Kepler-452b: NASA Mission Discovers ‘Older, Bigger Cousin’ to Earth

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NASA on Thursday announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, the most Earth-like planet ever found. Located 1,400 light-years from our planet, NASA called it “Earth 2.0,” because it’s the first small, rocky planet discovered in the habitable zone of a G star similar to our sun.

“We can think of Kepler-452b as an older, bigger cousin to Earth, providing an opportunity to understand and reflect upon Earth’s evolving environment,” said Jon Jenkins, the Kepler data analysis lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

The planet is 5 percent farther away from its star than Earth is to the sun, making for a slightly longer year of 385 days, but gets similar light because its sun is 20 percent brighter than our own.


!!!!!EarthsCousin1An artist’s concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter. NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle



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Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22, Family Confirms

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, the only daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died Sunday, nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub of her home, her family said.

Brown has been unresponsive in hospitals and hospice care since she was found in her Roswell, Georgia, home on Jan. 31. Her family said she suffered irreversible brain damage.

“She is finally at peace in the arms of God,” her family told NBC News in a statement. “We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”



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‘It Takes Us’ Photo Project Shows Survivors Of Gun Violence

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As the nation reels from yet another high-profile gun violence tragedy — this time in  a movie theater in Louisiana — photographer Joe Quint was, sadly, not surprised. 
“We’ve come to accept [gun violence] as tragic and awful and a part of life, but no one expects to be sitting in a movie theater and watching a comedy and someone stands up and starts shooting,” Quint told The Huffington Post Friday. “That’s not normal.”
Despite the abnormality of the experience, Americans “haven’t had the collective shift in consciousness yet to rise up with a unified voice and say ‘enough’.”


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“A sound came out of me that I don’t ever want to hear again,” says Eric, as he remembers identifying the body of his daughter, who was killed in a mass shooting at Northern Illinois University.



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Port Arthur Massacre: The Shooting Spree That Changed Australia’s Gun Laws

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The question is often asked in the somber aftermath of a shooting massacre: how many deaths will it take before America changes its gun laws?

And while a political solution remains elusive, mass killings such as those in Charleston, Chattanooga and Lafayette continue with alarming frequency across the U.S. — a recent study found one occurs in America every two weeks.

But for Australia, a single massacre changed everything.


Image: Martin BryantMartin Bryant pleaded guilty to all 35 murders at Port Arthur. Reuters



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How Outer Space is Becoming the Next Internet

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 An hour after sunrise on June 28, Mike Safyan and nine co-workers from Planet Labs gathered in their San Francisco office for a pancake breakfast. It was a Sunday, so business was closed.

But this weekend morning was too momentous for Safyan and crew to stay home. Their 5-year-old start-up, which builds shoebox-sized satellites to orbit Earth and capture images of the planet, had eight “doves,” as they’re known, aboard an unmanned SpaceX capsule that was headed for the International Space Station.

If all went as planned, within about a month those satellites would join a fleet of 36 Planet Labs doves orbiting the Earth.




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Shooting At Louisiana Theater Leaves 3 Dead, Including Gunman

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Police described alleged shooter as a “drifter.”

A gunman opened fire Thursday night in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, killing two people and himself. 

The shooter, identified on Friday as John Russel Houser, 59, was described by police as a drifter who was living in a motel.

Police identified the two victims as 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson. Nine other people were wounded.


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