Today’s “Planet Earth Report” –Death By Ice: ‘Antarctica’s Eerie 200-Year-Old Mystery’

 

In the bleak, almost pristine land at Antarctica’s bottom of the world, there are the frozen remains of human bodies – and each one tells a story of humanity’s relationship with this harsh, unforgiving continent.

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40 Eridani A Twin Discovered –“Super Earth HD 26965 May be an Ideal Host for an Advanced Civilization”

 

“The new planet is a ‘super-Earth’ orbiting the star HD 26965, which is only 16 light years from Earth, making it the closest super-Earth orbiting another Sun-like star,” says University of Florida (UF) astronomer Jian Ge, leader of the Dharma Planet Survey. “We may have discovered what may be Star Trek’s famed planet Vulcan. The planet is roughly twice the size of Earth and orbits its star with a 42-day period just inside the star’s optimal habitable zone.”

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Quantum Birth of Galaxies –“A Cosmic Funhouse Filled with Reality-Distorting Mirrors”

“I think I know how the universe was born,” said Andrei Linde, Russian-American theoretical physicist and the Harald Trap Friis Professor of Physics at Stanford University. Linde is one of the main authors of the inflationary universe theory, as well as the theory of eternal inflation and inflationary multiverse.

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We Should Search for Life in Planetary Systems Unlike Our Solar System –“Sun-like Stars Only15% of All Stars in the Milky Way”

 

Sun-like stars represent just 15 per cent of all stars in the Milky Way. More than half of those, in turn, exist in binary star systems that have also been disregarded as being too different from the conditions present in the solar system. The search for Earth twins therefore covers a nearly insignificant fraction of all the outcomes in nature.

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An Alien Image of Earth –“More Potato-Shaped than Spherical”

Since 2009 the European Space Agency’s Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) has been mapping the Earth’s gravitational field. More potato-shaped than spherical, the latest images shows just how different gravity can be at different points on our planet.

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“Epic” –Monster SpaceX Rocket Will Fly a Japanese Billionaire and Team of Artists on First Trip Around the Moon

 

SpaceX said Monday night that it would send Yusaku Maezawa, a billionaire entrepreneur and online fashion tycoon from Japan, on a trip around the moon in 2023 aboard the company’s monster Big Falcon Rocket. Maezawa won’t be flying alone: joining him will be six to eight artists, chosen from a pool of painters, photographers, musicians, film directors, fashion designers, and architects from around the world.

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