Super-Earths are bigger, more common and more habitable than Earth itself – and astronomers are more than the billions discover they think are out there

Astronomers think the most likely place to find life in the galaxy is on super-Earths, like Kepler-69c, seen in this artist’s rendering. (Image credit: NASA Ames/JPL-CalTech) This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Astronomers now routinely discover planets orbiting … Read more

‘Diamond rain’ on giant icy planets could be more common than previously thought

Studying a material that even more closely resembles the researchers composition of ice giants, found that oxygen boosts the formation of diamond rain. The team also found evidence that, in combination with the diamonds, a recently discovered phase of water, often described as “hot, black ice” could form. Credit: Greg Stewart/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory A … Read more

Social exclusion more common form of bullying than physical, verbal aggression

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Bullying is typically portrayed in a popular culture as either physical aggression, such as pushing and kicking, or verbal aggression, such as threats and derogatory insults. However, a new study at the University of Missouri highlights the social and emotional toll caused by “relational aggression,” which is the most common form … Read more