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Like Mercury, a nearby ‘lava world’ is probably lacking an atmosphere

Like Mercury, a nearby ‘lava world’ is probably lacking an atmosphere

Last year, a nearby rocky world was spotted by NASA’s planet-hunting telescope TESS. Now, astronomers have been able to observe the planet using the Spitzer Space Telescope, taking a closer look at this intriguing world. The planet, called LHS 3884b, is 49 light-years away in the Indus constellation, orbiting a cool M-dwarf star that’s only…MORE

Second exoplanet found around a curious star

Second exoplanet found around a curious star

Astronomers have discovered a second exoplanet hiding out in an intriguing star system. The Beta Pictoris system is 63.4 light-years from Earth. The star is very bright, and it’s surrounded by a giant disk made of dust, gas and debris — the leftovers of its formation. The star is also twice the mass of our…MORE

Hurricanes lead to more aggressive spiders, study says

Hurricanes lead to more aggressive spiders, study says

In regions of the United States and Mexico that are prone to hurricanes, aggressive spiders are evolving to survive and ride out the storm. When hurricanes rage along the Gulf of Mexico or charge up the East Coast, they can reshape an entire habitat in a short time. The winds destroy trees and spread debris…MORE

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson comes out as gay

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson comes out as gay

Longtime Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson came out as gay in a column in the Ottawa Citizen on Saturday, writing that the announcement was “better late than never.” The 58-year-old wrote he had long struggled with the decision to be open about his sexuality, and considered whether the revelation would affect his relationships with family, friends…MORE

US mother ruled too Western by Saudi court will appeal

US mother ruled too Western by Saudi court will appeal

Last month, an American mother named Bethany Vierra lost custody of her young daughter Zaina, on the grounds that she was too Western to raise the child well. Now her own parents worry that they will lose both grand-daughter and daughter, as the window to appeal closes in Saudi Arabia. “If Zaina can’t leave, she…MORE

US makes last-ditch attempt to stop Iranian supertanker setting sail

US makes last-ditch attempt to stop Iranian supertanker setting sail

The United States has unsealed a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker anchored off the coast of Gibraltar. It is the latest twist involving the vessel at the center of a standoff between Tehran and the West. The warrant comes just a day after a judge in Gibraltar said the Grace 1…MORE

Why the moon glows brighter than the sun in these new NASA images

Why the moon glows brighter than the sun in these new NASA images

When it comes to brightness, it’s hard to outshine the sun. But in new NASA images, the moon sparkles brighter thanks to a telescope that can detect high-energy radiation. NASA’s Fermi space telescope allows us to see high-energy radiation called gamma rays, which make the moon appear to have an intense glow because of its…MORE