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Science story of the day: White dwarfs and the search for habital exo-planets

Finding planets outside of our solar system has become a regular occurrence. They’ve been found orbiting pulsars, multiple star systems (binary, trinary and even quaternery), red dwarfs, giants and white dwarfs.

However one of the more difficult parts of finding exo-planets has been determining the composition of their atmospheres (or if they have any at all).

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Science story of the day: Yet another study confirms rapid temp rise

A collaboration between Oregon University and Harvard University has collated the available temperature record studies for the past 11,300 years (just after the end of the last major ice age).

In doing so, they've confirmed that the last two hundred years has seen a rise in temperature faster than anything seen previously. While we haven't hit the highest temperature point yet (this was seen in the first couple of thousand years after the glaciers withdrew), the study has confirmed the IPCC prediction that post 2100 the earth will be hotter than at any point in the current era.

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