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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope discovered an Earth-like planet

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope discovered an Earth-like planet circling a nearby star within the Goldilocks zone of our galaxy. Kepler-186f is around 500 light-years from Earth in the Cygnus constellation. The habitable zone, also identified as the Goldilocks zone, is the area around a star within which planetary-mass objects with enough atmospheric pressure can sustain liquid water at their surfaces.

Although the size of Kepler-186f is known, its mass and composition are not. Previous research, however, suggests that a planet the size of Kepler-186f is likely to be rocky.

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“We know of just one planet where life exists — Earth. When we search for life outside our solar system we focus on finding planets with characteristics that mimic that of Earth,” said Elisa Quintana, research scientist at the SETI Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and lead author of the paper published today in the journal Science. “Finding a habitable zone planet comparable to Earth in size is a major step forward.”

Scientists recently added a whopping 301 newly validated exoplanets to the total exoplanet tally. The throng of planets is the latest to join the 4,569 already validated planets orbiting a multitude of distant stars. How did scientists discover such a huge number of planets, seemingly all at once? The answer lies with a new deep neural network called ExoMiner.

Deep neural networks are machine learning methods that automatically learn a task when provided with enough data. ExoMiner is a new deep neural network that leverages NASA’s Pleiades supercomputer, and can distinguish real exoplanets from different types of imposters, or “false positives.” Its design is inspired by various tests and properties human experts use to confirm new exoplanets. And it learns by using past confirmed exoplanets and false positive cases. 

ExoMiner supplements people who are pros at combing through data and deciphering what is and isn’t a planet. Specifically, data gathered by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft and K2, its follow-on mission. For missions like Kepler, with thousands of stars in its field of view, each holding the possibility to host multiple potential exoplanets, it’s a hugely time-consuming task to pore over massive datasets. ExoMiner solves this dilemma. 

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As the search for more exoplanets continues – with missions using transit photometry such as NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, and the European Space Agency’s upcoming PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars, or PLATO, mission – ExoMiner will have more opportunities to prove it’s up to the task. 

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The Haunting Echoes of the Past: How Adolf Hitler’s Mindset Persists in Today’s World Issues

The Haunting Echoes of the Past: How Adolf Hitler’s Mindset Persists in Today’s World Issues

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In the annals of history, few names evoke as much fear and horror as Adolf Hitler. His rise to power in the 1930s and the subsequent atrocities committed under his leadership, culminating in the Holocaust, have left an indelible mark on the world. Yet, despite the passage of time and the lessons learned from the Second World War, the echoes of Hitler’s mindset can still be heard reverberating in the issues that plague our world today.

The seeds of Hitler’s ideology were sown in the aftermath of World War I. The Treaty of Versailles, which imposed harsh conditions on Germany, fueled a sense of humiliation and resentment among the German population. Hitler capitalized on this sentiment, promising to restore Germany to its former glory. He blamed the country’s problems on the Jews, who he claimed were part of a global conspiracy to undermine the Aryan race. This scapegoating allowed Hitler to rally support for his cause and set the stage for the horrors that were to follow.

Fast forward to the present day, and we can see echoes of Hitler’s mindset in the rise of far-right movements and the resurgence of antisemitism. In recent years, there has been a disturbing increase in hate crimes against Jews, as well as other minority groups. The Anti-Defamation League reported a 34% increase in antisemitic incidents in the United States in 2019, the highest level in decades. This trend is not limited to the US; similar increases have been observed in Europe and other parts of the world.

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One of the reasons for this resurgence is the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories online. Just as Hitler used propaganda to spread his message, today’s far-right groups use social media and other online platforms to spread their ideologies. These groups often promote the idea of a “globalist” conspiracy, echoing Hitler’s claims about a Jewish conspiracy.

Another way in which Hitler’s mindset persists is in the use of scapegoating to distract from real issues. Just as Hitler blamed Germany’s problems on the Jews, today’s leaders and movements often blame immigrants, minorities, and other vulnerable groups for economic and social issues. This strategy is not only morally reprehensible, but it also prevents real solutions from being found.

The legacy of Hitler’s mindset is also evident in the rise of authoritarianism and the erosion of democratic norms. Hitler’s rise to power was facilitated by the breakdown of democratic institutions in Germany. Today, we see similar trends in countries around the world, with leaders undermining the rule of law, attacking the press, and eroding checks and balances on their power.

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In conclusion, the echoes of Adolf Hitler’s mindset can still be heard in the issues that plague our world today. From the resurgence of antisemitism to the rise of authoritarianism, the lessons of history have not been learned. It is up to all of us to stand up against hate and bigotry, to defend democratic values, and to ensure that the horrors of the past are never repeated.

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Jewish Professor DENIED entry at Columbia University

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Jewish Professor DENIED entry at Columbia University, where he works as an assistant professor, after Palestinian activists blocked all Jews from entering. Staff at the university also deactivated his access card.

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Israel Strikes Back: Seven Cities in Iran Reportedly Bombed Amidst Escalating Tensions

Israel Strikes Back: Seven Cities in Iran Reportedly Bombed Amidst Escalating Tensions

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ISRAEL has reportedly BOMBED 7 cities in IRAN.

n a significant escalation of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Iran, reports have emerged that Israel has conducted airstrikes targeting multiple cities within Iran. This development comes in the wake of a series of retaliatory actions and heightened tensions between the two nations.

Over the past week, Iran launched a barrage of more than 300 drones and missiles against Israel in retaliation for a strike on its consulate in Syria, an event that has further exacerbated the already volatile situation in the Middle East. The attacks from Iran reportedly prompted a swift response from Israel, leading to the reported bombing of seven cities in Iran.

The recent strikes by Israel mark a noteworthy shift in the dynamics of the conflict, as it is the first instance of direct military action by Israel targeting Iranian cities. The move underscores the growing intensity of the hostilities and the potential for further escalation.

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While details about the targets and the extent of the damage are still emerging, the attacks have sent shockwaves across the region, with fears of a broader regional conflict mounting. The situation remains fluid, and both nations have been engaged in diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the situation.

The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to address the crisis, with various nations expressing concern over the escalating violence. The international community has called for restraint and urged both sides to engage in dialogue to prevent further escalation.

Israeli officials have justified their actions as a necessary response to Iran’s aggression, while Iran has warned that any further attacks on its nuclear facilities could lead to a reevaluation of its stance on nuclear weapons. The situation remains tense, with both sides indicating a willingness to respond forcefully to perceived threats.

As the conflict continues to unfold, the international community watches with bated breath, hoping for a de-escalation of tensions and a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

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