Giant exoplanet is ‘like a wrecking ball,’ astronomers say

(CNN)Astronomers have discovered an unlikely exoplanet with the strangest orbit they’ve ever witnessed more than 100 light-years away, according to a new study. “This planet is unlike the planets in our solar system, but more than that, it is unlike any other exoplanets we have discovered so far,” said Sarah Blunt, study author and California Institute of Technology graduate student . “Other planets detected far away from their stars tend to have very low eccentricities, meaning that their orbits are more circular. The fact that this planet has such a high eccentricity speaks to some difference in the way that it either formed or evolved relative to the other planets.” Astronomers detected the planet using the radial velocity method. The …

A Dutch runner breaks the 23-year-old record for the women’s mile

(CNN)The women’s world record in the mile run, which has stood for 23 years, finally fell on Friday. “I knew I could run fast but the first 800 was a bit slow, so after that I wasn’t thinking it would be a world record,” Hassan said in a statement from the International Association of Athletics Federations. “When I crossed the line I was so surprised. “After you run a last 400 like that, and set a world record, it gives me so much confidence over 5000m.” The 26-year-old Dutch runner’s previous best time was 4:14.71, set last year at the London Diamond League meet. Her new record shaved more than two seconds off that time. The athletic association has Hassan …

She’s only 19 — and just made tremendous saves as Jamaica’s goalie in the World Cup

(CNN)No one expected Jamaica to beat or even tie Brazil in their opening Women’s World Cup game Sunday. After all, Brazil is one of the best teams in the world. Schneider even caught the eye of Jamaican sprinter and Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, who sent out a tweet applauding the goalkeeper. Here’s what we know about Schneider. She started late. Most professional goalkeepers begin training young. But Schneider didn’t start until she was well into her teens. “I started when I was 14 or 15, and we were at a tournament and the coach threw me in the goal probably because of my height and I ended up being pretty decent at it,” Schneider told the Jamaica Observer. She …