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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. This Robot Can Plug In a USB But I Still Can’t Monday, 22 September 2014, 2:00 pm
    Why is it that every time I try to insert a USB plug it’s backward? Shouldn’t it be right at least half the time by dumb luck? Whatever my problem is, a dextrous new robot doesn’t have it. The robot’s. […]
  2. Will the Higgs Boson Destroy the Universe? Friday, 12 September 2014, 8:36 pm
    Improbable as it may seem, this question has been pinging around the Internet a lot this past week, because of a mix of Stephen Hawking and shameless sensationalism. Life is short (with or without the. […]
  3. Why We Explore: A Comet Tale Told in Four Pictures Thursday, 11 September 2014, 10:57 pm
    There are many ways to explain the reasons for space exploration: the technological spin-offs, the science-education value, the commercial potential of space, the pragmatic lessons back home in everyt. […]
  4. Corals Engineer Their Own Currents Friday, 5 September 2014, 2:58 pm
    There are few more monastic lives in the animal kingdom than a coral’s. In adulthood it gives up swimming to settle on the ocean floor, surround its spineless body with clones, and become a rock. Mo. […]

Future Planetary Exploration

  1. Europa: How Less Can Be More Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 4:34 am
    Three factors make exploring Europa hard.  First, we want to explore an entire complex world, and mapping its features requires acquiring vast amounts of data.  Second, Europa lies far from the Eart. […]
  2. 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. […]
  3. 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. […]
  4. 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. […]


  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. […]