We’ve Finally Found Our Sun’s Long-Lost Sister

‘For the first time ever, astronomers have identified a star that emerged from the same cloud of dust and gas as our own. Intriguingly, there’s a “small, but not zero” chance that our sister sun hosts planets hospitable to life.

For those of you who have been watching the rebooted Cosmos series, this announcement couldn’t have been more timely. As Neil deGrasse Tyson just noted in a recent episode, our sun, along with others, formed in a massive cloud of dust and gas called a nebula. Consequently, it must have so-called “stellar siblings” floating around somewhere relatively near, but to date none have ever been found. Well, until now.’ (io9)

How To Fight A Bear And Win

‘The most common large predators you’ll encounter outdoors in North America, bears also really, really, really want to eat your food and sometimes even you. Here’s how to keep them from getting either.’ (Gizmodo)