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Trappist-1 Exoplanet System

Just 40 light-years away, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has just discovered seven rocky Earth-like planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. Of the seven, at least three appear to be in the habitable zone — meaning liquid water could be found on the surface. If any of these planets also carry oxygen and methane in their atmospheres, the presence of life is highly likely, making your alien dreams closer to a reality. In 2018, NASA plans on launching the James Webb Space Telescope to futher measure the chemical fingerprints of these exoplanets.

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    Tales from the Crypt

    Get ready, boils and ghouls: the Cryptkeeper is coming back. You can't die twice, and the iconic host of the original HBO series Tales from the Crypt is about to make a comeback. Director M. Night Shyamalan will help the reboot when it comes to TNT as part of their 2017 Horror Block.

  • Hollywood's Science Hotline

    Hollywood is great at making movies, but not so great at accurately portraying science and scientific concepts. While we don't want our flying superheroes subject to the reality of gravity, some of Hollywood's attempts at science in film shatter our suspension of disbelief. But hope is not lost — the last several years have seen a resurgence in science fiction and writers and directors that want as much scientific realism as possible. Vox looks at the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a consulting service that connects writers and scientists with the goal of sprinkling our science fiction with a little more science fact.