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Bizarre Bursts in Space

Astronomers don't know what they are, or where they come from, but big blasts from space have opened up a new field of research.

Excuses for Missing Dark Matter

Astronomers display creativity at rationalizing their inability to find what they believe makes up the bulk of the universe.

Is Dark Matter Going the Way of Phlogiston?

There is no exotic dark matter, according to the most sensitive search to date. The ramifications for cosmology are enormous.

Bad Assumptions Confuse Geological Ages and Processes

The best models in a scientific field can be overturned at any time when someone takes a critical look at the underlying assumptions.

Hand of God Is Not Nebulous

An exploded star that resembles a giant hand provides opportunity to discuss theology and intelligent design.

Lucky in the Sky with Diamonds

There are treasures all around us we do not perceive. Sometimes we speak figuratively about sparkling gems that are, if we realized it, literally real, right there under our noses. Children sing, “Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are, up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky” without knowing that there really are diamond stars up there, with diamond planets, so magnificent and huge they are unfathomable in value. These are actual discoveries that have been announced by scientists this week.