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NASA joins forces with Breakthrough Listen to seek intelligent life on exoplanets

Breakthrough Listen, an initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe, will collaborate with scientists working on NASA’s TESS exoplanet search mission. Announced this week at the International Astronautics Congress in Washington, the agreement will expand the list of Breakthrough Listen objectives, adding more than 1,000 “objects of interest” identified by TESS ( Transiting …

Cosmic Yeti: astronomers discover the traces of a monstrous galaxy never seen before

A team of astronomers from the University of Arizona (USA) published the details of a monstrous galaxy never seen before this week in The Astrophysical Journal. They named it “Cosmic Yeti,” since photographing it is as difficult as photographing the footprints of the Yeti. Christina Williams, the lead author of the study, noticed a slight spot of light while …

Scientists: “We are dangerously close to creating conscious brains in the laboratory”

The scientific community is in danger of exceeding (if not already done) its ethical responsibilities in the race to study and understand the mysteries of the human brain. Scientists are close to creating conscious brains. Mini-brains, also known as organoids, have in recent years been a very important resource in neuroscience and related fields. And while …

Cosmic Scratch: This Hubble photo shows an asteroid crossing the Crab Nebula

When astronomers use the Hubble space telescope to study deep space, the asteroids of our solar system may appear by surprise in the images, leaving their characteristic marks in galaxies or background nebulae. But far from being bothered by these stelae that cross what would otherwise be a “clean” image, astronomers take advantage of the fortuitous …