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As the world homes in on Mars as the next habitable planet, some scientists think the answer may fall outside our solar system. Two planets show promise as potential environments for human life, a team of researchers recently stated in Science Advances.

The researchers point out that Earth may have become habitable largely due to the UV light it receives. Recent breakthroughs have indicated that UV light plays a role in the building blocks required to form life. The key, they believe, is to find a planet that has similar exposure to ultraviolet light.

To find the two perfect planets, scientists looked outside Earth’s solar system to find planets that had the right exposure to UV light. But there are more factors in play than being in a habitable zone.

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NASA continues to try to find ways that man could set up a permanent home on Mars, but there are many challenges related to taking up residence on the Red Planet. But new research into a possible power source could solve one of the main problems with long-term residency there.

In order to live on Mars, explorers will need an electricity source, but setting up a power station on the planet would be complicated, especially without the supplies and equipment necessary. New research from NASA has discovered a potential answer to that in the form of small nuclear reactors. Called the kilopower reactor, these devices would provide enough power for settlers to set up a home on the planet.

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Saturday, 27 January 2018 00:00

Could a Newly-Discovered Stone Be from Space?

Generally, when geologists find rocks and stones, they can immediately identify them. Even if they aren’t familiar with a discovery, they can trace it to something found in the immediate area. But a pebble recovered more than two decades ago in Egypt so far doesn’t match anything previously found in our solar system.

The pebble, named the Hypatia stone, has been studied extensively over the years, with scientists announcing in 2013 that it had not come from Earth. This was based on the compounds found on the stone, which can’t be traced to anything on our surface.

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