10 Earth-Like Planets Found

10 Earth-Like Planets Found

by Fox News ‘We are probably not alone’: 10 more planets that could support life found by NASA NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has identified 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech) Ten new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially support life on them have been found by NASA’s planet-hunting telescope. The 10 planets are among 219 new planets announced by NASA. The latest research is based on observations made by Kepler during the first four years of its primary mission. NASA announced Monday its new findings —  and it only looked in a tiny part of the galaxy. There are now 4,034 planet candidates identified by Kepler, according to NASA, of which 2,335 have been verified as exoplanets. Of roughly 50 near-Earth size habitable zone candidates detected by Kepler, more than 30 have been verified. Related: waiting-on-the-world-to-change Mario Perez, Kepler program scientist in the Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said the new discovery means that “we are probably not alone” because four years of data show how common Earth-like planets can be. Related: to-the-worlds-greatest-dad ALIEN LIFE LOOMS? NEWLY DISCOVERED EXOPLANET MAY BE BEST CANDIDATE, SAY EXPERTS “The Kepler data set is unique, as it is the only one containing a population of these near Earth-analogs —  planets with roughly the same size and orbit as Earth,” Perez said. “Understanding their frequency in the galaxy will help inform the design of future NASA missions to directly image another Earth.” Scientists agreed that this is a boost...
Preemie Hippo, Baby Fiona, Reunites with her Mom, Bibi, for the First Time

Preemie Hippo, Baby Fiona, Reunites with her Mom, Bibi, for the First Time

It’s a love story for the ages! Henry the Hippo, 34, had been without a mate for the past 20 years.  In walked Bibi, and he was instantly smitten! Head Keeper, Wendy Rice, said it was love at first sight. “It was like cartoon hearts in his eyes. He was like, there’s a girl here! He seems to have been smitten with her ever since…They bred right away, which is why Fiona is here.”  The Zoo and its patrons waited excitedly for her birth.  Unfortunately, Baby Fiona had other plans and decided to enter the world six weeks prematurely. Those of us who live in the tri-state area have had the pleasure of getting regular updates and following this story locally. However, news spread of her inspiring story and people from all over the world have been following her amazing journey since her birth through the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s blog. Baby Fiona has stolen our hearts and rallied the city of Cincinnati in their support. Yesterday, Baby Fiona reached a new milestone.  She had previously been introduced to her parents, Henry and Bibi through a glass partition, however, she finally got to spend some alone time with Mom. Milestone alert: Fiona & Bibi are now spending some time together in the same space! Read more: https://t.co/RywHq2zIcl pic.twitter.com/wGE4l3HfJV — Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) June 9, 2017 The hippopotamus is a highly aggressive and unpredictable animal and is ranked among the most dangerous animals in Africa, however, what appears to be an act of aggression towards Baby Fiona from Mom, Bibi, is actually a tender moment. According to the Cincinnati...
Think About It

Think About It

While browsing the internet the other day looking for a perfect picture for my last article, I came across an interesting statistic. 82% of all statistics are made up.   Wow! Who would have thought it?   Well, me actually.  Especially since I made it up!  Which leads me to some interesting thoughts on what other facts are fake and a product of someone else’s imagination. We hear things all of the time that we just assume are correct because it seems to come from a reputable source. Unfortunately “fake news” has been making its rounds much longer than most people are aware of.  Critical thinking is a skill that seems to be lacking in the younger generation and they believe anything that they read or hear.   I’m not sure of the cause, but have some ideas. I notice a big difference in kids’ problem-solving skills that play outside vs those who play inside on electronics.   Farm kids are great problem solvers.  They have to be able to out think a 1200 pound cow that does not want to go where they are trying to put it!  It is the best lesson in the world when they have to chase it all over 100 acres because they did not anticipate the cow turning and were not where they should have been.  They learn to think, and they learn it quick!  To NOT think results in extra work. Our young generation is proud of their ability to multi-task, but it is not a good behavior to practice.  It is a well-known scientific fact that the brain is able...
HUGE, DEEP HOLE ON MARS LEAVES SCIENTISTS BAFFLED

HUGE, DEEP HOLE ON MARS LEAVES SCIENTISTS BAFFLED

by Fox News New ice discovered on Mars A depression huge and deep on Mars has left astronomers baffled. It was discovered by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (NRO), which has been studying the Martian surface for 11 years. The vast pit, estimated to be hundreds of feet across and surrounded by frozen carbon dioxide, is located on the south pole of Mars— sticking out among the Swiss cheese terrain of Earth’s closest neighbor. According to NASA, “the depressions are thought to be caused by sublimation, which is when a material goes directly from a solid to a gas phase.” (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona) RELATED: SCIENTISTS-BUILD-BLACK-HOLE According to Science Alert, there are many ways such holes are formed on Mars, which is colder than Earth— meteorites leave craters; lava tubes collapse and produce deep pits; floods from long ago hollow out grand canyons; and volcanos melts ice fashioning funnels. RELATED: DREAMS-AND-BRAIN-DISEASE-REM-SLEEP-CELLS-LINKED-TO-DISORDERS- The depression was discovered by the MRO’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE camera, which allows NASA to see Martian objects larger than 3 feet from about 125 to 250 miles above. The camera takes repeated images throughout Mars’ seasons to monitor the terrain’s...
Scientists BUILD Black Hole

Scientists BUILD Black Hole

by Fox News Scientists create ‘molecular black hole’ in laboratory using world’s most powerful x-ray beam The collision of two black holes – a tremendously powerful event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO – is seen in this still image from a computer simulation released in Washington February 11, 2016. Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for studying the cosmos. REUTERS/The SXS (Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes)/Handout via Reuters FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTX26JHT Related: huge-deep-hole-found-on-mars   Related: dreams-and-brain-disease-rem-sleep-cells-linked-to-disorders- The world’s most powerful X-ray laser beam has been used to create a tiny microscopic “black hole.” The machine uses extremely bright, fast flashes of light to take atomic-level snapshots of some of nature’s fastest processes. A single pulse stripped all but a few electrons out of one atom from the inside out. This left a void that started pulling in electrons from the rest of the molecule – like a black hole gobbling a spiralling disk of matter. It’s hoped the breakthrough will lead to advanced ultra-high-res images of viruses and bacteria – and the development of better drugs. Staff scientist Sebastien Boutet, of Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, said the X-ray pulses are about a hundred times more...
DREAMS AND BRAIN DISEASE: REM SLEEP CELLS LINKED TO DISORDERS

DREAMS AND BRAIN DISEASE: REM SLEEP CELLS LINKED TO DISORDERS

by Fox Health Where do dreams come from?  (iStock) Where do dreams come from? Researchers now say they know: A specific group of cells in the brain stem is responsible for controlling dreaming sleep , also called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, a new study says. The study also showed that damage to those cells could lead to a sleeping disorder called REM Behavior Disorder (RBD) , which makes a person act out violent dreams . The findings have far broader implications than pinpointing the neurological source of dreams , though, said the study’s principal investigator, John Peever, a professor of cell and systems biology at the University of Toronto. Because previous studies have shown that 80 percent of people with RBD develop incurable brain diseases, the new research could give drug companies a specific group of cells to target for therapies that slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. “For some reason, the cells in the REM sleep area are the first to be sickened, and then the neurodegenerative disease spreads up into the brain and affects the other areas that cause disorders like Parkinson’s disease ,” Peever told Live Science. MORE FROM LIVESCIENCE TOP 11 SPOOKY SLEEP DISORDERS DAYDREAMING AGAIN? 5 FACTS ABOUT THE WANDERING MIND 7 STRANGE FACTS ABOUT INSOMNIA Peever presented his team’s results May 29 at the 2017 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting in Montreal. The findings have not been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. RELATED: WHAT-I-CUT-TO-LOSE-100-LBS RELATED: WALKING-CORPSE-SYNDROME-THE-WALKING-DEAD-MADE-REAL During a healthy night’s sleep, a person cycles through light sleep, deep sleep and REM sleep several times. During REM sleep, the neurons in the brain stem...