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An Exceptional Planetary System Discovered in Cassiopeia by Astronomers of UNIGE

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Astronomers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and members of the NCCR PlanetS have teased out a secret planetary system hiding in the arms of Cassiopea, just 21 light years away from us. The remarkable system, named HD219134, hosts one outer giant planet and three inner super-Earths, one of which transits in front of the star. The transiting super-Earth has a density similar to the Earth’s.

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Telescopes Team Up to Find Distant Uranus-Sized Planet Through Microlensing

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have confirmed the existence of a Uranus-sized exoplanet orbiting far from its central star, discovered through a technique called gravitational microlensing. These results appear in two papers in The Astrophysical Journal.

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New Study Reveals Stars in Milky Way Have Moved

New Mexico State University researchers are part of a team of scientists with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) that created a new map of the Milky Way that shows nearly a third of the stars have dramatically changed their obits.

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Designing Integrated Circuits for Venus Rover

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NASA has awarded grants to a University of Arkansas-affiliated technology firm to design complex integrated circuits that can operate on the surface of Venus, where the temperature can reach 500 degrees Celsius.

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Missouri S&T researcher bakes asteroids to find water

A Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher is cooking up something new in the lab – baking meteorites to learn how to produce water and other easily evaporated compounds from asteroids.

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WVU Expert Provides Commentary on $100 Million Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Green Bank Telescope

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A West Virginia University expert says humanity’s first attempt to detect signs of alien life started 55 years ago in the University’s backyard and is one of the only places in the world that an unprecedented reinvigoration of the search can continue.

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Green Bank Telescope Joins ‘Breakthrough Listen’ to Vastly Accelerate Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe

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The National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) will join in the most powerful, comprehensive, and intensive scientific search ever for signs of intelligent life in the Universe.

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Explore Pluto and NASA’s Historic New Horizons Mission at Plutopalooza at Johns Hopkins APL

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This special, free interactive presentation will give participants a chance to learn about NASA’s New Horizons mission — the first to fly by Pluto and into the Kuiper Belt.

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Despite New Information, Pluto Will Remain a Dwarf Planet, UB Cosmologist Says

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Ag’s Next Frontier? Growing Plants in Space

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Space may not be the final frontier for Anna-Lisa Paul and Robert Ferl; they want to grow plants there. Because, who knows, we may one day try to live on Mars, and to survive, we’ll have to grow our own food. Thus far, experiments by the two pioneering scientists have proven so successful that, earlier this month, NASA recognized their research with one of its three awards in the category of the Most Compelling Results.