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  1. First Earth-Size Planet In The Habitable Zone of Another Star Friday, 18 April 2014, 4:00 am
    Using NASA s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool
  2. Climate Change Drove Evolution of Ice Age Predators Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:00 pm
    New scientific studies at the La Brea Tar Pits are probing the link between climate warming and the evolution of Ice Age predators, attempting to predict how animals will respond to climate change tod
  3. Icebreaking Mars Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:00 am
    NASA Scientists have outlined a new lander mission to Mars, dubbed Icebreaker. According to their study, the lander could soon be ready to drill beneath the surface of Mars and search for signs of p
  4. Rare Fossilized 500 Million Years Old Embryos Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:00 pm
    Researchers have found rare fossilized embryos from the Cambrian period. Their methods of study may help with future interpretation of evolutionary history.

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Space & Physics

  1. The Revolutionary Rocket That Could Shuttle Humans to Mars Saturday, 19 April 2014, 1:30 am
    A novel plasma engine could slash travel time to Mars — now approximately three years — to just 39 days.
  2. A Rare Alignment of Sun, Earth, Moon, Mars—and the Human Spirit Monday, 14 April 2014, 7:28 pm
    Tonight when you look up at the sky—and I strongly urge you to do so—you can participate in three different kinds of amazing alignments. One will produce a total lunar eclipse, as Earth’s shadow. […]
  3. Supernova’s Shocking Second Act Friday, 4 April 2014, 11:30 pm
    Scientists have discovered what fuels the high-energy X-rays bursting from Tycho’s supernova.
  4. The Un-Constellations Thursday, 27 March 2014, 9:30 pm
    Some of the most well-known star patterns in the sky aren’t constellations, they’re asterisms.

Future Planetary Exploration

  1. 2015 Planetary Science Proposed Budget – Steady as she goes and then big changes Saturday, 15 March 2014, 11:11 pm
    The President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget details were released this week.  For the next several years, the budget proposes a steady as she goes plan (but with two “what are they thinking?. […]
  2. 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. […]
  3. 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. […]
  4. 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. […]


  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. […]