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Research challenges popular theory on origin of languages

New research published today in the journal Nature, led by University of Adelaide ancient DNA researchers and the Harvard Medical School, shows that at least some of the Indo-European languages spoken in Europe were likely the result of a massive migration from eastern Russia.

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International research has shed new light on the origins of some of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
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An Old-looking Galaxy in a Young Universe

New observations of the very distant galaxy A1689-zD1 (, which is visible to us because of gravitational lensing caused by the galaxy cluster Abell 1689, have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to pick up the faint glow from cold dust in the galaxy and used ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to measure its distance. They were surprised to discover a far more evolved system than expected. 

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Image credit: NASA; ESA; L. Bradley (Johns Hopkins University); R. Bouwens (University of California, Santa Cruz); H. Ford (Johns Hopkins University); and G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz)

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The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.

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Jupiter and three of its moons shot February 28, 2015 at 11:30 pm AST

Another nice image by +Russell Bateman The biggest planet in our solar system, Jupiter and three of its Galilean moons (Ganymede, Europa and Io).

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What is a Galilean moon?

Jupiter's four Galilean moons ( are named Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. They were discovered in 1609 and 1610 by Galileo Galilei (hence the name) and are Jupiter's largest moons, Ganymede (diameter: 5262 km) is even bigger than Mercury (diameter: 4879 km).

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Sad news... Leonard Nimoy died today.
Leonard Nimoy, the man best known for his role as Mr. Spock, the logical half-Vulcan, half-human in the original "Star Trek," has died at his home in Los Angeles. Thank you for the years of going boldly.
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NGC 2276: NASA's Chandra Finds Intriguing Member of Black Hole Family Tree

What appears to be a intermediate-mass black hole (IMBH) was detected in the galaxy NGC 2276 (about 100 million light years away). The inset is a zoom into the location showing radio wave observations (in red) from the European Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network.
Intermediate-mass black holes are of interest because they might be evolving into supermassive black holes.

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Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/M.Mezcua et al & NASA/CXC/INAF/A.Wolter et al; Optical: NASA/STScI and DSS; Inset: Radio: EVN/VLBI

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New technique allows analysis of clouds around exoplanets

In a paper to be published in the Astrophysical Journal, researchers in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at MIT describe a technique that analyzes data from NASA’s Kepler space observatory to determine the types of clouds on planets that orbit other stars, known as exoplanets.

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Team describes use of method to determine properties of clouds surrounding the exoplanet Kepler-7b.
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Ceres Arrival

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will enter orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6, allowing for even more detailed pictures.

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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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Damn those alien kids, they break the curfew again and party in wild using laser beacons. Those alien rave party during burning alien gets out of hand every year.
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First Direct Observation of Carbon Dioxide’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth’s Surface

Scientists have observed an increase in carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface for the first time. They measured atmospheric carbon dioxide’s increasing capacity to absorb thermal radiation emitted from the Earth’s surface over an eleven-year period at two locations in North America. 

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Check out NASA's Global Climate Change Vital Signs of the Planet website - with lots of information on global climate change

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This is pretty big news. I read this last week, but no mention in the "liberal media."
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Living on the Edge: Stars Found Far from Galaxy Center

Astronomers using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE,, have found a cluster of stars forming at the very edge of our Milky Way galaxy. To find a star forming region in that place surprised the scientists.

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Well, that's it. Climate change is dead...

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.),  chairman of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has, once and for all, disproven climate change. With a snowball.

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And now some real facts on climate change

Check out NASA's Global Climate Change Vital Signs of the Planet website - with lots of information on global climate change

Should you be unsure of what to think about climate change maybe this video might be interesting to you: 13 Misconceptions About Global Warming

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History will certainly put James Inhofe in the same category as infamous appeaser Neville Chamberlain, who, like Mr. Inhofe, inexplicably refused to recognize the danger that was clear to everyone else. The only remaining question is whether he is doing this out of willful ignorance or calculated self-interest. In other words, is he being stupid or evil?
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Looking Deeply into the Universe in 3D

The Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) had a look at the Hubble Deep Field South region ( revealing even more galaxies and insights about the distances and motions of galaxies.

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Image credit: ESO/MUSE Consortium/R. Bacon

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