Fringe

July 24, 2019

Who’s Out There–The Santa Fe Institute

The Santa Fe Institute is well-known for bringing together experts from diverse fields to tackle difficult problems. They love best, I suspect, to seek answers to […]
June 21, 2019

One legacy of Carl Sagan may take flight next week—a working solar sail

“We are carrying on a legacy that has been with us since the founders.” As early as next Monday night, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will […]
June 16, 2019

Who’s Out There? Anyone On Rogue Planets?

As TESS surveys a large part of our sky and tries to capture some information about other suns and their exoplanets–we might get some idea of […]
June 14, 2019

NASA Spacecraft Spots ‘Star Trek’ Logo on Mars

It looks like Starfleet is literally embedded on the planet next door: A dune in the shape of the famous logo from “Star Trek” appears prominently […]
June 13, 2019

Newest moon mystery is fascinating

The moon is one of my favorite celestial bodies, beautiful and alluring — close enough for astronauts to have visited and studied, and yet distant enough […]
June 11, 2019

The Search for Habitable Alien Worlds in Earth’s Backyard Heats Up

The NEAR instrument has been hunting for planets in the Alpha Centauri system. The hunt for nearby exoplanets has just heated up considerably. A new instrument designed to […]
June 10, 2019

This Asteroid Has a 1-in-7,000 Chance of Hitting Earth This Fall

This fall, Earth has about a 1-in-7,000 chance of getting an uninvited extraterrestrial visitor: asteroid 2006 QV89. The space rock is expected to whiz by our […]
May 29, 2019

UFOs exist and everyone needs to adjust to that fact

The term “UFO” automatically triggers derision in most quarters of polite society. One of Christopher Buckley’s better satires, “Little Green Men,” is premised on a George […]
May 19, 2019

Who’s Out There-Microbes?

If there are microbes out there, we had better think hard about how to prevent bringing them back to Earth. If they are not out there, […]