NASA scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory announced today that an entire system of Earth-like planets exists just 40-light-years away. Of these seven, three lie in the star's habitable "Goldilocks" zone, meaning that all may have entire oceans of liquid water, increasing the possibility of life. "The energy output from dwarf stars like TRAPPIST-1 is much weaker than that of our Sun. Planets would need to be in far closer orbits than we see in the Solar System if there is to be surface water. Fortunately, it seems that this kind of compact configuration is just what we see around TRAPPIST-1," said researcher Amaury Triaud. Continue reading for two more videos, including one explaining how long it would take for humans to get there.
Scientists have tried in vain to produce a metal from hydrogen for the past 80-years, a substance thought to be present on other planets. Metallic hydrogen could be used to make a rocket propellant four times more powerful than what's currently available. Two scientists, Ranga Dias and Isaac Silvera, at Harvard University claimed to have discovered this super substance. This was made possible by squeezing hydrogen between diamonds inside a cryostat, at a pressure even greater than that at the Earth's center. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Super Mario Run is basically split into three modes, the first being World Tour, which consists 24 levels - priced at $9.99 - each with increasing difficulty. Unlike previous games, Mario runs from left to right automatically, and by tapping the screen, you can make the character jump, spring off enemies, wall jump or spin in the air as he descends. Finishing World Tour may not be difficult, but similar to Super Mario 64, you'll have to go back to collect the five Challenge Coins. A boss in either an airship level or a castle level appears after every world to keep things interesting. Unfortunately, you'll have to always have a data connection or the game will pause. Continue reading for a hands-on video preview and more information.
A giant sinkhole opened up in the middle of a busy Japanese city on Tuesday, swallowing a five-lane street near the main railway station. The large hole, around 98-feet wide, exposed support columns of buildings nearby at a traffic intersection in the southern city of Fukuoka, prompting fears of further collapses. Television footage showed two separate holes steadily expanding as they sucked in asphalt and soil in front of the city's Hakata Station. Continue reading for two street-level videos, more pictures and additional information.
Previously known as the NX, the Nintendo Switch has officially been unveiled, and it's a doozy. This console can be used as both a portable and living room, complete with high-def display that undocks from its TV-connected charger. A Joy-Con, or the two sides of the normal controller, also snap out, can also be removed to serve as separate, more basic controllers for multiplayer games. It's powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra processor, and so far, 48 software companies have pledged support. Expect this to hit stores in March 2017 - pricing yet to be announced. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for a video detailing five things you should know, and additional information.
NASA's Juno Probe is a solar-powered spacecraft has finally reached Jupiter after 5-years and 1.8-billion miles. It fired its main rocket engine at 11:18pm ET, and quickly slowed from 165,000 mph into a sweeping orbit around the planet. The Juno spacecraft's suite of science instruments will determine the ratio of oxygen to hydrogen, effectively measuring the abundance of water in Jupiter, which will help distinguish among prevailing theories linking Jupiter's formation to the Solar System. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here to view a few bonus images of Jupiter.
Anton Yelchin, known for his character Chekov in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films, died in a freak accident early Sunday morning at the age of 27. "They went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate," according to a report. This discovery was made at 1am, after Yelchin was several hours late for a rehearsal with friends. The car engine was reportedly still running, and the transmission in neutral. Continue reading for a video of Star Trek bloopers, featuring Yelchin, in happier times.
"Right-handed" and "left-handed" molecule compounds are essential to all life on Earth, and have been found in meteors as well as comets, but now, for the first time, one has been spotted in interstellar space. Finding such chiral molecules, or "life's first handshake", in space, can help researchers understand the development of life on Earth, which is rich in those complex molecules. Continue reading for a video and more information. Click here for a few bonus space images.
Stephen Hawking announced today that he's partnered with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to launch project "Breakthrough Starshot". This $100-million endeavor will utilize 'nanocraft' flying technology, or in other words, sails pushed by beams of light through the universe. Their goal is a 20-year mission to reach the Alpha Centauri star system, located 25-trillion miles away, in search of intelligent alien life. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Available in black, silver or red, and priced from $35,000, the Tesla Model 3 will have a range of 215-miles, with supercharging being a standard feature, making it easy for owners to recharge while on the road in just minutes. Elon Musk claimed that the base model can go from 0-60 mph in under 6-seconds, possibly faster on higher-end, dual-motor configurations. Click here for more pictures of the Model 3. Continue reading for two more videos, including a test drive, and additional information.