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NASA’s new planet-hunter to seek closer, Earth-like worlds

NASA is poised to launch a $337 million washing machine-sized spacecraft that aims to vastly expand mankind’s search for planets beyond our solar system, particularly closer, Earth-sized ones that might harbor life, reported AFP. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is scheduled to launch Monday at 6:32 pm (2232 GMT) atop a SpaceX Falcon…

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The universe shouldn’t exist, scientists say after finding bizarre behaviour of anti-matter

NEWS DESK: Our universe shouldn’t exist, scientists say, reported The Independent. The most elite scientists in the world are still struggling to find why exactly our universe didn’t destroy itself as soon as it came into existence. That’s what science says should have happened – but it clearly hasn’t, since you’re here reading this, as far…

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We are probably not alone – NASA finds 10 ‘earth-like’ worlds

Astronomers using the Kepler space telescope have detected 219 possible new exoplanets in our galaxy, including 10 relatively small, rocky and possibly habitable planets similar to our own, NASA announced Monday. These are the last additions to the catalog of exoplanets compiled during the first phase of the Kepler mission, when the space telescope scanned…

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Space feat opens ‘new window’ onto Universe

PARIS: A ground-breaking physics mission has opened up space as the next frontier for exploring a ubiquitous, invisible force predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, project leaders said Tuesday. A demonstration probe dubbed LISA Pathfinder was launched by Europe last December on the first stage of a decades-long mission to observe gravitational waves from…

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How the universe’s brightest galaxies were born

PARIS: The brightest galaxies in our universe are fuelled by what their gravity sucks in, not through explosive mergers of star systems as scientists previously argued, researchers said Wednesday. In what may be the most complete explanation yet of how these enormous collections of stars and dust came to be, scientists found the galaxies pulled…

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Ancient galaxy sheds light on dust as starmaker

PARIS: One of the oldest galaxies ever observed has revealed that dust played a vital role in the infancy of the Universe, astronomers reported on Monday. Grains of dust are the tiny building blocks of the cosmos. Made from carbon, silicon, magnesium, iron and oxygen, they are formed in the nuclear combustion of a star….

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Colombia's FARC rebels invite Miss Universe to attend peace talks

BOGOTA: Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels have invited the newly-crowned Miss Universe Paulina Vega, a native of the country's Caribbean coast, to attend their peace negotiations with the government, a bid to end 50 years of fighting. The 22-year-old Vega, a business student and model from the northern city of Barranquilla, was named Miss Universe in…

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Miss Venezuela gets crown of Miss Universe

This report shows us final moments of Miss Universe competition, where Miss Venezuela received crown of Miss Universe for this year.

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Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe

LANCASHIRE: Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe – a group of quasars so large it would take 4 billion years to cross it while traveling at speed of light.The immense scale also challenges Albert Einstein's Cosmological Principle, the assumption that the universe looks the same from every point of view, researchers…

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Miss USA crowned Miss Universe in 8th American win

LAS VEGAS: A 20-year-old beauty queen who plays the cello and is a breast cancer advocate was crowned Miss Universe on Wednesday, the eighth time an American has won the pageant where the world's most beautiful women parade in bikinis and ball gowns.Olivia Culpo, 20, a brunette from Rhode Island, was chosen by a 10-judge…

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Miss Universe changes rules to include transgender women

TORONTO: The Miss Universe pageant is changing its rules and will allow transgender women to take part in all of its competitions starting in 2013, the organization and gay rights group GLAAD said on Tuesday. Tuesday's decision follows a media outcry over the disqualification of Canadian contestant Jenna Talackova from the upcoming Miss Universe Canada…

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Former Mr. Universe turns 100 in India

KOLKATA: A former Mr. Universe who has just turned 100 said Sunday that happiness and a life without tensions are the key to his longevity.Manohar Aich, who is 4 foot 11 inches (150 centimeters) tall, overcame many hurdles, including grinding poverty and a stint in prison, to achieve body building glory.His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren…

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Miss Angola crowned Miss Universe in Brazil

SAO PAULO: Miss Angola Leila Lopes, a business student from the town of Benguela in her home country, was crowned Miss Universe on Monday after dazzling a panel of judges with her beauty and impressing them with her brain.Lopes, 25, laughed and smiled as she hugged runner-up Miss Ukraine Olesia Stefanko, then felt a crown…

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God did not create the universe, says Hawking

LONDON: God did not create the universe and the “Big Bang” was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book. In “The Grand Design”, co-authored with U.S. physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe…

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Mexican captures Miss Universe crown

LOS ANGELES: Jimena Navarrete, a 22-year-old brunette from Mexico, was named Miss Universe in Las Vegas Monday, extending Latin America’s domination of the pageant to three consecutive years. The first runner-up was Miss Jamaica, Yendi Phillipps, while Miss Australia, Jesinta Campbell, was second runner-up. Miss Ukraine, Anna Poslavska came in fourth, ahead of Miss Philippines,…

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83 global beauty queens seek Miss Universe title

LAS VEGAS: A set of 83 beauty queens plan to show off swimsuits, evening gowns and quick-thinking interview skills in hopes of impressing a panel of celebrity judges and winning the 2010 Miss Universe crown. From Albania to Zambia, contestants from six continents were expected to strut across a stage Monday night at the Mandalay…

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Hubble captures earliest photos of universe

WASHINGTON: The US Hubble Space Telescope has captured the earliest image yet of the universe – just 600 to 800 (M) million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was just a toddler. The photo, which combines an August 2009 infrared image taken by the Hubble with an optical image taken in 2004, reveals…

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Venezuelan wins sixth Miss Universe crown

NASSAU: Venezuelan Stefania Fernandez, an 18-year-old brunette, won the Miss Universe 2009 title on Sunday, giving her South American country its second consecutive win and its sixth title in the beauty pageant. The svelte Venezuelan model defeated favorites from Australia and Dominican Republic to became the 58th winner of the crown in a show broadcast…

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