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Of Stars and Significance

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

Of Planets and People

Here's a quick tour of the planets to see what's newsworthy.

Of Molecules and Men

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

Inflation Claim Crumbles into Dust

The much-hyped proof of cosmic inflation a few months ago has been discredited, revealing more about how science is done in the media age than about reality.

Big Bang's Lithium Problem Gets More Problematic

There's no escape; new measurements show far less lithium than predicted by the big bang, and more fine tuning than would be expected by chance.

Planets Don't Fit Evolutionary Models

Secular planetary scientists are surprised by almost every object they observe in the solar system. Their models cannot reproduce our system of planets.

Impacts: Creators or Destroyers?

Some astronomers invest a lot of creative power in bangs, crashes and explosions.

SETI Preacher Prophesies

One of the leading lights of SETI describes why he believes aliens will be found.

Moon Still Has Hot Core

Japanese scientists have determined that a soft, hot core remains in the center of the moon, contrary to expectations.

Planet Rotation Limits Habitability

Life can't exist on a planet that rotates too fast or slow. This is another Goldilocks problem for astrobiologists to consider.

New Ways to Find E.T.

SETI researchers may not have to wait by the stellar radio dial for their imaginary friends to call in. They might eavesdrop on their pollution.

Rosetta and the Stone

A historic comet rendezvous mission begins today after ten years in space.

Saturn's F-Ring Has Quieted Down

Comparing measurements over 25 years, planetary scientists have noted a drop in bright clumps in Saturn's tenuous F-ring.

Enceladus Geysers Still Unexplained

The number of geysers has topped a hundred on Saturn's overactive moon. How could they be sustained for billions of years?

Reality Check: Favored Planet Theory Dries Up

Three "hot Jupiters" sing "how dry I am," casting serious doubt on the leading theory of planet formation.
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