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Earth-like planet Kepler 22-b confirmed by NASA

Earth-like planet Kepler 22-b confirmed by NASA

This week astronomers have announced the existence of a planet discovered to be in human livable range of star not unlike our sun, with a size 2.4 times that of our Earth and a temperature of approximately 22 degrees celsius. This is the most recent in a line of possibilities for habitable planets in the realm of possibility as outlined by an international team of scientists in a paper by the name of "A Two-Tiered Approach to Assessing the Habitability of Exoplanets" as found at Mary Ann Libert Inc, publishing -- these scientists are not the same group that've discovered this newest planet, but they're sure to add the new finding to their list sooner than later. What we've got here is Kepler 22-b, a body that is what the Kepler space telescope team says is the closest we've ever gotten to discovering a planet that's like our own - an "Earth 2.0," if you will.

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Google Earth: world’s largest plane necropolis

Google Earth: world’s largest plane necropolis

For the first time, Google Earth has recently released this incredible view of a retired aircraft facility via satellite.  It’s the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration (AMARG), aka the Boneyard.  It’s four square miles of 4,000 retired aircraft located in Arizona, including nearly every plane the US armed forces have flown since WWII.

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Automotive X Prize – is it worth 10 million big ones to make a car that gets more than 100MPG?

Automotive X Prize – is it worth 10 million big ones to make a car that gets more than 100MPG?

So far we know that Tesla, Aptera, and Illuminati Motor Works are all in, but there is reported to be over 60 teams from 9 countries participating. There are two categories, Mainstream vehicles and Alternative Vehicles, they each have their own set of rules, but think of the mainstream category as the vehicles that might actually be bought and sold in massive quantities in the future.

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High definition images from Japanese lunar explorer

High definition images from Japanese lunar explorer

How many robotic explorers has the US sent into space? I'd say around sixteen, give or take a few.  All we get back are grainy images that look no better than the $15 dollar webcam you can buy at the corner store. Leave it to the Japanese space program to strap a Hi-def camera to their first lunar satellite, and the resulting images are breathtaking.

 

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