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Has Kepler revealed evidence for a technologically advanced civilization around a star only 1500 light-years away? That’s one exciting, if unlikely, interpretation of recent transit data. CORBIS NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope is tasked with finding small, rocky worlds orbiting distant stars. However, exoplanets aren’t the only thing Kepler can detect — […]

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Mangrove forest at high tide. Credit: Global Change Institute Enlarge Mangrove forests around the Indo-Pacific region could be submerged by 2070, international research published today says.Even with relatively low sea-level rises, many mangrove forests had a poor outlook said Professor Catherine Lovelock, a University of Queensland ecologist. “Mangrove forests are […]

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Example of a galaxy merger. Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University) Galaxies forming stars at extreme rates nine billion years ago were more efficient than average galaxies today, researchers find. The majority of stars have been believed to […]