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‘Cassini has used a gravitational slingshot around Saturn’s moon Titan to put it on a path towards destruction. Saturday’s flyby swept the probe into an orbit that takes it in between the planet’s rings and its atmosphere.

This gap-run gives the satellite the chance finally to work out the length of a day on Saturn, and to determine the age of its stunning rings. But the manoeuvre means also that it cannot escape a fiery plunge into Saturn’s clouds in September.

The US space agency (Nasa) is calling an end to 12 years of exploration and discovery at Saturn because the probe’s propellant tanks are all but empty. Controllers cannot risk an unresponsive satellite one day crashing into – and contaminating – the gas giant’s potentially life-supporting moons, and so they have opted for a strategy that guarantees safe disposal.’

Read More: Cassini probe heads towards Saturn ‘grand finale’

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‘Dark energy is not so dark anymore…or existent. A new study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society asserts that the enigmatic dark energy doesn’t really exist. For the last two decades, it was believed that 68% of the universe was made from dark energy (in contrast, dark matter makes up 27% of the universe, while “ordinary” matter only accounts for 5%).

This dark energy explained that little something-something that described the motion of stars within galaxies, including the acceleration rate in which the universe expanded. And yes, that phrase was used intentionally: the fact is, astronomers had no real clue what they were seeing or how it influenced the universe.’

Read more: Scientists now claim ‘dark energy’ – which makes up 68% of the entire cosmos – may be totally imaginary

‘There may be good reason for your curiosity if you have ever wondered about what is really going on at the southernmost continent… With so many myths and rumors flying around about the place lately, we decided to do a little research of our own into the claims… which turned into a whole lot of research… and what was going to be a 10-minute video turned into this.’

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‘The unexplained disappearance of a Brazilian man has sparked a rush of conspiracy theories after it was discovered he left behind a room full of strange writings and a statue of a 16th century philosopher who is famous for his theories about space.

Bruno Borges has been missing since Monday March 27 when he mysteriously disappeared after a family dinner in the city of Rio Branco in northwest Brazil.

The psychology student’s disappearance sparked international interest after extraordinary footage, which is reportedly from the inside of Borges’ bedroom, was posted online.

The video shows the room’s walls and floor lined with hundreds of thousands of words of text as well as strange diagrams. There’s also a bookshelf full of books and 14 large notebooks full of writings with large roman numerals stamped on the covers.’

Read more: Alien-obsessed student disappears, leaving behind room full of strange writings

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‘Astronomers have detected a record seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star.

The researchers say that all seven could potentially support liquid water on the surface, depending on the other properties of those planets. But only three are within the conventional “habitable” zone where life is considered a possibility.

The compact system of exoplanets orbits Trappist-1, a low-mass, cool star located 40 light-years away from Earth.’

Read more: Star’s seven Earth-sized worlds set record

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‘Nasa is to host a major press conference on a “discovery beyond our solar system”.

The event will see the revelation of major information about exoplanets, or planets that orbit stars other than our sun, according to a release. It made no further mention of the details of what would be revealed.

Exoplanets are the major hope for life elsewhere in the universe, since many have been found that resemble our own Earth and could have the building blocks of life. More of them are being discovered all the time.’

Read more: Nasa to host major press conference on ‘discovery beyond our solar system’

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‘Starting on February 4th, each day WikiLeaks began sending out a series of cryptic question Tweets teasing the world about “Vault 7.”

The questions were framed in Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How format (but not in that order). Each came with an image “clue.”

Here they are in chronological order starting with the earliest.’

Read more: The Mystery Of WikiLeaks’ Cryptic ‘Vault 7’ – Do You Know What This Means?

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‘In Acre state, in the western Brazilian Amazon, an amazing discovery has been made. After flying drones over the area, scientists have discovered that the rain forest is also home to hundreds of ancient earthworks that resemble Stonehenge.

For the first time, its been proven that prehistoric settlers in Brazil created giant enclosures by clearing wooded areas — indicating that the “pristine” rain forest ecosytem that is so often celebrated by ecologists may not be so untouched after all.

Trees have been concealing the abandoned enclosures for centuries — but modern deforestation has unearthed more than 450 earthworks, or as archaeologists call them, “geolyphs.” Scientists from the United Kingdom and Brazil made the discovery last year, after flying drones in the area.’

Read more: Amazing discovery resembling Stonehenge found in Amazon rain forest

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‘Scientists have confirmed the existence of a “lost continent” under the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius (above) that was left-over by the break-up of the supercontinent, Gondwana, which started about 200 million years ago. The piece of crust, which was subsequently covered by young lava during volcanic eruptions on the island, seems to be a tiny piece of ancient continent, which broke off from the island of Madagascar, when Africa, India, Australia and Antarctica split up and formed the Indian Ocean.

“We are studying the break-up process of the continents, in order to understand the geological history of the planet,” says Wits geologist, Professor Lewis Ashwal, lead author on the paper “Archaean zircons in Miocene oceanic hotspot rocks establish ancient continental crust beneath Mauritius”, published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications.’

Read more: Existence of ‘Lost Continent’ Under Indian Ocean Confirmed – ‘Remnant of the Primeval SuperContinent Gondwana’

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