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Hubble sees 'ghost light' from dead galaxies
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened 4 billion light-years away, inside an immense collection of nearly 500 galaxies nicknamed 'Pandora's Cluster,' also known as Abell 2744

2014 Antarctic ozone hole holds steady
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The size of this year's hole was 24.1 million square kilometers (9.3 million square miles) -- an area roughly the size of North America.

They know the drill: UW leads the league in boring through ice sheets
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Hollow coring drills designed and managed by UW-Madison's Ice Drilling Design and Operations program are used to extract ice cores that can analyze the past atmosphere. Shaun Marcott, an assistant professor of geoscience at UW-Madison, was the first author of a paper published today in the journal Nature documenting carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 23,000 and 9,000 years ago, based on data from an 11,000-foot hole in Antarctica.

Twenty-first Eastern Pacific tropical depression born on Oct. 30
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of the birth of the Eastern Pacific Ocean's twenty-first tropical depression, located far south of Acapulco, Mexico.

NASA sees Cyclone Nilofar looking more like a comet than a tropical cyclone
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone Nilofar was closing in on the border between Pakistan and northwestern India on Oct. 30 when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead from space. Wind shear continued to affect the storm making it appear more like a comet with a tail, than a tropical cyclone.

Is space tourism safe or do civilians risk health effects?
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Several companies are developing spacecraft designed to take ordinary citizens, not astronauts, on short trips into space. 'Space tourism' and short periods of weightlessness appear to be safe for most individuals according to a series of articles on space biomedicine published in New Space.

Yale finds a planet that won't stick to a schedule
(Yale University) For their latest discovery, Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunters program have found a low-mass, low-density planet with a punctuality problem. The new planet, called PH3c, is located 2,300 light years from Earth and has an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium. It is described in the Oct. 29 online edition of The Astrophysical Journal.

New study finds oceans arrived early to Earth
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Earth is known as the Blue Planet because of its oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the planet's surface and are home to the world's greatest diversity of life. While water is essential for life on the planet, the answers to two key questions have eluded us: where did Earth's water come from and when?

Griffith scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds
(Griffith University) Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory on parallel universes.In a paper published in the journal Physical Review X, Professor Howard Wiseman and Dr. Michael Hall from Griffith's Centre for Quantum Dynamics, and Dr. Dirk-Andre Deckert from the University of California, propose that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Nilofar being affected by wind shear
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Wind shear has kicked in and has been pushing clouds and showers away from Tropical Cyclone Nilofar's center. NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image that showed the effects of the shear on Oct. 29.

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