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- 24 February 2017 | Environment
NASA announced the discovery of the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star, called TRAPPIST-1.
The rocky planets are most likely to have liquid water and, as a result, the chances of finding life increase dramatically. At least, in three of them where atmospheric conditions are extremely favorable.
The newly-found exoplanet system was named Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) and is at about 40 light-years (235 trillion miles) from Earth.
- 15 February 2017 | Environment
Gabriel Barathieu has been named Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) 2017. His photo was chosen among 4,500 shots taken by professionals from 67 countries.
The French lensman won the award for his "Dancing Octopus," a stunning, vivid, and eye-catching picture of an octopus swimming in the island of Mayotte, off the coast of southeast Africa.
"I was surprised and proud when I received the email from [judge] Peter announcing that I was the winner of UPY 2017. I just couldn't believe it, so I asked him to confirm it was true," revealed Barathieu.
- 13 February 2017 | Environment
More than 600 pilot whales have stranded at Farewell Spit, Golden Bay, on New Zealand's South Island.
It was one of the most deadly mass strandings in the history of the country. Two large pods washed ashore with a 48-hour gap between each event.
Marine scientists still don't know why the pilot whales came ashore, but they believe the cetaceans could have been swimming away from sharks, and pushed into shallow waters.