Dark Matter Remains Missing

March 1, 2017 in AstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

How long do astronomers get to search for something that has no direct evidence?

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Bizarre Bursts in Space

February 28, 2017 in Amazing FactsAstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

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.

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Christmas Star Remains Mysterious, But Something Real Happened

December 24, 2016 in Amazing FactsAstronomyBible and TheologyDating MethodsEducationIntelligent DesignMediaPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsPolitics and EthicsSolar System

Theories rise and fall about the nature of the star that led the wise men to Bethlehem, but the fact remains: they saw something, and came on time to see Jesus.

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Wishing Upon Star Formation

November 30, 2016 in AstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsEducationIntelligent DesignMediaPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

Many astronomy articles have a bad habit of assuming star formation without demonstrating or explaining it.

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Radiation, Mistakes, and Assumptions

August 19, 2016 in AstronomyBotanyDating MethodsFossilsGeologyPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsPolitics and EthicsSolar System

Three news items about atomic radiation should cause us to beware of academic overstatement.

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Rearranging Deck Chairs on Sinking Planet Theories

April 27, 2016 in AstronomyDating MethodsGeologyIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

Supernovas come in handy as theory rescue devices.

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Cosmologists Need New Physics

April 14, 2016 in AstronomyCosmologyDumb IdeasMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

More new observations don’t fit current cosmological theory.

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Astronomers Deal With Outrageous Phenomena

March 23, 2016 in Amazing FactsAstronomyCell BiologyCosmologyDating MethodsGeologyMediaPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

Even for scientists accustomed to big things, some observations seem too outrageous to explain.

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Small Thing Make Big Boom

January 18, 2016 in Amazing FactsAstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

The most spectacular supernova ever detected has astrophysicists scratching their heads for a mechanism.

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Major Scientific Revolutions Are Still Possible

November 24, 2015 in AstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsEducationMediaPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

Beware the myth of progress. There’s more scientists don’t know than what they know.

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Entropy in Space Seen at All Scales

October 22, 2015 in AstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsGeologyIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

Entropy at all scales: clearly seen. Creation of order: not so much.

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SETI Club Goes Bonkers

September 26, 2015 in Darwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignMediaMind and BrainOrigin of LifePhilosophy of Science

Flush with new money, the astronomers who support SETI have lost all restraint in their speculations.

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Natural Light Shows Dazzle Scientists

July 3, 2015 in Amazing FactsAstronomyBiomimeticsCell BiologyCosmologyGeneticsIntelligent DesignMarine BiologyPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

Here are some news stories from diverse fields of science, related only by the phenomenon of light.

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Astronomers Lie about Star Formation

June 20, 2015 in AstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsDumb IdeasMediaPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSETI

A look at the evidence behind the latest claim of the universe’s earliest stars shows nothing of the sort. And that’s not the biggest whopper.

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Cosmic Ruler Flawed

April 13, 2015 in AstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

Type 1a supernovae, vital to estimates of the size and expansion of the universe, are not uniform. This has cosmic implications.

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Double Trouble for Cosmology

January 24, 2015 in Amazing FactsAstronomyBible and TheologyCosmologyDating MethodsDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

Two developments are converging to threaten the standard big bang model of the universe’s origin.

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Blow to Supernova Nucleogenesis Theory

January 20, 2015 in AstronomyDating MethodsGeologyPhysicsSolar System

There’s 100 times less of a radioactive element on the ocean floor than expected.

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Of Stars and Significance

September 30, 2014 in AstronomyBible and TheologyCosmologyDating MethodsIntelligent DesignPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

The farther out we look, the more questions we have. But does secular astronomy ask the right questions?

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Of Molecules and Men

September 27, 2014 in AstronomyBible and TheologyCell BiologyCosmologyDating MethodsIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysics

Atoms and molecules are tiny but can have a big influence on the habitability of planets and astrobiologists’ theories about them.

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Light Speed Implications Are Staggering

June 27, 2014 in AstronomyCosmologyDating MethodsPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

A new paper revises the speed of light. This could change everything in the universe.

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