“Something Incredible Is Out There” –Scientists on Hunt for Signs of Extraterrestrial Intelligence Detect 15 New Cosmic Radio Bursts From Deep Space



As Carl Sagan was fond of saying: “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Astronomers on the hunt for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence have detected 15 Fast Radio Bursts from a dwarf galaxy located three billion light-years away. These exotic pulses have confounded scientists since they were first discovered a decade ago by astronomers using the Parkes radio dish in Australia.


NASA: “Weirdest Habitable Worlds” –Hubble Hints at 1st Signs of Water on TRAPPIST-1 Dwarf Star-System Planets (WATCH Today’s ‘Galaxy’ Stream)




On 22 February 2017 astronomers announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, 40 light-years away. This makes TRAPPIST-1 the planetary system with the largest number of Earth-sized planets discovered so far. An international team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to estimate whether there might be water on the seven earth-sized planets orbiting the nearby dwarf star TRAPPIST-1. The results suggest that the outer planets of the system might still harbour substantial amounts of water. This includes the three planets within the habitable zone of the star, lending further weight to the possibility that they may indeed be habitable.


ALMA Observatory Detects Huge Hidden Reservoirs of Fuel That Feed Starburst Galaxies


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A team led by Edith Falgarone (Ecole Normale Supérieure and Observatoire de Paris, France) has used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array to detect signatures of the carbon hydride CH+ in distant starburst galaxies, known for a much higher rate of star formation compared to sedate Milky Way-like galaxies, making these structures ideal to study galaxy growth and the interplay between gas, dust, stars, and the black holes at the centers of galaxies.


“The Black Hole Paradox” –New Theory Says Soon After Big Bang, Black Holes Lit Up the Universe




Soon after the Big Bang, the universe went completely dark. The intense, seminal event that created the cosmos churned up so much hot, thick gas that light was completely trapped. Much later—perhaps as many as one billion years after the Big Bang—the universe expanded, became more transparent, and eventually filled up with galaxies, planets, stars, and other objects that give off visible light. That's the universe we know today.


Hell & High Water: “Houston Was Warned” –The Inside Story of the Impact of Hurricane Harvey




“Houston’s perfect storm is coming — and it’s not a matter of if but when,” journalists wrote, a year and a half ago. “Why isn’t Texas ready?”



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