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2011-07-20 10:10:00

NASA said on Wednesday that astronomers have discovered a fourth moon orbiting the dwarf planet Pluto. The new moon was uncovered while using the Hubble Space Telescope. "I find it remarkable that Hubble's cameras enabled us to see such a tiny object so clearly from a distance of more than 3 billion miles," Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., who led this observing program with Hubble, said in a press release. NASA said the new moon has an estimated diameter of 8...

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2010-08-26 07:50:00

The asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is often depicted as a dull zone of dead rocks with an occasional wayward speedster smashing through on its way toward the sun. A new study appearing in the Aug. 26 issue of the journal Nature paints a different picture, one of slow but steady change, where sunlight gradually drives asteroids to split in two and move far apart to become independent asteroids among the millions orbiting the sun. "This shows that asteroids are not inert, dead bodies...

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2010-07-21 12:38:40

"ËœBenford beacons' concept could refocus search for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life For 50 years, humans have scanned the skies with radio telescopes for distant electronic signals indicating the existence of intelligent alien life. The search "” centered at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. "” has tapped into our collective fascination with the concept that we may not be alone in the universe. But the effort has so far proved fruitless, and the...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.