Science News of the Week – November 20th, 2015

Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, scientists have successfully used a laser to cool water for the first time. Lasers are usually associated with heating, but in this experiment infrared laser light was used to reduce the temperature of water. This process could have interesting applications in research and industrial processes. Read more from Tech Times here.

Second, the birth of planets around a distant star has been photographed for the first time. The exoplanet is a gas giant that is forming around the star LkCa 15, about 450 light years from earth. Read more from Scientific American here.

Third, an ancient fossilized forest has been discovered in the arctic region of Norway. The fossilized trees date back to 380 million years ago, when the area in which they were found was located close to the equator. These type of forests may have been responsible for the 15 fold reduction in carbon dioxide that occurred during the late Devonian period. Read more from Discovery News here.

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!

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