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Kepler-186f: The First Earth-size Habitable Zone Planet of Another Star

The diagram compares the planets of our inner solar system to Kepler-186, a five-planet star system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The five planets of Kepler-186 orbit an M dwarf, a star that is is half the size and mass of the sun.  Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech Kepler-186 and the…

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GMX 2013 – The best expo you’re not going to!

This past weekend, we were able to attend Geek Media Expo (GMX) in Franklin, TN.  The event is marketed as an expo instead of a convention, and this was certainly not like any convention we had ever attended.  The scheduling ranged from guest panel Q&As to swing dance lessons.  There were rooms for playing games,…

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