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The planet takes 1,107 days (just over 3 years) to orbit its host stars, the longest period of any confirmed transiting exoplanet found so far. The planet is also much further away from its stars than any other circumbinary planet, breaking with the tendency for circumbinary planets to have close-in orbits. Interestingly, its orbit puts the planet within the so-called habitable zone. Like Jupiter, however, Kepler-1647 b is a gas giant, making the planet unlikely to host life.


Posted: 6/13/2016 6:36:34 PM   Reads: 118   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: www.eurekalert.org Category: Space

Category: Space
A single entry of the plague bacterium into Europe was responsible for the Black Plague of the mid-14th century. This same strain sparked recurrent outbreaks on the continent over the following four centuries before spreading to China, where it triggered the third plague pandemic in the late 19th century. The wave of plague that traveled to Asia later became the source population for modern-day epidemics around the globe, reveals genome analyses of the bacterium.


Posted: 6/8/2016 6:34:38 PM   Reads: 364   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: www.eurekalert.org Category: Doomsday

Category: Doomsday
Archaeologists in Italy have discovered what may be a rare Etruscan sacred text likely to yield rich details about Etruscan worship and early beliefs of a lost culture fundamental to western traditions. The lengthy text is on a large 6th century sandstone slab uncovered from an Etruscan temple, said Gregory Warden, principal investigator of Mugello Valley Archaeological Project, which made the discovery, and professor emeritus, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, main sponsor of the project.


Posted: 3/29/2016 4:16:56 PM   Reads: 171   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: www.eurekalert.org Category: Ancient Civilizations

The universe is probably filled with habitable planets, so many scientists think it should be teeming with aliens. But life on other planets would likely be brief and become extinct very quickly, say astrobiologists from The Australian National University (ANU). In research aiming to understand how life might develop, the scientists realized new life would commonly die out due to runaway heating or cooling on their fledgling planets.


Posted: 1/21/2016 5:56:33 PM   Reads: 388   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: www.eurekalert.org Category: Space

Category: Space
Estimated to be more than 3 billion years old, the lake appears to have covered as much as 80 square miles and was up to 1,500 feet deep -- roughly the equivalent of Lake Champlain bordering the United States and Canada, said CU-Boulder Research Associate Gaetano Di Achille, who led the study.


Posted: 6/19/2009 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 651   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: www.eurekalert.org Category: Mars Anomalies

Category: Mars Anomalies
"The big news is that we’ve shown how the human brain blocks an unwanted memory, that there is such a mechanism and it has a biological basis," said Stanford psychology Professor John Gabrieli, a co-author of the paper titled "Neural Systems Underlying the Suppression of Unwanted Memories." "It gets you past the possibility that there’s nothing in the brain that would suppress a memory – that it was all a misunderstood fiction."


Posted: 1/9/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 414   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.eurekalert.org Category: Press Releases

Category: Press Releases
WASHINGTON - The rate at which ozone is being destroyed in the upper stratosphere is slowing, and the levels of ozone-destroying chlorine in that layer of the atmosphere have peaked and are going down -- the first clear evidence that a worldwide reduction in chlorofluorocarbon pollution is having the desired effect, according to a new study.


Posted: 7/30/2003 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 386   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.eurekalert.org Category: Science Controversies