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Ten most toxic places in the world revealed

Where are the most toxic places on the planet? A survey based on an assessment of danger and the risk to the greatest numbers of people has been put together, revealing mining areas, chemical waste risks, and of course Chernobyl.

Essential Science: Most-distant solar system object ever observed

An astronomical story to close out the year. The most-distant solar system object ever observed has been detected by astronomers. The outer solar system objects is described as a 'far out there' dwarf planet.

'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star

Paris - A "super-Earth" has been discovered orbiting the closest single star to our Sun, scientists said Wednesday in a breakthrough that could shine a light on Earth's nearest planetary neighbours.

NASA to study earth ice loss with lasers

NASA is planning to assess the impact of global warming on the polar caps by assessing the rate of ice loss from space. The process for doing so will be through laser scanning.

New research: Pluto should be reclassified as a planet

A new review by astronomers calls for Pluto to be re-classified as a planet, stating that the reasons given for downgrading the celestial body were invalid. If successful, Pluto would be reinstated as the ninth planet in the solar system.

Essential Science: Methane ice dunes found on Pluto

Houston - Methane ice dunes have been detected on the surface of Pluto, by NASA spacecraft. The structures offer a new insight into the dwarf planet and with the differences in planetary structures within our solar system.

Monster planet found orbiting dwarf star: 'surprised' astronomers

Paris - A "monster" planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a faint dwarf star far, far away, surprised astronomers said Tuesday.

Global population to hit 8 billion by 2023

The global population will cross-over the 8 billion mark during 2023. In addition, new data indicates the number of over 60s will top 1 billion. Figures also show there are considerably more men than women currently living.

Essential Science: What would landing on Pluto be like?

This week’s Essential Science takes a step into speculative science (fiction) and discusses some new research that wonders what landing on the surface of the dwarf planet Pluto would be like.

Answer as to why earthquakes occur in clusters

Why do earthquakes sometimes occur in clusters? This question has baffled geologists for years, but now there is an answer following a new computer model.

Review: EarthView version 5 produces stunning planet images

EarthView is a desktop wallpaper and screen saver application, which displays beautiful views of the Earth with daylight and night shadows. A new version has recently been launched.

Could Mars once have supported life?

Houston - NASA’s Curiosity rover has collected data from Mars that scientists are interpreting as indicating that the red planet once had an oxygen-rich atmosphere.

New research shines light on brown dwarfs

Paris - Brown dwarf stars are rare and remain a mystery to astrophysists. The stars are "brown" when viewed through a telescope because they cannot burn enough nuclear fuel to shine as brightly as other stars. A new study sheds a little more light.

New planet discovered at the edge of the solar system

Scientists are virtually sure they have found a new planet at the outer edge of our solar system. Sometimes called Planet X or Planet Nine, it is believed to be lurking in the little-known Kuiper belt far beyond Pluto.

Astronomers discover Venus-like planet 39 light-years away

A newly discovered planet, said to be a 'Venus twin', has caught the interest of astronomers. The planet has been coded GJ 1132b by the International Astronomical Union.

NASA says it has proof of flowing water on Mars

Washington - Water appears to be flowing, at least intermittently, on the surface of Mars, NASA said Monday, a finding that could impact human understanding of the solar system.

Could there be life on the amazing and mysterious Pluto?

The data coming in from the New Horizons spacecraft's mission to Pluto proves that the Universe is, if nothing else, full of surprises.

Universe on edge of collapse, at least on cosmological time scale

Astronomers believe the universe is on the edge of "imminent" detruction, at least when viewed on a cosmological time scale.

Binary system planet first to be discovered using microlensing

Scientists with NASA have announced the rare discovery of a planet orbiting two red dwarf stars some 3,300 light-years away from earth.

Nearby planet has atmosphere very similar to Earth

A new planet may be our best evidence yet that habitable worlds exist near Earth. New findings show that a "super-Earth" may be our ticket to the colonization of this galaxy.

Longest planetary orbit discovered

Nearly 156 light-years from Earth, the planet GU Psc b has the longest ever planetary orbit recorded. It takes over 160,000 years to orbit its sun and it has been detected by Canadian astrophysicists.

Ice, liquid found on Jupiter's moon Ganymede, may harbor life

Think Mars is the ultimate life-harboring planet in our solar system? Think again. Recent findings from NASA indicate there may be life on not one, but two of Jupiter’s moons.

Possibly habitable planet spotted 500 light-years away

Mountain View - An earth-size planet orbiting in its sun's habitable zone has been spotted for the first time, U.S. space scientists announced Thursday.

TopFinds: Caught in the polar vortex, waiting to live on Mars

North America endures the chilly temperatures of the polar vortex. How to make crude oil out of algae in less than an hour. How many people want to live on Mars? Welcome to TopFinds.

Astronomer adds support for planet 'Gallifrey'

Vanessa Bailey, the astronomer who discovered the planet "HD 1069906B," has lent her support to the planet being named Gallifrey as part of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations.

Petition to name new planet 'Gallifrey'

A petition, promoted by fans of the television show Doctor Who, to name a recently discovered planet Gallifrey has received more than 60,000 supporters.

New exoplanet disproves theories on star and planet formation

Once again revealing to the human race just how much we don't know, the newly discovered exoplanet HD 106906b has been found to defy long-held beliefs on how planets and stars are formed.

New Earth-like planet Kepler-78b discovered

A planet named Kepler-78b, similar in size and composition to Earth, has been discovered by astronomers outside of our solar-system.

Study confirms global risks of herbicide overuse

A new study provides evidence that herbicides alter ecosystems around the world and that as the use of herbicides rises, the risks to the planet's ecosystems similarly increase.

NASA finds a defying pink planet

London - Astronomers have observed a magenta planet the size of Jupiter about 57 light years from Earth. It’s the smallest planet ever detected outside the Solar System using direct imaging techniques.
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The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
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Artist impression of planet that astronomers believe to have discovered orbiting HIP13044
Artist impression of planet that astronomers believe to have discovered orbiting HIP13044
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NASA s Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet  named upsilon An...
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, is not under the glare of its host star as might be expected.
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V838 Mon  a star with an expanding gas shell  purported as photographic evidence of Nibiru
V838 Mon, a star with an expanding gas shell, purported as photographic evidence of Nibiru
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NASA artist s rendering of newly discovered planet Kepler-20e
NASA artist's rendering of newly discovered planet Kepler-20e
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Nomad object wandering the interstellar medium. The object is intentionally blurry to represent unce...
Nomad object wandering the interstellar medium. The object is intentionally blurry to represent uncertainty about whether it has an atmosphere.
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This map-projected view of Ceres was created from images taken by NASA s Dawn spacecraft during its ...
This map-projected view of Ceres was created from images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft during its initial approach to the dwarf planet, prior to being captured into orbit in March 2015. The map is an enhanced color view that offers an expanded range of the colors visible to human eyes. Scientists use this technique in order to highlight subtle color differences across Ceres. This can provide valuable insights into the physical properties and composition of materials on the surface
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This artist s conception illustrates Kepler-22b  a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitab...
This artist's conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star's habitable zone -- the region around a star where liquid water, a requirement for life on Earth, could persist. The planet is 2.4 times the size of Earth, making it the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star like our sun. (NASA)
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FOURTH PLANET: NASA released this hi-resolution image of a fairly recent crater in the Sirenum Fossa...
FOURTH PLANET: NASA released this hi-resolution image of a fairly recent crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars.
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OUT OF THIS WORLD: A NASA artist s conception of what Kepler-186f  the first Earth-size planet spott...
OUT OF THIS WORLD: A NASA artist's conception of what Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size planet spotted orbiting in another star's habitable zone, looks like is shown in a picture released Thursday by the space agency.
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Gas giant planet HD 209458b orbiting HD 209458  which is very similar to our Sun.
Gas giant planet HD 209458b orbiting HD 209458, which is very similar to our Sun.
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Free wallpaper illustrating two moons
Free wallpaper illustrating two moons
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The faint disk of Mercury on the disk of the Sun. This was the may 7  003 transit of Mercury.
The faint disk of Mercury on the disk of the Sun. This was the may 7, 003 transit of Mercury.
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This diagram compares our own solar system to Kepler-22  a star system containing the first  habitab...
This diagram compares our own solar system to Kepler-22, a star system containing the first "habitable zone" planet discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The habitable zone is the sweet spot around a star where temperatures are right for water to exist in its liquid form. Liquid water is essential for life on Earth. (NASA)
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