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Positive: NASA telescope reveals largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a new exoplanet discovery: the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water - key to life as we know it - under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone. 'This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,' said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. 'Answering the question ''are we alone'' is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.'

Positive: - Interactive multimedia gallery highlights 'TRAPPIST-1' exoplanet discovery

News of an 'exoplanet' system called TRAPPIST-1 -- the most Earth-sized planets found in the habitable zone of a single star outside our solar system, was announced yesterday at a press conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This system of seven rocky worlds -- all of them with the potential for water on their surface -- is an exciting discovery in the search for life on other worlds, expert panelists said. Coinciding with publication of the results in the journal Nature, NASA has made available on a wide range of online resources - including an extensive multimedia gallery of TRAPPIST-1 images, video, and interactive experiences.

African Farmer Delivers Water to Wild Animals During Drought

This pea farmer may not own the wild animals that he watches over, but he he has been praised as a hero for making sure that they don’t die of thirst. Patrick Kilonzo Mwala takes four trips across Kenya every week to refill a watering hole that nourishes the local
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New polar bear for Assiniboine Park Zoo

The Assiniboine Park Zoo's polar bear population
is set to grow by one.

Positive: Vatican and Rome's Jewish Museum team up for menorah exhibit

Rome's Jewish community and the Vatican have teamed up to produce an exhaustive exhibition on the menorah* . . . an enduring symbol of Jewish culture and religion, in a collaboration that leaders of the two communities described as a further step in solidifying their ties. 'This is a historic event,' Ruth Dureghello, the president of Rome's Jewish community, said at a news conference on Feb. 20. The menorah has connections to Rome, she added, 'so such an important exhibit could only start here.' Jews and Catholics have a long history of mutual suspicion and conflict, but relations between the two religions have been increasingly positive [in the last fifty years]. The exhibit, 'Menorah: Worship, History, Legend,' which includes about 130 artifacts, will open in May and will be presented at the Vatican Museums and at Rome's Jewish Museum.

Success: Creativity and Transcendental Meditation: 'My silent awareness started to burst with creativity'

Where does creativity come from? 'The inner world of consciousness is the source of all creativity,' writes Ann Purcell, teacher of Transcendental Meditation and author. At the deepest level of the mind is a field of pure silence, or Being, which is beyond all the to-do lists, thoughts and feelings at the surface levels of our awareness, she explains. Anything can be created from this deepest level, in 'any field of expression - artistic, athletic, business. The more your awareness is open to the unbounded, limitless blank canvas of your mind, the more you can draw upon this field of infinite creativity.' Transcendental Meditation is a direct means to do this - a technique to 'go beyond the surface level of the mind until you transcend even the finest thinking level and experience the source of thought.' Not long after learning TM, she says, 'My silent awareness started to burst with creativity, with words and rhythms that were embedded in my soul.'