Our planet is the best there is, right? Not necessarily, say researchers at Washington State University who have produced a list of 24 planets outside our Solar System that are not only Earth-like, but may even be better than Earth.
The list—which is intended to be a “to do” list for a bunch of powerful telescopes due to go live in the next few years—includes planets that are older, a little larger, slightly warmer and possibly wetter than Earth, and which orbit stars with longer lifespans than our Sun.
The researchers—whose work is published this week in the journal Astrobiology—think the worlds in the list contain some that could be called “super-habitable.” That means they could be places where life could more easily thrive than
Is the election hurting your mental health? An expert weighs in
Less than 30 days out from one of the most divisive elections in American history, stress and anxiety around politics is an an all-time high. Yahoo Life Mental Health Contributor, Jen Harstein, says that it’s important to become aware of how your mental health could be taking a toll this election season.
“Even for those of us who have been part of many elections and voted many different times, this is something none of us have ever experienced,” she says.
Hartstein says one of the most important things you can do is create set times during the day to unplug. “We live in a 24 hour news cycle, and the news is coming at us all the time, and it’s intense,” Hartstein explains. “That doesn’t do such great things for our body’s ability to calm down, reset and relax.”
Pollution off the Pacific shoreline of the remote Kamchatka peninsula has caused the mass death of marine creatures, Russian scientists said Tuesday.
Locals sounded the alarm in late September as surfers experienced stinging eyes from the water and sea creatures including seals, octopuses and sea urchins washed up dead on the shore.
Coming on the heels of a massive oil leak in Siberia, the latest incident has sparked a large-scale investigation with fears that poisonous substances in underground storage since the Soviet era could have leaked into the water.
A team of divers from a state nature reserve found a “mass death” of sea life at a depth of five to 10 metres (16-33 feet), Ivan Usatov of the Kronotsky Reserve said, adding that “95 percent are dead.”
Experts in Japan have devised a simple way to glean more detailed information out of standard medical imaging scans. A research team made up of atomic physicists and nuclear medicine experts at the University of Tokyo and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) has designed a timer that can enable positron emission tomography (PET) scanners to detect the oxygen concentration of tissues throughout patients’ bodies. This upgrade to PET scanners may lead to a future of better cancer treatment by quickly identifying parts of tumors with more aggressive cell growth.
“Patients’ experience in this future PET scan will be the same as now. Medical teams’ experience of conducting the scan will also be the same, just with more useful information at the end,” said nuclear medicine physician Dr. Miwako Takahashi from the NIRS, a co-author of the research publication in Communication Physics.
If life does exist on Venus, NASA may have first detected it back in 1978. But the finding went unnoticed for 42 years.
Life on Venus is still a long shot. But there’s reason to take the idea seriously. On Sept. 14, a team of scientists made a bombshell announcement in the journal Nature Astronomy: Using telescopes, they’d detected phosphine, a toxic gas long proposed as a possible sign of alien microbial life, in the upper part of the planet’s thick atmosphere. The detection was a landmark in the long hunt for life elsewhere in the solar system, which has mostly focused attention on Mars and a few moons orbiting Jupiter and Saturn. Meanwhile, Venus, hot and poisonous, was long considered too inhospitable for anything to survive. But now, digging through archival NASA data, Rakesh Mogul, a biochemist at Cal Poly Pomona in California, and colleagues have found
Scientists have spotted an aurora coming from a comet for the first time ever.
The comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has an aurora of far-ultraviolet light that can’t be seen by the naked eye.
The aurora was spotted by the Rosetta spacecraft which was launch back in 2004 and spent years catching up to the comet in space.
On Earth, if you live near one of the poles you’re probably familiar with the aurora. The “Northern Lights” (or Southern Lights if you’re on the other end of the planet) are a result of charged particles from the Sun slamming into Earth’s atmosphere and being funneled along toward the poles by Earth’s magnetic field.
We know that planets have auroras, and auroras are even present on large moons, but never before has an aurora been observed on a much smaller object. That is, until the Rosetta spacecraft, a
San Diego gene sequencing giant Illumina announced an $8 billion deal Monday to acquire Grail Therapeutics, a Bay Area biotech once part of Illumina that is developing a blood test to catch cancer sooner.
“This deal is quite transformative for Illumina,” said Dr. Phil Febbo, chief medical officer, as it shows that the gene sequencing giant is “a company that also cares about testing for providers and patients.”
Illumina is the biggest biotech in town, and the acquisition, slated to go through by the second half of 2021, is one of the largest deals in San Diego biotech history.
It’s also something of a homecoming.
Grail spun out of Illumina in 2016 after researchers stumbled on an odd finding. They were working on a way to test a pregnant mother’s blood for signs that her child carries a genetic birth defect. But scientists found something they weren’t looking for: signs