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Venus twin a real sizzler

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—There’s a new rocky Earth-size planet on our galactic block—and it’s a sizzler.

Astrophysicists yesterday revealed the newfound world, which is named GJ 1132b after the small nearby star that it orbits.

Even though the mercury can hit 450 degrees F on this planet, it’s cool enough to have a thick Venus-like atmosphere.

Museum unveils rare dinosaur find

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Paleontologists with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science yesterday unveiled the first baby Pentaceratops skull ever discovered as hundreds of people lined up to get a look.

Scientists had cut open the giant plaster jacket that protected the skull as it was airlifted out of the desert badlands of northwestern New Mexico and trucked to the museum.

Ozone hole swells

GENEVA—The Antarctic ozone hole has swelled this month to one of its biggest sizes on record, U.N. and U.S. scientists say.

They insist the Earth-shielding ozone layer remains on track to long-term recovery but residents of the southern hemisphere should be on watch for high UV levels in the weeks ahead.

NASA needs better handle on health hazards for Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA needs to get cracking if it wants to keep its astronauts alive and well on missions to Mars, according to an in-house report issued Thursday.

In an extensive audit, NASA’s inspector general office looked at the space agency’s overall effort to keep astronauts safe during lengthy space missions ‚Äî especially trips to Mars, currently targeted for the 2030s.

UN weather body: Antarctic ozone hole expands due to cold

GENEVA The U.N.’s weather body says unusually cold high-altitude conditions have expanded the Antarctic ozone hole to one of the largest sizes on record, though the long-term trend remains one of shrinkage.

The World Meteorological Organizations notes regular, year-to-year variations in the hole, but says the expansion shows “we need to remain vigilant.”