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  • 35ft humpback whale trapped in California harbour

    May 21, 2017 11:50 AM 63

    Rescuers trying to save the stranded animal Rescuers are desperately trying to save a 35ft humpback whale that has become stranded in a California harbour. The beautiful whale was spotted swimming back and forth in the Ventura Harbour, southern California, on Saturday afternoon. Harbour master John Higgins said the animal had been bumping into boats

  • Wayward humpback whale stuck in California harbor

    May 21, 2017 9:23 AM 15

    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A humpback whale swam into a Southern California harbor and got stuck there, drawing spectators and news helicopters as boat crews try to guide it out to the open water. Ventura Harbor Patrol officials say the whale was spotted Saturday afternoon and has been swimming back and forth in the harbor. A wildlife expert said the approximately

  • The forecast for Proxima b: Wet with a chance of alien life

    May 15, 2017 11:01 PM 18

    Researchers modeled the climate of the nearest exoplanet and found the weather might be much more pleasant than nearby worlds in our own solar system. Scientists from the University of Exeter have taken the first steps to try to figure out whether the weather patterns on Proxima b are as nice as a Northern California evening or a little more volatile

  • 'Warm Neptune' NASA discovers alien planet with signs of water and ‘primitive atmosphere’

    May 12, 2017 1:21 PM 7

    NASA astronomers have discovered a distant alien planet with a “primitive atmosphere” which shows signs of having water. The planet known as HAT-P-26b, which is a massive 437 light years from Earth, has been referred to as a “warm Neptune” due to it having a similar mass to the one in our solar system. What stunned researchers is that the planet’s atmosphere

  • Water signature found in Neptune-sized planet's atmosphere

    May 12, 2017 6:10 AM 13

    Combining observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, researchers have detected strong water signature in the atmosphere of a distant Neptune-sized planet. The distant planet HAT-P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium, said the study published in the journal Science. WASHINGTON: Combining observations

  • Oldest Evidence of Life on Earth Possibly Found in Australian Rocks

    May 9, 2017 3:00 PM 16

    Ancient rocks found in a remote stretch of Western Australia may contain the world's oldest known evidence of life on land, a new study finds. The 3.48-billion-year-old rocks are part of an area known as the Dresser Formation, located in Pilbara, Australia. During Earth's early years, the region might have been a volcanic caldera (a volcanic crater often

  • Homo naledi species discovery raises fresh questions about evolution

    May 9, 2017 1:16 PM 16

    Small-brained Homo naledi may have been driven extinct by early humans, some scientists believe Scientists unveiled the first evidence on Tuesday that early humans co-existed in Africa 300,000 years ago with a small-brained human-like species thought to already be extinct on the continent at that time. The findings, published in three papers in the journal

  • Scientists in South Africa reveal more on human-like species

    May 9, 2017 10:35 AM 13

    JOHANNESBURG - A species belonging to the human family tree whose remnants were first discovered in a South African cave in 2013 lived several hundred thousand years ago, indicating that the creature was alive at the same time as the first humans in Africa, scientists said Tuesday. A meticulous dating process showed that Homo naledi, which had a mix of human-like

  • Small-brained early human lived more recently than expected

    May 9, 2017 8:01 AM 10

    Homo naledi fossils are dated to a few hundred thousand years ago, and may have overlapped with Homo sapiens. The skull of a Homo naledi, dubbed 'Neo', discovered in a second chamber in South Africa's Rising Star cave system. An early human species with a curious mix of archaic and modern features lived in South Africa just a few hundred thousand years

  • Humanity’s strange new cousin is shockingly young — and shaking up our family tree

    May 9, 2017 8:01 AM 10

    Homo naledi, a strange new species of human cousin found in South Africa two years ago, was unlike anything scientists had ever seen. Discovered deep in the heart of a treacherous cave system — as if they'd been placed there deliberately — were 15 ancient skeletons that showed a confusing patchwork of features. Some aspects seemed modern, almost human