science
We've Got 1.75bn Years Left on Earth, Unless We Bollocks it up First

Scientists examining the collapse of other possibly life-supporting planets similar to Earth suggest we've got around 1.75bn years left to lounge about on this particular rock, before changes in the Sun make it impossible to live. Assuming we don't nuke/melt/burn/poison ourselves out of existence first, that is. Read More >>

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Where the Hell Is the True North Pole?

The North Pole is just at the top of the Earth, right? Well, not really: there isn't really a 'top' of a sphere and, anyway, depending on how you measure things the pole can be in one of many different spots. So which one's right? Read More >>

space
Watch a Massive Black Hole Snack on a Planet

Over 47 million light years away, in a galaxy called NGC 4845, there's one hungry black hole. In fact, scientists have watched in awe as, soon after it stirred from dormancy, it chomped away at a planet 30 times the mass of Jupiter. Read More >>

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A Map That Shows How Salty the Seas Are

Some briny deeps are brinier than others. The Atlantic Ocean has two huge "deserts" of extra-salty water, the result of little rainfall and lots of evaporation. Read More >>

astronomy
Pluto Gives Astronomers the Finger as They Announce Tiniest Planet Ever Discovered

If I were Pluto, I would be really pissed off with the astronomers that just announced the tiniest planet ever discovered. It's a new planetary system called Kepler-37, which is centred around a star similar to our sun about 210 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Lyra. Read More >>

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Why There's More to Rising Sea Levels Than Melting Ice

Most simple explanations of climate change suggest that rising sea levels are a result of melting ice in the polar regions. While that's true to an extent, there's a simple piece of physics behind the rising waters that you might not have been made aware of. This video helps explain why it's thermal expansion that's the real problem—now we just need to work out how to stop it. [YouTube] Read More >>

space
This Is What Our Galaxy Really Looks Like, Absolutely Crammed With Planets

What you’re looking at here is an illustration showing just how many planets there really are in our humble little bit of the universe, the Milky Way. While we think our 3rd rock from the Sun is unique, actually there are billions of planets, with a minimum of 1,500 of the things within just 50 light-years of Earth alone – one of them must be ET’s home. Read More >>

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Earthshine: How Studying Earth Helps in the Search for Life on Other Worlds

Scientists looking at Earthshine reflected from the moon have concluded that, indeed, there is life on our planet. Though the result may be obvious, the findings can help in the search for life on other worlds.v Read More >>

astronomy
Astronomers Discover a Planet Made Of Water

Zachory Berta says that "GJ1214b is like no planet we know of." Like Berta, part of a team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics lead by David Charbonneau, his colleagues were surprised when they discovered that this planet is made mostly of water. Read More >>

astronomy
There Are Actually Millions of Tatooines In Our Galaxy

Astronomers have found two more new planets orbiting binary stars: Kepler-34b and Kepler-35b. Their discovery, which follows the original Tatooine discovery back in September 2011, is quite important: now we know there are millions of planets orbiting binary stars. Read More >>

space
First Earth-Like Planet Found and Confirmed By NASA

The possibility of alien life has captivated our imaginations for generations. Now that possibility just got a big boost as Kepler's managed to find and confirm a potentially Earth-like planet. It's just 600 light years away and occupies that magic 'habitable zone' around its star, like the Earth does around the sun. Read More >>

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