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Kepler Space Telescope data suggests up to 40 billion Goldilocks planets

Kepler Space Telescope data suggests up to 40 billion Goldilocks planets

A new analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data by Berkeley astronomers suggests that as many as 40 billion planets with climates similar to Earth's may be calculated to exist in the Milky Way galaxy. Of those, 11 billion orbit stars similar to our sun. The rest of the hypothetical planets orbit red dwarf stars, which are the same size as our sun but cooler. New news nicely complements the more in-depth recent mineral analysis of the single planet Kepler Planet 78b.

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Hacker charged for mining data from US Missile Defense Agency, NASA

Hacker charged for mining data from US Missile Defense Agency, NASA

Every now and again, something happens that causes one to question whether common sense is as common as believed, not the least of which is when someone brags in a public space about doing something illegal. Such was the case regarding Lauri Love, a British man who has been charged for hacking both NASA and the US military alongside hacking compatriots and then boasting about doing so on Twitter.

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Antarctic ozone hole gets smaller reveals satellite data

Antarctic ozone hole gets smaller reveals satellite data

We've been hearing about the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica since the 80s. This thinning out of Earth's important ozone layer is what resulted in many aerosols being reformulated to help reduce the rate that ozone is being depleted. Scientists report that satellite data has now revealed a slight shrinking of the ozone hole this year.

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Solar flares hit Earth, SWPC predicts more grid fluctuations Monday

Solar flares hit Earth, SWPC predicts more grid fluctuations Monday

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center predicts more solar storms Monday, disrupting the power grid and satellite communications. The predictions come during the peak of the current solar cycle, an eleven-year period of sun spot activity, solar storms, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). The effects on Earth are expected to be relatively mild.

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NASA space laser gets 622 Mbps

NASA space laser gets 622 Mbps

Google may be floating the internet in balloons, but NASA is firing lasers between the moon and Earth, setting a new record in communications as it hunts an alternative to traditional radio. The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) uses a pulsed laser beam to achieve 622 Mbps between a spacecraft orbiting the the moon and an Earth station at New Mexico, and could open the door to more data-rich communications supporting 3D video and higher-resolution images.

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Comet ISON is still intact suggests new Hubble photograph

Comet ISON is still intact suggests new Hubble photograph

Astronomers, scientists, and amateur skywatchers around the world are all hoping that Comet ISON remains intact as it makes its trip towards the Earth. If the comet remains intact, it will put on one of the brightest light shows in the nighttime sky seen in recent times. However, some fear that the comet will break apart and might not survive its brush with the sun.

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