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  1. New Exomoon Hunting Technique Could Find Solar System-like Moons Monday, 12 May 2014, 4:00 am
    Looking for tiny, additional shadows built up during multiple mini-eclipses of stars could reveal the existence of exomoons.
  2. NASA Simulator Successfully Recreates Space Dust Sunday, 11 May 2014, 4:00 am
    Scientists on Earth have reproduced a process in the atmosphere of red giant stars that produces interstellar dust.
  3. Cassini Spies the Ice-Giant Planet Uranus Saturday, 10 May 2014, 4:00 pm
    NASA s Cassini spacecraft has captured its first-ever image of the pale blue ice-giant planet Uranus in the distance beyond Saturn s rings.
  4. A Difficult Search for Life on Exoplanets Saturday, 10 May 2014, 4:00 am
    A new study shows that searching for life on extrasolar planets could be more difficult than previously thought.

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Space & Physics

  1. Your Childhood Was Lame: Tops Don’t Have to Be Round Anymore Friday, 15 August 2014, 1:16 pm
    Sure, the baby doll that closed her eyes when you held her horizontally was kind of cool. But she’s not much competition for a break-dancing armadillo. Researchers at Disney Research Zurich—who norm. […]
  2. It Only Takes Six Generations to Turn a Brown Butterfly Purple Friday, 8 August 2014, 2:27 pm
    Evolution can seem like a slow way to get things done. It took more than a billion years for Earth’s life forms to try having more than one cell. In the famous March of Progress illustration showing. […]
  3. Did NASA Validate an "Impossible" Space Drive? In a Word, No. Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 8:27 am
    Physicist John Baez has another, more colorful word to describe the spate of recent reports about a breakthrough space engine that produces thrust without any propellant. The word starts with “bull–.. […]
  4. A Black Hole Close-Up, and a Telescope as Big as the World Friday, 1 August 2014, 3:00 am
    The Event Horizon Telescope will give astronomers an extreme close-up when our galaxy’s black hole lights up.

Future Planetary Exploration

  1. Mars 2020 Instruments – A Plan for Sample Return Thursday, 7 August 2014, 4:19 am
    Last week, NASA’s managers announced the selection of seven instruments for its 2020 Mars rover from a pool of 58 proposals submitted by teams of scientists.  Reading through the capabilities of t. […]
  2. ExoMars 2018 Status Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 3:56 pm
    Elizabeth Gibney provides an update on the Mars 2018 mission development at the blog site of the journal Nature.  She reports that schedules are tight, but that managers are working to keep the missi. […]
  3. Possible Delays for Lunar and Martian Missions Sunday, 3 August 2014, 9:20 pm
    Anatoly Zak, author for the well-respected site, reports on delays for Russia’s lunar and Martian missions. He reports that a three year slip in Russia’s lunar missions has been of. […]
  4. Mars and Europa: Contrasts in Mission Planning Saturday, 19 July 2014, 6:03 am
    The big news for future planetary exploration this month is likely to be the announcement of the instrument selection for NASA’s 2020 Mars rover that will define how it will fulfill its scientific g. […]


  1. photographic Saturday, 19 April 2014, 11:52 pm
    Kepler 168f has been the subject of substantial media coverage over the past week. This newly confirmed planet orbits a red dwarf with roughly half the mass and radius of the Sun, receives about 27% o. […]
  2. Super Planet Crush Crash Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 6:06 pm
    The Crash at Crush is a perennial go-to narrative in the long-running effort to goad disinterested students into obtaining a much-needed grasp of the the principles of classical mechanics. From the Wi. […]
  3. 1215095 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. […]
  4. 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. […]