Monday, 19 January 2015

News Round-Up

It's another lazy Monday morning, and what better way is there to wake up your brain and look like you're working than by reading sciencey words on a screen. Here are the big stories of the last week.

[caption id="attachment_196" align="alignright" width="300"]Find me a new home, Kepler, Earth is kinda really awful. Kepler telescope finds new planets despite faulty system. Image credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle.[/caption]

Planet Discovered In Goldilocks Zone Around "Nearby" Star

The Kepler telescope has discovered three slightly-larger-than-Earth-sized planets in orbit around a dwarf star some 150 light-years away. One of these planets is thought to be in the star's Goldilocks zone, the "not-too-hot/not-too-cold" region of space around a star where water might exist on a planet. This planets are close enough for their atmospheres to be studied from Earth. More on Science Daily and IFLScience.

Daily 20-Minute Walk Helps Stave Off Premature Death

Just 20 minutes a day of walking is all that's required to reduce the risk of premature death, according to a study at Cambridge University. The study, which looked at the exercise habits of over 300,000 men and women over 12 years,  found that those who took in daily moderate exercise, the equivalent of a brisk, 20-minute walk, were up to 30% less likely to die prematurely than people classified as inactive. More on The Guardian.

Sharper By The Dozen - Shrimp Has 12 Retinas Per Eye

A shrimp with 12 retinas, the part of the eye that detects light, in each eye has been discovered living in the deep ocean. Researchers who made the discovery think this unique evolutionary strategy was adopted to allow the shrimp better vision without giving it large, obvious eyes that would be noticed by predators. Read more on IFLScience and Science.

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