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First Earth-sized planet found in ‘habitable zone’ — NASA

This artist's concept released April 17, 2014 by NASA/JPL-CALTECH depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone. The hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward -- an international team of researchers has confirmed the existence of the first Earth-sized planet within the "habitable" zone of a star. The exoplanet dubbed Kepler-186f was first spotted by scientists using NASA's Kepler telescope, according to research published Thursday in the US journal Science.  AFP PHOTO HANDOUT-NASA/JPL-CALTECH/ T. PYLE

The hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward — an international team of researchers has discovered the first Earth-sized planet within the “habitable zone” of another star.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Earth’s crust at least 4.4 billion years old – study

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A microscopic grain of Earth’s oldest known mineral has been dated to 4.4 billion years ago, shedding light on our planet’s infancy and how it came to harbor life, researchers said Sunday.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Satellites to probe Earth’s strange shield

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Europe next week will launch a trio of hi-tech satellites to explore something that may seem utterly mundane: Earth’s magnetic field.

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Bright streak of light reported over California

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Hours after a meteor exploded over Russia and injured more than 1,000 people and an asteroid passed relatively close to Earth, residents in California reported seeing an unusual flash of light over the San Francisco Bay area that left many startled and thrilled.

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Ring of fire’ eclipse amazes millions

GLOWING CIRCLE An annular eclipse appears north of Odessa, Texas, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges. The rare phenomenon was visible in wide areas across China, Japan, the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia before moving across the Pacific to be seen in parts of the western United States. AP

Millions of Asians watched as a rare “ring of fire” eclipse crossed their skies early Monday.

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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