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Astronomers may have found an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star

Some 3,000 light years away from Earth, researchers believe they have found an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star. The star is known as Kepler-160, and it was observed during NASA’s exoplanet-hunting Kepler mission between 2009 and 2013. It’s similar in size and temperature to our sun. Previous observations in the last six years have…

Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising faster than ever

Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising faster than ever

New cases of the novel coronavirus are rising faster than ever worldwide, at a rate of more than 100,000 a day over a seven-day average. In April, new cases never topped 100,000 in one day, but since May 21, there have only been less than 100,000 on five days, according to data from Johns Hopkins…

Behind the fences, Trump may be missing a national moment

Behind the fences, Trump may be missing a national moment

President Donald Trump is literally and figuratively fencing himself off from a moment of national reckoning. High barriers have sprung up around the White House complex and an adjacent park, formalizing a state of siege amid nationwide protests. Trump fancies himself a law and order enforcer but the imagery of a President hidden behind high…

What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, June 5

What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, June 5

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t making everyone poorer. A jobs report today is expected to show that US unemployment is now near 20% — the highest since 1948. But US billionaires have become $565 billion richer since mid-March, according to a study published yesterday. The two reports are just the latest signs that the virus is…

‘They died in the exact same way’

‘They died in the exact same way’

Paris (CNN) — The case of Adama Traoré has striking parallels with that of George Floyd. Both were black men whose interactions with police led to their deaths. Both struggled to breathe in their final moments. Their deaths have become rallying points in their countries for protests against police brutality. Traoré died on his 24th…

Why Trump wants the G7 to look more like a G11

Why Trump wants the G7 to look more like a G11

What’s the point of a party if you can’t invite your friends? President Donald Trump is trying to turn the off again, on again, off again G7 summit this year into a G11 — at least. Maybe he’s looking for moral support. Global gatherings in the Trump era have been contentious affairs, and as often…

What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, June 4

George Floyd had coronavirus before he was killed while in police custody last week in Minneapolis. Floyd tested positive for the virus after his death. The autopsy report released yesterday says the disease played no role in his death and was likely a sign of a previous infection. As a black man, Floyd had a…

Astronomers confirm Earth-size exoplanet around nearest star and maybe more

Astronomers confirm Earth-size exoplanet around nearest star and maybe more

Astronomers have confirmed the existence of Proxima b, an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting the closest star to our sun. The European Southern Observatory’s High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) detected the planet in 2016. The Very Large Telescope based in Chile has a new and more powerful spectrograph named ESPRESSO, so astronomers decided to use…

Laser mapping reveals largest and oldest Mayan temple

Laser mapping reveals largest and oldest Mayan temple

For decades, archeologists have keep their eyes down to the ground as they slashed through jungles, attempting to spot traces left by lost civilizations like the Khmer Empire in Cambodia and the Maya in Mexico and Central America. It’s painstaking work that took entire careers to complete. But now, archeologists — or at least their…

What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, June 3

Latin America is in crisis. But parts of it are reopening anyway. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the region is spiking fast. The death toll in Brazil, the worst-hit country in Latin America, passed 30,000 yesterday. Yet President Jair Bolsonaro continues to dismiss the threat and parts of the nation are rushing to…

Mars’ moons may hint that the planet once had rings

Mars’ moons may hint that the planet once had rings

Mars has two small, funky-looking moons with strange orbits, and they may suggest that the red planet once had rings, like some of the larger planets in our solar system. The two lumpy moons, Phobos and Deimos, were both discovered in 1877 and named after the sons of Ares from Greek mythology (Mars is named…

Two lefties make a right, if you’re a rare garden snail

Two lefties make a right, if you’re a rare garden snail

A scientific journey that began with a lovelorn snail has provided new information regarding the cause of that snail’s rare shell. The lovesick gastropod was a garden snail called Jeremy, named after the reportedly garden-loving, left-wing UK politician Jeremy Corbyn, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters. Jeremy was rare for…

Scientists say they have found the cleanest air on Earth

Scientists say they have found the cleanest air on Earth

Scientists believe they have identified the world’s cleanest air, free from particles caused by human activity, located over the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica. In a first-of-its-kind study of the bioaerosol composition of the Southern Ocean, researchers from Colorado State University identified an atmospheric region which remains unchanged by human activity. Weather and climate are…

Animal DNA is helping unlock some Dead Sea Scrolls secrets

Animal DNA is helping unlock some Dead Sea Scrolls secrets

The Dead Sea Scrolls are like an ancient puzzle that researchers and scholars are trying to piece together, but multiple obstacles block the way. Now, a new study has suggested a potential aid in finding the way these puzzle pieces fit together: animal DNA from the skins used to make the scrolls. The 2,000-year-old scrolls…

Pandemic, meet protest

After months silent and empty, America’s streets have suddenly filled with voices of protest, tear gas, crowd control bullet casings and burned-out detritus. Protests are spreading across the country night after night, since George Floyd died after a policeman kneeled on his neck in Minnesota last week. The death of the unarmed and handcuffed 46-year-old…

Anti-doping agency calls for Olympic ban on Russian athletes

Anti-doping agency calls for Olympic ban on Russian athletes

By Adam Chappelle, WLS-AM 890 News (CHICAGO)  The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday recommended banning all Russian athletes from the Rio Games. An investigation commissioned by the agency says Russia’s sports ministry “directed, controlled and oversaw” manipulation of urine samples provided by its athletes. The recommendation on a full ban comes as a report was released today showing…