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Exiled exoplanet likely kicked out of star's neighborhood
(University of California - Berkeley) The Gemini Planet Imager and the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed details of an unusual exoplanet and its star that suggest the planetary system underwent a violent episode in its early history that ejected the planet to a distance equivalent to 16 times the Earth-Pluto distance and roiled the comet belt closer to the star. This resembles what many people think happened in our solar system's past.

NASA IMERG data Hurricane Sandra's heavy rainfall
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Hurricane Sandra fizzled in the southern Gulf of California before moving ashore but on its journey north it was close enough to drop more than two feet of rainfall along part of the coast of western Mexico. Data from NASA's Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) were used to estimate the amount of rainfall that hurricane Sandra produced during the period from Nov. 23-29, 2015.

Why Europe will soon be cold?
(Lomonosov Moscow State University) While the politicians are taking part in global climate talks in Paris, a group of scientists with contributions from Elena Popova from Lomonosov Moscow State University regained solar activity over the past thousand years and made the forecast to the year 3200.

European Geosciences Union meeting: Media registration now open
(European Geosciences Union) The 2016 General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union provides an opportunity for journalists to hear about the latest research in the Earth, planetary and space sciences, and to talk to scientists from all over the world. The meeting, the largest geosciences conference in Europe, brings together some 12,000 researchers, and is taking place in Vienna, Austria, from April 17 to 22.

Waterloo to lead new experiment aboard International Space Station
(University of Waterloo) A spacecraft carrying supplies for a new physiology experiment led by a University of Waterloo researcher will launch to the International Space Station on Thursday, the Canadian Space Agency announced.

NASA's Webb 'Pathfinder Telescope' successfully completes second super-cold optical test
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Recently, the James Webb Space Telescope's 'pathfinder telescope,' or 'Pathfinder' completed its second super-cold optical test that resulted in the first checkout of specialized optical test equipment designed to illuminate the telescope's optics through to the instrument focal planes, and the procedures used to operate this test equipment.

Simulation shows key to building powerful magnetic fields
(California Institute of Technology) New simulations show how a dynamo in collapsed massive stars can build the strong magnetic fields needed to power extremely energetic blasts.

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Tuni becomes extra-tropical
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's GPM core satellite and NOAA's GOES-West satellite saw the Southern Pacific Ocean's Tropical Storm Tuni was being battered by wind shear and had lost its tropical characteristics.

Unveiling the turbulent times of a dying star
(Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics) Running sophisticated simulations on a powerful supercomputer, an international research team has glimpsed the unique turbulence that fuels stellar explosions.

Factoring for cosmic radiation could help set a more accurate 'molecular clock'
(University of Kansas) Since the 1960s, scientists have theorized the number of molecular differences in DNA, RNA and proteins from related species could pinpoint the time of their genetic divergence. A new paper by Adrian Melott at the University of Kansas examines a major hiccup in the molecular clock theory. The problem is that fossil evidence doesn't always sync with molecular dating for a variety of species.

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