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Israel plans to set up science parks, centers in peripheral regions

JERUSALEM, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Israel has launched a plan to establish science centers and science parks in peripheral regions, at a cost of 25 million shekels (about 7.3 million U.S. dollars), the Ministry for Development of the Negev and the Galilee said on Tuesday.

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Giant telescope to kick off search for alien life

GUIZHOU: The 500m Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), China’s mega science project and the world’s largest single-dish radio observatory, is embarking on a search for extraterrestrial intelligence, according to the Science and Technology Daily newspaper.

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For first time, scientists spot an alien planet as it is being formed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Astronomers have gazed into what appears to be a planetary maternity ward, observing for the first time within a huge disk of dense gas and dust surrounding a newly formed star a planet in the process of being born.

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Closest black hole to Earth has two partners in surprising celestial marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Astronomers have spotted the closest black hole to Earth ever discovered and are surprised about its living arrangements - residing harmoniously with two stars in a remarkable celestial marriage that may end in a nasty breakup.

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Interstellar gatecrasher 2I/Borisov is no ordinary comet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered that a comet called 2I/Borisov - only the second interstellar object ever detected passing through the solar system - is surprisingly different in its composition from comets hailing from our celestial neighborhood.