah (good). "Some of the wor

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First stars' light seen through extragalactic fog

First stars’ light seen through extragalactic fog

Light from the very first stars in the universe has been measured – and there is less of it than previously thought. The discovery should help us better understand how the hot haze of hydrogen that existed shortly after the big bang transformed into the complex web of stars and galaxies we s

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Earth-Sized World Found Next Door

Earth-Sized World Found Next Door

Scientists have found an Earth-sized planet circling a neighbor star just 4 light-years away. No need to brush up on extraterrestrial etiquette quite yet, however. The planet, which flies around its parent star 10 times closer than Mercury orbits the sun, probably is inhospitable for life since i

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Singing Mice Learn New Tunes

Singing Mice Learn New Tunes

Not only can male mice sing, they can learn to change the notes they produce in their songs. That's the finding of a new study by Duke University neurobiologist Erich Jarvis and his colleagues Gustavo Arriaga and Eric Zhou. The fact that mice sing was documented in a 2005 study by assistantÂ

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Moon Water Made by the Sun!

Moon Water Made by the Sun!

Long thought to be bone dry, the moon has recently been confirmed as relatively water rich. But a big question remains: Where did the wet—or more accurately, icy—stuff come from? A new study might have the answer: The moon's water may have, in a sense, sailed in on the solar wind.

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Planet Has Four Suns

Planet Has Four Suns

Step aside Tatooine. A newfound planet known as PH1 has double the suns of Star Wars' famous two-sun world, amateur astronomers have discovered. Previously, six other planets had been found circling double stars, but "this is the first planet discovered in a four-star system," Yale planetar

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World's most northerly lake comes back to life

World’s most northerly lake comes back to life

Kaffeklubben Sø, the world's most northerly lake, was entombed beneath a near-permanent layer of ice some 2400 years ago. Now it is beginning to thaw – and some of the organisms that disappeared from its waters are beginning to return. The finding is the latest evidence that warmer temper

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Nasa detects longest and highest-energy light from a solar flare

Nasa detects longest and highest-energy light from a solar flare

The longest and highest-energy light ever emitted from a solar blast was detected earlier this year, it has emerged. Nasa's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope recorded the powerful eruption on the surface of the sun on March 7. The flare produced such an outpouring of gamma rays - a form of light

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Colored Honey Made by Candy

Colored Honey Made by Candy

Beekeepers in northeastern France found themselves in a sticky situation after bees from their hives began producing honey in shades of blue and green (pictured). The colored honey could not be sold because it did not meet France's standards of honey production: It was not obtained from the necta

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