Star in the constellation Pisces is 'eating' planets

Like the ancient Greek god Cronus who devoured his children, a star 550 light years from Earth has been discovered to be slowly consuming its "offspring" -- crushing one or more planets in its orbit into vast clouds of gas and dust according to Science daily.

The discovery may shed light on a brief but volatile period in the history of many solar systems, including our own.

"We know it's not uncommon for planets to migrate inward in young solar systems since we've found so many solar systems with 'hot Jupiters' -- gaseous planets similar in size to Jupiter but orbiting very close to their stars," said Pilachowski. "This is a very interesting phase in the evolution of planetary systems, and we're lucky to catch a solar system in the middle of the process since it happens so quickly compared to the lifetimes of stars."

Bruce McCandless, who made first untethered space flight, dies at 80

Bruce McCandless, who was captured in a stunning photograph in 1984 as he made the first untethered flight in space, has died aged 80, Nasa said.

With a jetpack, McCandless travelled 100m (328ft) from the Space Shuttle , according to BBC.

"That may have been one small step for Neil, but it's a heck of a big leap for me," he joked, adapting astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous moon-landing line.

Armstrong's words were in fact relayed to McCandless, who was in mission control for the moon landing in 1969.

Mars: Not as dry as it seems

When searching for life, scientists first look for an element key to sustaining it: fresh water.

Although today's Martian surface is barren, frozen and uninhabitable, a trail of evidence points to a once warmer, wetter planet, where water flowed freely. The conundrum of what happened to this water is long standing and unsolved, according to Science Daily.

Scientists, propose that the Martian surface reacted with the water and then absorbed it, increasing the rocks oxidation in the process, making the planet uninhabitable.

New approach for detecting planets in the Alpha Centauri system

 Astronomers have taken a fresh look at the nearby Alpha Centauri star system and found new ways to narrow the search for habitable planets there, according to Science Daily.

According to a study led by Professor Debra Fischer and graduate student Lily Zhao, there may be small, Earth-like planets in Alpha Centauri that have been overlooked. Meanwhile, the study ruled out the existence of a number of larger planets in the system that had popped up in previous models.

Do YOU hate cilantro? Scientists say the answer could be in your DNA

When it comes to cilantro, conversations often tend to get heated – you either love it or hate it.

The controversial herb has sparked many a debate at the dinner table, and according to a new video, the reason may be in your DNA, according to Daily Mail.

Scientists have found that a slight variation in a chromosome linked to your sense of smell may cause some people to perceive the flavour of cilantro as predominantly ‘soapy.’

The new video explores the so-called ‘cilantroversy’ in which people have become so divided on the herb.

Cilantro leaves are a common garnish on all sorts of dishes, from tacos to noodles, and the seeds, known as coriander, are a staple among the spices.

But, some people simply cannot stand the taste.

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