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Scientists are closer than ever to reaching the Earth’s gooey center.
To accomplish it, they’ll need to penetrate several miles of solid rock at the bottom of the ocean. This month, the project’s purpose-built Japanese drilling ship Chikyu embarks on a practice mission to bore down to a once-unthinkable 12,000 feet into the seabed.
Don’t sweat the apocalypse — there’s another planet out there just like ours! NASA scientists yesterday declared the discovery of a new world that’s remarkably similar to Earth. Meet Kepler-22b:
The planet has a surface which hovers around a balmy 72 degrees Fahrenheit and it rotates around a star similar to our sun, within what scientists call a “Goldilocks” or habitable zone.
That means the planet won’t be too hot or too cold — it’ll just stay at a moderate temperature, like that proverbial bowl of porridge.
The downside: Kepler-22b is 600 light years — about 3.5 quadrillion miles — away and orbits every 290 days around a ball of gas slightly smaller and cooler than ours.
There are 8.74M species on Earth, and most of them are undiscovered.
“Many species may vanish before we even know of their existence, of their unique niche and function in ecosystems, and of their potential contribution to improve human well-being,” lead scientist Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii told to the British Press Association.