Large exoplanet could have the right conditions for life

Exoplanet illustration (stock image; elements furnished by NASA).Credit: © Инна Архипова / Adobe Stock Astronomers have found an exoplanet more than twice the size of Earth to be potentially habitable, opening the search for life to planets significantly larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune.advertisement A team from the University of Cambridge used the mass, radius, […]

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Early life experiences biologically and functionally mature the brain

Experiences early in life have an impact on the brain’s biological and functional development, shows a new study by a team of neuroscientists. Its findings, which centered on changes in mice and rats, reveal how learning and memory abilities may vary, depending on the nature of individual experiences in early life.advertisement “The implications of this […]

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How the solar system got its ‘Great Divide,’ and why it matters for life on Earth

Illustration of inner solar system (stock image).Credit: © JohanSwanepoel / Adobe Stock Scientists, including those from the University of Colorado Boulder, have finally scaled the solar system’s equivalent of the Rocky Mountain range.advertisement In a study published today in Nature Astronomy, researchers from the United States and Japan unveil the possible origins of our cosmic neighborhood’s “Great […]

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How ancient microbes created massive ore deposits, set stage for early life

Lake Kivu (stock image).Credit: © Cmon / Adobe Stock New research in Science Advances is uncovering the vital role that Precambrian-eon microbes may have played in two of the early Earth’s biggest mysteries.advertisement University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers, and collaborators from the universities of Alberta, Tübingen, Autònoma de Barcelona and the Georgia Institute of Technology, found that […]

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