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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.

Titan Is as Titan Does

Saturn's giant moon Titan keeps revealing mysterious dynamics in the here and now, leaving interpretation to fallible scientists who sometimes predicted otherwise.

Are Scientists Capable of Stupidity?

Scientists are only people, and most people do or say dumb things sometimes. You can decide how to classify these "scientific" ideas.

Mars Radiation May Not Be That Bad

Data from the Curiosity rover's RAD instrument seem to indicate astronauts could survive radiation reaching the surface.

Making Saturn's Moons with a Bang

Impacts are a favorite tool for planetary scientists to create beautiful things.

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.

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?

Hopes for Wet Mars Diminished

The clays on Mars that were thought to be indicative of a wet past could, instead, be formed by volcanoes.

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.
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