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    1. As astronomers get closer to finding potential signatures of life on faraway planets, a new mathematical description shows how to understand life's spread — and to determine if it's jumping from star to star. "Life could spread from host star to host star in a pattern similar to the outbreak of an epidemic," study co-author Avi Loeb of the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) said...

    2. 'From the First Star to Milkomeda'

      EurekAlert!Aug 27 08:20 AM

      ( Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics ) Avi Loeb, chair of the Harvard Astronomy Department and director of the Institute for Theory and Computation, has published a new eBook: 'From the First Star to Milkomeda.'

    3. ( Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics ) New research by Harvard astrophysicists shows that if life can travel between the stars (a process called panspermia), it would spread in a characteristic pattern that we could potentially identify.

    4. astroengine writes: As astronomical techniques become more advanced, a team of astrophysicists think they will be able to not only detect the signatures of alien life in exoplanetary atmospheres, but also track its relentless spread throughout the galaxy. The research, headed by Henry Lin of the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), assumes that this feat may be possible in a ...

    5. Life 'may have spread from star to star in an epidemic-like pattern'

      Press Association via Yahoo UK & Ireland NewsAug 27 09:08 AM

      Life may have spread among the stars like an infectious virus, leaving a distinctive pattern that we can recognise, say scientists.

    6. What Is Parallax?

      SPACE.comAug 28 09:11 PM

      Parallax is a method of measuring the distance to nearby objects in space. It is also a method used to display 3D images.

    7. Closest-ever rocky, transiting planet to Earth discovered

      IANS via Yahoo Maktoob NewsAug 04 03:25 AM

      Washington, Aug 4 (IANS) Astronomers have discovered the closest-ever rocky and transiting planet outside our solar system. At a distance of barely 21 light-years, the planet - named HD 219134 - is by far the closest transiting planet to Earth which makes it ideal for follow-up studies. Its host star is visible to the unaided eye in dark skies, meaning anyone with a good star map can see this ...

    8. NASA administrator Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden urged legislators to increase funding for NASA's Commercial Crew Program, in an editorial published on Friday in Wired magazine.

    9. New study shows the sun may have snatched Sedna, Biden and other objects away from a neighbor -- Read more on

    10. Astronomers at the Astronomical Union General Assembly in Honolulu claim superflares that disables power grids, GPS, and satellites strike Earth once every 350 years.

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