Astronomers find a new type of planet: the "mega-Earth"

Astronomers announced today that they have discovered a new type of planet – a rocky world weighing 17 times as much as Earth. Theorists believed such a world couldn’t form because anything so hefty would grab hydrogen gas as it grew and become a Jupiter-like gas giant. This planet, though, is all solids and much bigger than previously discovered “super-Earths,” making it a “mega-Earth.””We were very surprised when we realized what we had found,” says astronomer Xavier Dumusque of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), who led the data analysis and made the discovery.”This is the Godzilla of Earths!” adds CfA researcher Dimitar Sasselov, director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative. “But unlike the movie monster, Kepler… »

Source: Solar News

New Unit 1 Findings Indicate Contamination Path

TEPCO’s new reports on the unit 1 torus room already showed that a vacuum breaker caused an issue. Now they are admitting some issues near the venting pipe, but we found even more.
The venting pipe has about 2.4 sieverts per hour near it as taken with the survey robot. Previous work found about 4 sieverts an hour in another section of that pipe on the first floor and considerable radiation coming from the vent pipe itself. The vent pipe outside after it joins the shared vent stack is extremely radioactive. It has not been determined if unit 1 or unit 2 caused the high radiation in the shared pipe outside.

On closer visual inspection it appears there is a crack in the torus tube next to the vent pipe and a dent in the vent pipe. This is evidence of event damage to the torus itself. TEPCO likely already suspects such …

Source: Fukushima Sub