Life in the abyss, a spectacular and fragile struggle for survival

Deep sea jelly fish in the Celebes Sea near the Philippines. Cloaked in darkness and mystery, the creatures of the deep oceans exist in a world of unlikely profusion, surviving on scant food and under pressure that would crush human lungs. This extremely hostile environment, which will come under the spotlight at a major United … Read more

Fragile orbits of seven exoplanets could survive only limited early bombardment — ScienceDaily

Seven Earth-sized planets orbit the star TRAPPIST-1 in near-perfect harmony, and US and European researchers have used that harmony to determine how much physical abuse the planets could have withstood in their infancy. “After rocky planets form, things bash into them,” said astrophysicist Sean Raymond of the University of Bordeaux in France. “It’s called bombardment, … Read more