How Long Until We Find a Second Earth?

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“We’ll find an Earth-mass planet by 2010 and an Earth-mass planet that’s potentially habitable by 2012,” says University of California astronomer Greg Laughlin, whose team is race a French group to find the heavenly jackpot: an Earth-like planet that is home to alien life.

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The Man Who Stuck His Head Inside a Particle Accelerator

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Bugorski, a 36-year-old researcher at the Institute for High Energy Physics in Protvino, was checking a piece of accelerator equipment that had malfunctioned – as had, apparently, the several safety mechanisms.

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Great Pics: Living On & Around Active Volcanoes

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Fascinating photo essay portraying life literally on & atop active volcanoes. Among Indonesian villages. Beautiful, powerful shots — of volcanoes as well as village life & impact volcanoes have on people who live there. [If interested, accompanying article provides good context.]

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‘Nail-biting’ 7 minute descent to Mars – BBC NEWS

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Scientists are preparing for “seven minutes of terror” as a Nasa spacecraft makes a nail-biting descent to the surface of Mars.

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How to Escape From a Black Hole

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According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, black holes are regions of space where gravity is so strong that not even light can escape. In the 70’s Stephen Hawking asserted that any information sucked inside a black hole would be permanently lost. But now, researchers have shown that information can be recovered from black holes

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NASA Team Pinpoints Human Causes of Global Warming

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A team of scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Science, as well as scientists from 10 other institutions have linked physical & biological impacts since 1970 with rises in temperatures during that period. Including changes to physical systems, such as glaciers shrinking, permafrost melting, and lakes & rivers warming.

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Billions of electronic-eating ‘crazy ants’ invade Texas

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It sounds like the plot of a farfetched science fiction movie. Unfortunately for the residents of Texas, it is very much a reality: billions of tiny reddish-brown ants have arrived onshore from a cargo ship and are hell-bent on eating anything electronic.

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