Astronomy Grab Bag
December 29, 2012
For year's end, here's a clean-out of astronomy articles—from planetary science to cosmology—to motivate further inquiry.
Titan Is as Titan Does
December 23, 2012
Saturn's giant moon Titan keeps revealing mysterious dynamics in the here and now, leaving interpretation to fallible scientists who sometimes predicted otherwise.
Globular Clusters Look Young and Old: Is This Scientific Explanation?
December 19, 2012
Globular clusters supposedly all formed at the same time long ago, but some look young. How do astronomers rescue the belief that they are ancient groupings of stars?
Are Scientists Capable of Stupidity?
December 2, 2012
Scientists are only people, and most people do or say dumb things sometimes. You can decide how to classify these "scientific" ideas.
Flaky Cosmic Notion Gets Good Press
November 26, 2012
Does the universe grow like a giant brain? If anyone but a scientist said that, it would be in the cartoons.
Mars Radiation May Not Be That Bad
November 18, 2012
Data from the Curiosity rover's RAD instrument seem to indicate astronauts could survive radiation reaching the surface.
Darwin for Congress
November 9, 2012
Over four thousand citizens of a Georgia district voted for Charles Darwin for Congress.
Shining Light on Dark Energy
October 21, 2012
Fifteen years after cosmologists proposed the existence of dark energy, they have learned nothing about it. In “Cosmology: Out of the Darkness,” Matthew Chalmers discussed the current thinking of Brian Schmidt, who shared the Nobel prize in 2011 for discovering cosmic acceleration (actually, an inference based on light from supernovae; see 9/30/2012). “Fifteen years after […]
Making Saturn's Moons with a Bang
October 18, 2012
Impacts are a favorite tool for planetary scientists to create beautiful things.
The Missing Zinc: Moon Rocks Still Tell Tales
October 18, 2012
Apollo ended 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong is dead, but lunar geologists are still using the moon rocks they brought home to construct a story of the moon's "evolution".
More Evidence Our Solar System Is Uniquely Suited for Life
October 16, 2012
With over 2,000 extrasolar planets found around nearly as many stars, there's still no place like home.
Weekend Grab Bag
October 14, 2012
Here are links to recent science findings and claims sure to stimulate thinking and further research.
Supernova Dating and Classification Is Not Simple
September 30, 2012
Bang! goes a star. Watch how fast its contents move, and you know the date, right? Watch its light curve, and you know the type, right?
Planets and Moons Beneath the Surface
September 29, 2012
Can science peel back the surfaces of objects to see what's underneath? Can they go under the observations to find the explanations?
Earliest Galaxy Points Out Flaws in Secular Cosmology
September 23, 2012
More evidence points to a fully-formed universe very soon after the beginning.