Water Detected In The Atmosphere Of A Potentially Habitable Exoplanet For The First Time

A team of astronomers from University College London have discovered water molecules in the atmosphere of a nearby exoplanet, a super-Earth twice the size of our planet and eight times its mass. This object is located in the habitable zone of its host star, making this the first detection of water in a world that could potentially host life. The planet is known as K2-18b and is located 110 light-years away. It orbits its red dwarf star every 33 days and has a companion planet, a second super-Earth that is closer to the star and likely too hot to support life. As reported in Nature Astronomy, the team studied K2-18b’s atmosphere and detected a clear water signature. “Finding water in a potentially habitable …

Playwright Peter Nichols dies aged 92

A new production of the play is about to open in London starring Toby Stephens, Patricia Hodge and Claire Skinner. The musical comedy Privates on Parade was inspired by Nichols’ own experiences in the real-life Combined Services Entertainment, which provided live entertainment to the British armed forces. It was adapted for the big screen in 1982, starring John Cleese, and was revived in 2012 as the opening production of the first season from the Michael Grandage Company at the Noël Coward Theatre in London, with Simon Russell Beale in the lead. Related Topics Theatre Original Article : HERE ;

Wife’s lover’s DNA ‘found in murdered man’s car’

Mrs Taylor, of Charlton Road, Charlton, is accused of encouraging Mr Cannon, of Pirton Road, Hitchin, to set light to Mr Taylor’s car on 26 May 2018 when it was parked outside his home in Harkness Hall, in Gosmore near Hitchin. St Albans Crown Court heard a white towel doused with liquid was wrapped around the steering wheel and an end placed into a green petrol-type can. DNA samples from a partially burned white towel and a blue and white checked shirt recovered from the scene matched that of Mr Cannon. Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption Police officers searched a farm belonging to Mrs Taylor

Narcissists May Lack A Fundamental Ability When It Comes To Making Decisions

Narcissists may lack the ability to make decisions based on thoughtful interpretation and critical thinking and even when wrong, individuals with narcissistic traits may be unable to effectively reflect on their answer. To come to these conclusions, researchers assessed traits typically associated with narcissism, such as impulsiveness and cognitive reflection, as well as two types of narcissism, grandiose and vulnerable. Grandiose narcissists tend to have higher self-esteem and view themselves as more entitled than and superior to others. On the other hand, vulnerable narcissists tend to be insecure, introverted, defensive, and have lower self-esteem. However, both tend to be excessively self-focused and impulsive, often thinking highly of their intellectual ability and will perceive themselves as critical thinkers even when they …

Plant-based diets ‘linked to higher stroke risk’

Half of participants, recruited between 1993 and 2001, were meat-eaters, just over 16,000 vegetarian or vegan, with 7,500 who described themselves as pescetarian (fish-eating). They were asked about their diets, when they joined the study and again in 2010. Medical history, smoking and physical activity were taken into account, Altogether, there were 2,820 cases of coronary heart disease (CHD) and 1.072 cases of stroke – including 300 haemorrhagic strokes, which happen when a weakened blood vessel bursts and bleeds into the brain. The pescetarians were found to have a 13% lower risk of CHD than the meat-eaters, while the vegetarians and vegans had a 22% lower risk. But those on plant-based diets had a 20% higher risk of stroke. The …

PM to ‘test law to limit’ to avoid Brexit delay

Brexit’s big week: Five things that happened this weekend Amber Rudd quits cabinet blaming Brexit inaction Mr Raab called the legislation “lousy” and said it “weakened” the government’s negotiating position in Brussels. “That legislation is lousy, it envisages multiple delays, it would effectively force us to accept conditions from the EU however vindictive, punitive and harsh they may be,” he told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme. He added: “We will adhere to the law but we will also – because this is such a bad piece of legislation – want to test to the limit what it actually lawfully requires.” He insisted testing the law’s limits is “the responsible thing to do” and accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn …

Sister Of NBA Star Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Charged In 84-Year-Old Woman’s Death

robbery and death of an 84-year-old at a California casino. Kimesha Williams, 35, is one of two women who’s been charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the incident, a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department The spokesman would not comment on Williams’ connection with Leonard but the According to court documents, surveillance footage showed Williams and 39-year-old Candace Townsel following Assad into a casino bathroom on the morning of Aug. 31. The two women exited the bathroom minutes later and left the premises; an unconscious Assad was found by a witness ― her skull broken and her purse, which had about $1,000 inside, missing. Investigators described Williams in court documents as having “ The outlet added that Williams has …

Buttigieg: ‘I feel sorry for the President’ after he showed apparently altered hurricane map

(CNN)Pete Buttigieg said Thursday he feels “sorry for the President” after Donald Trump used an apparently altered National Weather Service map to vindicate his erroneous claim Hurricane Dorian would affect Alabama, calling the President’s comments “literally pathetic.” “Look, when the presidency has been reduced to this, all of us are diminished because the presidency is supposed to be something we all look up to, even if we disagree with the President… what we’re seeing there is literally pathetic,” he continued. “It makes you feel a kind of pity for everybody involved, and that’s not how I want to feel about a president whether it’s for my party or the other.” Buttigieg also defended tying climate change to faith during his …

Yang Gang: meet the fans of the 2020 hopeful who wants to give Americans $1,000 a month

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang is in many ways the dark horse of the Democratic race The Yang Gang are huddled round a collection of tables in the back of the Bayou Beer Garden in New Orleans knocking back local beers. Its a beautiful evening, its dry, the sun is out and the gang have been spared the citys often oppressive humidity. But they are not happy. Andrew Yang, the tech entrepreneur turned presidential candidate, is being given the cold shoulder by the mainstream media, says Scott Santens, a writer and Yang advocate. As his chihuahua Titus plays in his lap Santens shows me his Twitter feed where he has documented how many times Yang has been slighted. One screenshot from …

NASA Snaps Bright Flash Of X-Rays But Its Source Remains A Mystery

NASA’s telescope NuSTAR is designed to spot energetic X-ray lights coming from the cosmos. These signals often come from supernovae and supermassive black holes but a team of researchers has recently found one without a straightforward explanation. When looking at the Fireworks galaxy (also known as NGC 6946), they discovered a transient event that appeared and disappeared over less than three weeks. The green blob in the main image wasn’t there in the first set of observations; it suddenly appeared in the second set, which was conducted 10 days later. When the researchers checked again after another 10 days, the signal had gone for good. The observations are reported in The Astrophysical Journal and were part of a wider investigation of NGC …

Walmart Says It Will Stop Selling Handgun Ammunition

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer also said it would ask shoppers not to openly carry firearms in its stores, even in states that allow doing so. Prior to the El Paso shooting, which left 22 people dead, a Walmart employee who had been suspended “As a company, we experienced two horrific events in one week, and we will never be the same,” Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon Walmart said it would stop selling short-barrel rifle ammunition, including the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber sometimes used in high-capacity magazines on assault-style weapons. The company also said it would discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, the only remaining state where Walmart sells handguns. The CEO noted that the changes will allow Walmart to focus solely …

Largest Ever Study On Ancient DNA Sheds Light On Modern South Asians’ Complex Ancestry

Recent advances in DNA analysis have enabled scientists to determine the ancestry of people living thousands of years ago – a feat that would not have been possible just a few years ago. Now, two papers have used genome analysis to unravel the history of people living in South and Central Asia. The first, published in Science, involved decoding genomes harvested from 523 ancient people who lived in a region spanning Iran, Russia, and India between 3,000 and12,000 years ago, making it the largest study of ancient DNA published to date, the study authors say. The project has increased the number of published ancient genomes by 25 percent and shifted the focus of that data further eastwards, as previous analysis has almost entirely centered on Europe. These were then compared to the ancestry …

Jimmy Kimmel Thinks Mike Pence Is (From) Out Of This World

Jimmy Kimmel on Friday presented his case for why he believes Vice President The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host offered multiple examples of what he thought was alienlike behavior from the GOP former governor of Indiana. Check out the segment above. RELATED COVERAGE Trump Tries To Troll CNN Over Alabama, Embarrassingly Undercuts Own Argument Anderson Cooper Tries His Best To Make Trump's New Nickname Work, Fails Mike Pence Got Colorfully Taunted On His Way To Meet Iceland’s President REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.