Natural Selection Favors Illogic
March 5, 2017
Nothing in Darwin's mechanism guarantees humans will think rationally. Fitness might actually favor stupidity. For proof, look at the reasoning of people who believe in natural selection.
More Challenges to Astrobiology
May 26, 2016
There aren't likely as many places to live outside of Earth as earlier hoped.
Scientists Going Nuts Over Aliens
March 2, 2016
Baseless speculations are considered perfectly sane as long as you are a secular materialist.
More Indications Earth Is Unique
February 25, 2016
The late Carl Sagan might be stunned to see today's astronomers questioning Earth's "humdrum" status.
There's No Place Like Earth
November 20, 2015
A survey of known exoplanets finds no real estate as valuable as Earth.
New Thoughts on Habitable Planets
October 9, 2015
Astrobiologists are trying to standardize the requirements for habitable planets. Do they get them all?
Do You Know How Lucky You Are to Live on Earth?
September 22, 2015
The factors that make life possible came together so beautifully, even materialists have trouble knowing why we're here.
You Wouldn't Want to Live on "Earth's Cousin"
July 24, 2015
Despite the hype about another Earth-like exoplanet, Kepler 452b would not be as habitable as Venus.
Moon's Stabilizing Influence Depends on Star Size
October 15, 2014
A connection between multiple factors was noted in a recent model of how a moon helps a planet remain habitable.
Of Planets and People
September 29, 2014
Here's a quick tour of the planets to see what's newsworthy.
Planet Rotation Limits Habitability
August 15, 2014
Life can't exist on a planet that rotates too fast or slow. This is another Goldilocks problem for astrobiologists to consider.
Without Bromine, There Would Be No Animals
June 13, 2014
A 28th element has proven to be essential for life: bromine.
To Be Habitable, a Planet Needs Inhabitants
June 6, 2014
In a chicken-or-egg conundrum, astrobiologists are asking whether inhabitants are needed to make a planet habitable.
Astrobiology Hopes Dim with Exoplanet Findings
June 3, 2014
Harsh "space weather" around dim red dwarf stars may make planets uninhabitable. "Godzilla Earths" may not fare much better.
Stellar Dust Disks Crumble
March 31, 2014
Observations show stellar dust disks fragmenting into smaller dust, not growing into planets.
New Craters Found on Mars
February 13, 2014
Orbiters can count new craters forming on Mars, refining cratering rates. One spectacular new crater has appeared since 2010 with vivid rays.
Imagining Worlds – No Evidence Required
January 11, 2014
Science fiction is fun, but science demands evidence, not imagination.
Cosmic Lottery: How Many Habitable Planets?
November 23, 2013
News media ran with a suggestion that one in five stars has a habitable planet, but they didn't read the fine print.
Planet Habitable Zone Cannot Be Too Windy
September 19, 2013
The "habitable zone" of a planet usually concerns its distance from the star such that it can support liquid water. But what if the star fries the surface with intense stellar winds?