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A new way to discover the planets? Astronomers detect an exoplanet by seeing its Trojan belts

Although we have found thousands of exoplanets in recent years, we really only have three methods to find them. The first is to observe a star darken slightly when a planet passes in front of it (transit method). The second is to measure the oscillation of a star when an orbiting planet gives it a …

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Single-use plastic is wreaking havoc on the planet. Here’s what you can do to minimize your impact | Trade

The life cycle of plastic begins underground, where oil and gas are extracted from deep below the planet’s surface. These fossil fuels are then refined in facilities, using extreme temperatures and a significant amount of water and energy, where they are turned into pellets which are ultimately melted down and molded into things like water …

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Crew works space farming, physics research as station orbits higher – Space Station

Astronaut Bob Hines explores how a crew member’s cognition and perception are affected in microgravity for the GRIP experiment. Agriculture, moss and fire research kept astronauts busy this weekend aboard the International Space Station. The pace of microgravity research is accelerating, with the Expedition 67 crew spending more time studying a wide range of space …

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The number of ancient Martian lakes may have been drastically underestimated by scientists

Figure 1: An example of a large lake hosted by an impact crater on Mars (a) and a small lake hosted by permafrost on Mars. Both images show elevation data from the MOLA (Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter) and HRSC (High Resolution Stereo Camera) instruments draped over images from THEMIS (a) and CTX (b). Credit: ESA/JPL/NASA/ASU/MSSS …

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