extra extra newspaperWater signature in distant planet shows clues to its formation
Livermore CA (SPX) Mar 19, 2013 – A team of international scientists including a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory astrophysicist has made the most detailed examination yet of the atmosphere of a Jupiter-size like planet beyond our solar system. The finding provides astrophysicists with additional insight into how planets are formed. “This is the sharpest spectrum ever obtained of an extrasolar planet,” said co- … more

Early birds had four wings, not two: study
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2013 – Some primitive birds boasted four wings, before evolution led them to ditch their hind feathers in favor of webbed or scaly feet, scientists in China said on Thursday. Previous research had uncovered the existence of bird-like dinosaurs with hind limb feathers, but evidence has remained slim in birds, which are widely believed to have evolved from dinosaurs. And even though the latest di … more

Extreme water
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2013 – Earth is the only known planet that holds water in massive quantities and in all three phase states. But the earthly, omnipresent compound water has very unusual properties that become particularly evident when subjected to high pressure and high temperatures. In the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a German-Finnish-French team published what happ … more