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Stephen Hawking says he knows what happened before the big bang

What was there before? Stephen Hawking might know the answer. Photo credits: Shutterstock At the time of the Big Bang, all matter in the Universe was smeared into an incredibly hot, infinitely dense body of matter. But what happened before? The? It turns out that the famous physicist Stephen Hawking has an answer he gave in an interview with his …

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NASA discovers steaming hot exoplanets is rich in water – BGR

Finding Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars is not an easy task, mainly because of the complex criteria needed to make a strange world resemble our own. Often worlds that are in the habitable zone of their star are missing other important things that we consider crucial to life, such as an atmosphere or the presence of water. A recent study …

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Astronomers discover the first stars in the universe

After the Big Bang and before the first stars were ignited, the universe was a very dark and cold place. There were no galaxies, no supernovae and no quasars. The universe was mainly neutral hydrogen gas floating in an omnipresent sea of ​​background radiation left over from the Big Bang. Over time, gravity slowly dragged the densest regions of hydrogen …

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If the world's driest desert can harbor dormant life, can Mars too?

Located on the western edge of South America, it has not been uncommon for decades to pass through the Atacama Desert without precipitation. But somehow microorganisms survive in extremely dry conditions. If life can survive in this harsh environment, could it survive on the arid surface of Mars? Atacama's hyperaromatic environment is the closest thing we have on Earth to …

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The Moon originated from a cosmic steam donut, a new theory states – quartz

Prior to this week, there were three main theories for the formation of the Moon: The most widely-used Giant Impact hypothesis in the scientific community, suggesting that a huge Mars-sized body fiercely penetrates into a still melted, collided Earth causes a piece of molten rock and metal to break off. The co-formation theory, which theorizes that the Earth and the …

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ULA Orbits Advanced Weather Satellite for NOAA

A ULA Atlas 5 rocket launches the GOES S satellite on March 1, 2018. Photo: ULA NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) has the second successful Serialized by Next Generation Weather Satellites this week for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). At 17:02 EST Thursday, NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite S (GOES S) launched an Atlas 5 rocket from …

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New species of microscopic tardigrade discovered on a Japanese car park – BGR

It is not often that a microscopic organism attains celebrity status, but that's what tardigrades have achieved. The tiny organisms, often called "water bears" for their powerful body shapes, have become more and more popular thanks to their undeniable cuteness and incredible resilience. It is believed that beards, which are considered "microtiere", are up to 530 million years old and …

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Poo patches from space lead to the discovery of the massive penguin "Supercolony"

The penguins seen from an aerial drone. Photo: A. Borowicz et al., 2018 After an international research team noticed the telltale signs of guano strips on satellite imagery, it began counting the number of penguins in the Antarctic aptly to Danger Island. They found a hitherto undiscovered super colony of over 1.5 million Adelie penguins – a surprising result, considering …

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Falcon Heavy for the outer solar system

"When the thing goes 200 feet and explodes, I jump into the water," says one of the tens of thousands of spectators who made the pilgrimage to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. We'll see Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket on the launch pad about five kilometers away over one of the ponds of Cape Canaveral's wetlands and wait for her maiden …

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