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Japan: Tsunami was "Merger" of two waves
The tsunami which devastated northern Japan and killed nearly 16,000 people was caused by a 9.0 earthquake. The tsunami was even stronger than it otherwise would have been because two waves combined to form it.
China: Tectonic plate discovered
Geophysicists have discovered a previously unknown tectonic plate under Tibet.
Exoplanet discovered which orbits two stars
Before, many scientists thought that binary stars could not harbor planets because of unstable orbits. Now the Kepler space telescope has found such a planet which raises the number of potential planets somewhat.
Scientist calls for faith in global warming despite no longer rising temperatures
Professor Richard Muller, of Berkeley University in California has admitted that his own data suggests that world temperatures have not risen for about 13 years, but still says that his research ‘proved you should not be a sceptic, at least not any longer’.
First Russian rocket launched from French Guiana
A pair of Europe's Galileo in-orbit validation satellites were launched aboard a Soyuz rocket on October 21st. The South American spaceport has recently added facilities to launch Soyuz rockets.
NASA releases global fire map
NASA has released a series of new satellite data visualizations that show tens of millions of fires detected worldwide from space since 2002.
12/12/2011      share:derubg

Kepler Mission Finds 2000 Planets

As of December 2011, the Kepler mission has found 2,326 planet candidates, which means that while not all of those have been confirmed, signs of planets as they move between their star and Earth have been detected. Of these, 207 are approximately Earth-size, 680 are super Earth-size, 1,181 are Neptune-size, 203 are Jupiter-size and 55 are larger than Jupiter.

_A recent discovery by Kepler is Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. The planet is 2.4 times the size of Earth, making it the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star like our sun.
Kepler-22b, Super-Earth in the habitable zone of a Sun-like StarKepler TeamNASA05/12/2011
Exoplanet discovered which orbits two stars 11/06/2011
First Exoplanet found indirectly by observing other exoplanet's orbit 09/14/2011
These follow-up articles used this article as a reference:
Mars-sized exoplanet found01/16/2012
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