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3 newly discovered worlds risk doom orbiting too close to dying stars

Home News Science & Astronomy An artist’s depiction of a hot Jupiter-sized exoplanet, like TOI-2337b, TOI-4329b or TOI-2669b, in orbit around an evolved, dying star. (Image credit: Karen Teramura/University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy) Astronomers have spotted three new exoplanets orbiting dangerously close to their parent stars, on the brink of extinction. The three exoplanets, named…

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NASA’s newly launched X-ray space telescope is ready to start observing the cosmos

Home News Science & Astronomy An artist’s depiction of the IXPE observatory in space. (Image credit: NASA) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s newest space observatory, the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE), is set to begin spying on some of the universe’s most dramatic objects — black holes and neutron stars — potentially changing our understanding…

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Recent tree species are named in honor of Leonardo DiCaprio

By Chen Ly The new species – Uvariopsis dicaprioLorna MacKinnon A tropical, evergreen tree from Cameroon, the first plant species to be named as new to science in 2022, has officially been labelled Uvariopsis dicaprio today in honour of the actor Leonardo DiCaprio. It adds to the list of the strange and spectacular plants that…

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Newly named human species may be the direct ancestor of modern humans

Home News Homo bodoensis may help to untangle how human lineages moved and interacted across the globe. (Image credit: Ettore Mazza)Scientists have named a new species that may have been the direct ancestor of modern humans.The newly proposed species, Homo bodoensis — which lived more than half a million years ago in Africa — may…

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A newly discovered planet orbiting a dead star offers a glimpse of Earth’s future

A team of astronomers found the remains of a dead star, known as a white dwarf, with a surviving exoplanet that resembles Jupiter. The team used a technique called microlensing, in which astronomers wait for two stars to line up perfectly as viewed from Earth and watch to see how the light from the distant…