Newly Discovered ‘Extreme’ Alien Planet Is Super Hot At 5,800 Fahrenheit, Researchers Reveal

KEY POINTS

  • CHEOPS has released the results of its observation on alien planet WASP-189b
  • WASP-189b’s orbit is tilted dramatically and orbits its star every 2.7 Earth days
  • WASP-189b has temperatures reaching 5,800 Fahrenheit

The European Space Agency’s Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS) has recently discovered an alien planet about 1.6 times the size of Jupiter. Aside from having a strange orbit, it is also scorching hot.

WASP-189b, the newly discovered alien planet, was first detected in 2018 and has been recorded to have temperatures reaching 5,800 Fahrenheit — almost as hot as Earth’s outer core and is even hot enough to turn iron into gas, ESA’s study revealed.

Aside from having a size comparable to Jupiter, the exoplanet is also considered a “Hot Jupiter” due to its extremely short orbital period (2.7 Earth days). A Hot Jupiter is a gas planet with a “Jupiter-like” size that orbits very close to its

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Alien species to increase by 36 percent globally by 2050

Oct. 1 (UPI) — The number alien species is projected to increase by 36 percent by 2050, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Global Change Biology.

Species are classified as alien when they colonize habitat outside their native ranges.

To predict how many new species will become aliens in the decades ahead, researchers relied on a mathematical model to analyze current rates of invasion, consider the source pool of possible invaders and produce simulations based on a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario.

The model predicted that by the middle of the century, there will be 36 percent more alien plant and animal species than there were in 2005.

If current invasion rates continue apace, the data suggests Europe will fare particularly poorly, with the continent expected to welcome 2,500 new alien species over the next 45 years — a 64 percent increase, double the projected global increase.

“Our study

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‘Save Yourselves!’ Review: Alien Invasion in the Smartphone Generation

Imagine surviving an alien invasion when you’re a staunchly anti-gun Brooklyn millennial with no survival skills beyond making a sourdough starter. That amusing premise sets the stage for this apocalyptic comedy from the writer-directors Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, which should belong in a subgenre sillier than “mumblegore,” the horror offshoot of the low-budget, dialogue-heavy mumblecore.

Sunita Mani (“Glow”) and John Reynolds (“Search Party”) star as Su and Jack, a 30-something couple who have inadvertently fallen into a digital throuple with Alexa — of the Amazon kind — because of their Internet-addicted lifestyles. Determined to connect with each other and not their devices, the two make a pact to go upstate and turn off their phones and laptops. What a week to unplug: Extraterrestrials take over the world, but Su and Jack miss the news. What follows is an unconventional alien horror.

The quirky “Save Yourselves!” is not necessarily

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Alien species to increase by 36% worldwide by 2050

Alien species to increase by 36% worldwide by 2050
Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) originally from Africa and now established in Central and Western Europe. Credit: Professor Tim Blackburn, UCL

The number of alien (non-native) species, particularly insects, arthropods and birds, is expected to increase globally by 36% by the middle of this century, compared to 2005, finds new research by an international team involving UCL.


Published in Global Change Biology, the study also predicts the arrival of around 2,500 new alien species in Europe, which translates to an increase of 64% for the continent over the 45-year period.

The research team led by the German Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre hope it should be possible to reduce this number with stricter biosecurity regulations.

Alien species are those that humans have moved around the world to places where they do not naturally occur. More than 35,000 such species had been recorded by 2005 (the date of the most

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New Android Malware ‘Alien’ Targeting Coinbase Wallets Can Steal Passwords

KEY POINTS

  • Alien is based on Cerberus, a notorious malware that affected Google Play store
  • The malware can harvest and forward SMS messages, steal login credentials, and display fake login pages to users
  • Alien targets financial and cryptocurrency apps

A new Android malware, named “Alien”, targeting financial apps is capable of stealing credentials from 226 applications including cryptocurrency apps like Coinbase, according to security researchers from ThreatFabric.

The researchers say Alien has been active since the beginning of 2020 and is being offered as a “Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS)” in underground forums. The team noted that Alien was based on the source code for Cerberus, a notorious malware that Google’s security team was able to control by August 2020, Cointelegraph reported. 

Alien, even though it has the same base code as Cerberus, is more advanced and can intercept Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) codes and mimic and overlay content on top of other apps.

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