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Distant Uranus-sized exoplanet discovered through microlensing

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have made independent confirmations of an exoplanet orbiting far from its central star, using a technique called gravitational microlensing. The technique helps find exoplanets far from their central stars as Jupiter and Saturn are from our sun, revealed two papers published in the July 30 edition of the Astrophysical ...

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How do Fireflies Glow?

Warm summer nights wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful glow of fireflies. But until recently, we didn’t really understand how fireflies produced their glow. Now Bruce Branchini from Connecticut College and colleagues at Yale University have recreated the firefly’s glow in the lab. This bright discovery, published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, could ...

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Bats’ flying skills give clues to develop new-age aircraft

Did you know that bats have sensors in their wings that help them perform those mind-boggling mid-flight stunts? This unique array of sensory receptors in the wing provides feedback to a bat during flight, finds a new study. Understanding in detail the mechanisms behind bats’ flight can help build the next generation of fighter aircrafts, researchers say. “Humans cannot currently ...

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