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Astronomy Grab Bag

For year's end, here's a clean-out of astronomy articles—from planetary science to cosmology—to motivate further inquiry.

Globular Clusters Look Young and Old: Is This Scientific Explanation?

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?

Flaky Cosmic Notion Gets Good Press

Does the universe grow like a giant brain? If anyone but a scientist said that, it would be in the cartoons.

The Missing Zinc: Moon Rocks Still Tell Tales

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

With over 2,000 extrasolar planets found around nearly as many stars, there's still no place like home.

Weekend Grab Bag

Here are links to recent science findings and claims sure to stimulate thinking and further research.

Supernova Dating and Classification Is Not Simple

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

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

More evidence points to a fully-formed universe very soon after the beginning.

Star Chemistry Constrains Habitable Zone

The chemistry of a parent star can have drastic effects on the habitability of an earth-like planet.

Turning Astrobiology Surprises Into Evolutionary Fiction

There's never been a surprise that a good astrobiologist hasn't been able to spin into an evolutionary tale.

Origin-of-Life Researchers Excited Over Nothing

The phrase "building blocks of life" is pregnant with misinformation.

Sun, Moon and Stars in the News

What's up in astronomy? Surprises, by heavens.

Curiosity Set to Explore Mars

Having survived its nail-biting entry, descent and landing, the Curiosity rover is ready to roll on Mars.

Scientific Ignorance Becomes Apparent

Two reports indicate that what we know we don't know vastly exceeds what we think we know.
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