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NASA’s TESS Spots 3 New Exoplanets in Rare Solar System

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Kepler planet-hunting satellite is long gone, but NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is just getting started. This satellite has spotted a few exoplanets early in its mission, and the most recent batch includes some extremely weird worlds along with yet another super-Earth. The super-Earth is scorching hot, and the others are cooler. However,

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Once, when I lived in Louisville, KY, I witnessed a lightning strike that hit the ground a few dozen feet from my vehicle, as I was merging on to the Gene Snyder Expressway. If you’ve never been close to a lightning strike, it can be difficult to describe the experience. At that range, there’s no

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Asteroids don’t usually put on a light show, but astronomers from Queen’s University Belfast have spotted one doing just that. The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) object known as (6478) Gault is spinning so fast that it’s tearing itself to pieces. The result is a comet-like tail, which attracted the attention of researchers on the lookout for supernovae.

Researchers Discover Incredibly Rare Asteroid Binary in Near Earth Orbit

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When scientists discovered the asteroid 2017 YE5, they first thought they’d found an ordinary NEO (near-Earth object) that passed within 16 lunar distances on June 21, 2018. This close approach — the closest YE5 has been in 170 years — gave us an unprecedented look at the small asteroid and allowed us to discover it

A Tremendous Supply of Rare Earth Metals Is Sitting in Japanese Waters

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Certain so-called “rare-earth” metals are vital to modern manufacturing and technology. Applications range from lasers and magnets to ceramic capacitors, oxidative agents, high-temperature superconductors, stainless steel, and PET scanners. A new report on the sea floor around Japan’s Minami-Tori-shima, also known as Marcus Island, indicates the mud is positively saturated with rare-earth elements and yttrium,

Getting pregnant at 50 is rare, but conceivable: experts

Tom Merton/Getty Images/OJO Images RF More moms are giving birth after age 50 through in vitro fertilization. Getting pregnant at 50 is unlikely — but not inconceivable. More women between the ages of 50 and 54 are giving birth today than ever before, largely thanks to in vitro fertilization, or IVF, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So Janet Jackson, who turns 50 next month, is in

Baby gorilla born in UK in rare, risky emergency C-section

LONDON — A mother gorilla and her baby are doing fine in a British zoo after a very rare delivery by emergency cesarean surgery. The infant was born 11 days ago by surgical intervention after the mother showed signs of a potentially life-threatening illness. HANDOUT/REUTERS A baby gorilla has been delivered by a rare caesarean section at the British zoo in an operation performed by a local hospital gynaecologist, the

Baby gorilla born in UK in rare, risky emergency C-section

LONDON — A mother gorilla and her baby are doing fine in a British zoo after a very rare delivery by emergency cesarean surgery. The infant was born 11 days ago by surgical intervention after the mother showed signs of a potentially life-threatening illness. HANDOUT/REUTERS A baby gorilla has been delivered by a rare caesarean section at the British zoo in an operation performed by a local hospital gynaecologist, the

Baby gorilla born in UK in rare, risky emergency C-section

LONDON — A mother gorilla and her baby are doing fine in a British zoo after a very rare delivery by emergency cesarean surgery. The infant was born 11 days ago by surgical intervention after the mother showed signs of a potentially life-threatening illness. HANDOUT/REUTERS A baby gorilla has been delivered by a rare caesarean section at the British zoo in an operation performed by a local hospital gynaecologist, the

After setting iPhone record, Apple forecasts rare sale drop

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is bracing for its first sales decline in 13 years, despite selling a record 74.8 million iPhones in the final three months of 2015. The giant tech company says revenue could fall at least 8.6 percent during the January-March quarter, compared with a year earlier. Analysts say the latest iPhone models are selling reasonably well, but they’re not providing the boost Apple needs to match the