Scientists made a groundbreaking exoplanet discovery, San Francisco is experiencing major flight delays, and we take a look back at how people communicated on September 11, 2001. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
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Scientists found water vapor on the most habitable exoplanet yet
A team of astronomers from University College London have detected water vapor in the atmosphere of a “super-Earth” planet outside our own solar system. It’s the first time water has been detected in the atmosphere of an exoplanet that isn’t a gas giant, and while it makes it the most habitable exoplanet currently known, that doesn’t mean it actually hosts life.
Here’s why your flight to San Francisco was three hours late
San Francisco International Airport is rebuilding a 1,900 foot stretch of a 60-year old runway, and it’s causing traveler mayhem. On Tuesday alone, 208 flights into and out of SFO were delayed; 103 were canceled. While the airport will work to mitigate such issues, they won’t go away completely until the runway reopens—which is currently scheduled for September 27.
Fast Fact: 80 million
That’s how many Americans watched news shows the night of September 11, 2001, after a deadly terrorist attack in New York City, according to Nielsen ratings. At the time, pagers and Blackberry devices led the way in technology, and news was not yet consumed on social media platforms. Our contributing writer imagines if it had.
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