- Predicting Extinctions with Climate Change Saturday, 8 March 2014, 5:00 am
A new NASA-funded study shows that the extinction risks brought about by climate change are not only high, but also predictable.
- New Insights into the Origin of Birds Friday, 7 March 2014, 5:00 pm
A new study suggests that flight in birds arose through several evolutionary steps, which began to occur at least 20 million years before the first bird.
- From Soup to Cells: Measuring the Emergence of Life Friday, 7 March 2014, 5:00 am
Astrobiologist Sara Walker is exploring ways to measure the transition from non-living to living matter. Her approach could broaden our understanding of how unique–or common–life might be in the uni
- Volcanoes Contribute to Recent Warming Hiatus Thursday, 6 March 2014, 5:00 pm
Volcanic eruptions in the early part of the 21st century have cooled the planet, according to a new study. This cooling partly offset the warming produced by greenhouse gases.
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- Math-Inspired Works of Art Monday, 10 March 2014, 10:30 pm
From alien angels to hyperbolic lamp shades, these works of art were created not with paintbrush or chisel, but with equations and geometry.
- Did "Cosmos" Pick the Wrong Hero? Monday, 10 March 2014, 6:07 pm
The first episode of the ambitious reboot of Cosmos, which debuted last night, closely follows the template of the first episode of the original. It also differs in some important ways–most of them r. […]
- Quest for the Higgs Boson Hits the Silver Screen Saturday, 8 March 2014, 1:30 am
A Q&A with producer David Kaplan about the making of “Particle Fever,” a behind-the-scenes documentary at the Large Hadron Collider.
- Four Great Eras of Exploration (and #4 is Happening Now) Thursday, 6 March 2014, 12:57 pm
Last week’s discovery of 715 planets orbiting other stars was more than just a remarkable piece of astronomical detective work. It was also a bold confirmation that we have entered a new era of cosmic. […]
- Boundaries for the Next Discovery Mission Selection Thursday, 20 February 2014, 9:52 pm
In my post a couple of weeks ago on the selection of NASA’s next low cost planetary mission, I said that the conditions NASA imposed on scientists proposing missions would determine much of what kin. […]
- Mission to a Metallic World: A Discovery Proposal to Fly to the Asteroid Psyche Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 6:23 am
Imagine flying deep within the asteroid belt to study the most unreachable location in the solar system: the deep core of a terrestrial world.That will be one asteroid mission that will be proposed fo. […]
- Discovery Next Thursday, 6 February 2014, 7:09 am
The Discovery program is unique in NASA’s planetary program. Within the budget constraints of each selection, the scientific community is free to propose any mission to any destination. In the l. […]
- Russia’s Lunar and Planetary Plans Wednesday, 22 January 2014, 6:05 am
In the several years I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve seldom written about the Russian planetary program as a whole. I’ve written about individual missions but I’ve not put all the pieces t. […]
- Datacenters Sunday, 26 January 2014, 3:21 am
Above: A Google Data Center Image source. A few weeks ago, there was an interesting article in the New York Times. On the flat lava plain of Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, near the Arctic Circle, you can fin. […]
- A Supernova in M82 Thursday, 23 January 2014, 2:32 am
I was startled today to learn that a Type Ia supernova has been spotted in M82 — a very nearby, very bright galaxy that even I can find with a backyard telescope. In the image just below, M82 is the. […]
- All over the map Saturday, 16 November 2013, 11:42 pm
The photometry from the Kepler Mission stopped flowing a while back, but results from the Mission will likely be arriving for decades to come. It’s interesting to look at how the mass-density diagra. […]
- 3:45 Sunday, 29 September 2013, 1:03 am
I’ve written several times, most recently last year, about the Pythagorean Three-Body Problem, which has just marked its first century in the literature (See Burrau, 1913). Assume that Newtonian Gra. […]