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  1. Space

    Sun Erupts With Three X-Class Flares in One Day, Complete With Coronal Mass Ejections

    The Sun is ramping up towards its peak activity in its 11-year-cycle, and it's doing so in a big way. In one 24-hour period, the Sun has erupted with three progressively more intense X-class solar flares from the same region, each with its own coronal mass ejection. The CMEs are not heading in the direction of Earth, but could affect some spacecraft.

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  2. Science

    Scientists May Have Spotted a Tiny, Magma-Covered Exoplanet

    While observing the exoplanet GJ 436b orbiting its red-dwarf star, astronomers noticed something odd: Periodic fluctuations in light from the star indicating that there was perhaps another planet. One smaller than Earth, and possibly covered in glowing, molten rock. Who's up for a trip to Magma World?

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  3. Space

    Astronomers Discover Strange New “Species” of Galaxy, Possible Missing Link in Galactic Evolution

    Astronomers have discovered a strange new "species," so to speak, of galaxy. Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA astronomers discovered four of these ultra-red galaxies. Though they are able to describe the members of this type of galaxy, they are unable to explain what makes them so red in color.

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