Scientists: Kepler Telescope Revealing ‘Hundreds of Billions‘ Exoplanets

Scientists: Kepler Telescope Revealing ‘Hundreds of Billions‘ Exoplanets

Space discovery is expanding almost as massively as space itself — thanks to the power and clarity of the Kepler Space Telescope — making the possibility of hundreds of billions of exoplanets, if not a trillion, "There are hundreds of billions of planets in the Milky Way galaxy," UCLA professor Jean-Luc Margot told the magazine. NASA has confirmed 3,572 exoplanets and another 5,078 await verification, most discovered after the 2009 […]

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Nature: Ohio scientists finally learning flying squirrels‘ secrets

Nature: Ohio scientists finally learning flying squirrels‘ secrets

By Jim McCormacFor The Columbus Dispatch Perhaps no one knows as much about southern flying squirrels as Don Althoff. The professor of biology at Rio Grande College in southern Ohio has devoted two decades of study to these fascinating mammals. I spent one early-December day shadowing Althoff as he conducted squirrel research in the rugged, forested hills of rural Athens County. We weren’t alone. The squirrels intrigue many of his […]

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2018 preview: Quantum computers to overtake ordinary machines

2018 preview: Quantum computers to overtake ordinary machines

Michael Fang/Martinis Lab By Jacob Aron If all goes to plan in 2018, Google will unveil a device capable of performing calculations that no other computer on the planet can tackle. The quantum computing era is upon us. Well, sort of. Google is set to achieve , the long-awaited first demonstration of quantum computers’ ability to outperform ordinary machines at certain tasks. Regular computing bits can be in one of […]

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How bumbling British boffins became a standing Russian joke

How bumbling British boffins became a standing Russian joke

Modern Toss By James Harkin IF YOU happen to have travelled on the London Underground’s District, Circle or Hammersmith & City lines in the past three months, you may have spotted the legendary Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, creator of the periodic table. Not in person of course, but splashed across the side of a special train celebrating Russian achievements in science, space and the arts. When The Heart of Russia […]

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A show uniting art and nature that should just be experienced

A show uniting art and nature that should just be experienced

The Tar Museum: damaged nature is transformed into art spectacle Klaus Pichler By Simon Ings Mumok, Vienna, Austria, until 14 January 2018 VISITORS to Vienna’s spectacular Natural History Museum may discover some taxidermied exhibits smothered in black gloop. This is artist Mark Dion’s The Tar Museum, and it is part of Natural Histories: Traces of the Political, an art exhibition about nature and politics, most of which is in the […]

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