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New species of hammerhead shark discovered

New species of hammerhead shark discovered

Is it safe to go back into the water? That’s not really for us to say, but we’ll remind you that there’s always something nasty in the ocean. Scientists have discovered the latest: more precisely, they’ve managed to track down a new species of shark. They haven’t given it a name yet, although it closely resembles a scalloped hammerhead.

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Lake Vostok drilling complete: Earth’s oldest super-clean water system reached

Lake Vostok drilling complete: Earth’s oldest super-clean water system reached

On the first of this month it was reported that scientists were about to complete a 30 year drilling expedition to hit a 20-million-year-old lake: this week they've reached the surface. This body of water called Vostok is Antarctica's largest subglacial lake and is believed by scientists to be "the only giant super-clean water system on the planet." This body of water could contain life and give us Earth-shattering information on our past, excuse the pun, or it could contain an environment unlike anything we've experienced before. If either result turns out to be true, we'll gain insight on "alien" lakes like those we've found already on Jupiter's moon Europa. Thirty years of drilling and the research portion of the expedition can begin!

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Earth twin discovered 22 light-years away

Earth twin discovered 22 light-years away

The Kepler mission initiated to find habitable Earth-like planets near our own has turned up another candidate for places we might visit in the future: GJ 667Cc. This planet has an orbital period of about 28 days regularly and has a mass that's at least 4.5 larger than Earth. This planet is neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist on the surface, and it sits aside two or three additional planets that may well be similar enough to also be Earth candidates. This newest discovery was made by astronomers from UC Santa Cruz Steven Vogt and Eugenio Rivera, lead by Guillem Anglada-Escudé and Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution for Science.

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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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Chilean quake will result in shorter days on Earth

Chilean quake will result in shorter days on Earth

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have used computer models to predict that the cataclysmic Chilean earthquake may have shifted the Earth’s axis by three inches, which will ultimately result in shorter days.

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NASA presents world’s most detailed, highest resolution view of Earth

NASA presents world’s most detailed, highest resolution view of Earth

If you thought the Google Earth satellite view of the aircraft facility was impressive, check out this.  It’s the most detailed, highest resolution true color shot of Earth to date, courtesy of NASA.

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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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HDTV releases a gas worse than carbon dioxide

It turns out HDTVs are a bit hazardous to our health, well eventually. Actually, it turns out, all flat-panel displays aren’t so great.

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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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Earth Aid – Giving the gift the a healthier Earth

I’ll admit that I over use the lights a bit in my house and I leave the TV or the Radio on sometimes all night. Not only am I raising my electric bill to “a fortune” in the scheme of things I’m being wasteful and neglectful to sweet Mother Earth.

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Sony’s latest Green efforts turn out horrible

Check out this camera, tell me it doesn’t look like a potted Wiimote with a donut on the end. This camera doesn’t have a flash, and LCD, or if I had to guess any modes other than the standard one.

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Anti Gravity Globe – Looks and Acts Just Like the Real Thing

I’m sure if every classroom had one of these, Geography would be a more popular subject. I know it grabbed my attention just from the picture. It uses strategically placed magnets and sensors to create its hover effect. That means it not only has geographical properties but scientific ones as well.

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