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October 27, 2018

What’s That Weird Cloud That’s Been Looming Over Mars for Weeks?

A 930-mile-long cloud is suspended over one of Mars’ volcanoes. For over a month, Mars orbiters have been watching a weird Martian cloud that resembles a booger and […]
October 26, 2018

What Scientists Found Inside the Brains of 10 Russian Cosmonauts

By imaging the brains of cosmonauts before and after their stints on the space station, neuroscientists discovered how microgravity influences the mind. Spaceflight is exciting, inspirational, […]
October 25, 2018

Scientists Home in on the Best ‘Water Worlds’ to Search for Alien Life

As far as we know, all life requires one thing, water, and that’s why scientists are fascinated by worlds they know or suspect host giant oceans: […]
October 24, 2018

Asteroid or Comet? Weird Blue Space Rock ‘Phaethon’ Gets a Close-Up

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A bizarre, blue asteroid that acts like a comet and appears to be responsible for the annual Geminid meteor shower made a close flyby of […]
October 23, 2018

Space Force policy memo being drafted to establish new military branch

The Defense Department is expected to submit a legislative proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget by Dec. 1 recommending that a Space […]
October 22, 2018

What it’s like to travel to space, from a tourist who spent $30 million to live there for 12 days

Elon Musk‘s SpaceX has had a lot of attention recently for announcing that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be its first customer for a private space flight around the moon. […]
October 21, 2018

Who’s Out There?— Earth’s Long Experiment–a book review

Complexity: The Evolution of Earth’s Biodiversity and the Future of Humanity by William C. Burger, New York, Prometheus books, 2016.  This blog is more than a book […]
October 20, 2018

NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here’s why that’s a brilliant idea

Popular science fiction of the early 20th century depicted Venus as some kind of wonderland of pleasantly warm temperatures, forests, swamps and even dinosaurs. In 1950, the Hayden […]
October 19, 2018

Red Dwarf Star’s Mighty ‘Hazflare’ Could Be Bad News for Alien Life

Another red dwarf has been caught firing off a superpowerful flare, further bolstering the notion that life might have a hard time taking root around these small, dim […]