2020 Ends with No Dark Matter
December 30, 2020
Cosmologists end another year without finding dark phlogiston. What will it take to cure them of their pet myth?
Water Quickly Evaporates on Mars
December 11, 2020
Scientists overestimate how much water could exist on Mars. New studies show it can't last even a day.
UFOs and SETI Are Not the Same
December 6, 2020
A secular astronomer distinguishes belief that space aliens exist and the notion that they have visited Earth.
Mars Lost Its Water Rapidly
November 20, 2020
A new mechanism for desiccation on Mars could have dried up an ocean much faster than previously thought.
Closing In on Fast Radio Bursts
November 6, 2020
Astronomers claim to have identified the source of one instance of the most enigmatic explosions in the universe.
Cosmology Shrieks in the Dark
October 30, 2020
Modern cosmologists spend more and more money looking for dark matter. So far it's all trick and no treat.
This Exoplanet Shouldn’t Exist
October 29, 2020
Astronomers are baffled by a Neptune-sized exoplanet with an atmosphere that should have burned up long ago.
Lunar Tunes: Dreaming for Theory Rescue
October 23, 2020
Oh what a tangled web they weave when they assume things have to be billions of years old to give Darwin time to evolve life by accident.
Sappy OOL Hypothesis Turns Sour
October 19, 2020
A spoonful of sugar helps an unrealistic origins story go down, but it doesn't make it nutritious.
Neanderthal Y Chromosome Looks Modern
October 9, 2020
Another theory bites the dust: The "Disappearing Y Chromosome" has not shrunk, as shown by comparisons with Neanderthal DNA.
Dark Matter Believers Panicking
September 14, 2020
Where is this stuff they keep telling us makes up most of the universe? The ideas are getting even more bizarre.
Big Errors Common in Big Science
September 8, 2020
It’s in the nature of theories to be overturned by new data. So how much trust should be put in current theories? Even the positivists like the reporters in New Scientist recognize that “There is no such thing as scientific truth, just a set of provisional truths that are subject to revision or rejection when […]
Asteroid Ceres Is Young
September 1, 2020
The bright spots on Ceres formed recently, say scientists, and activity could be going on today.
Earth Water Was Always Here
August 31, 2020
A new theory for the origin of Earth's oceans tries to make a splash again. This one says the Earth has always been wet.
Will Clear Starry Nights Be Lost Forever?
August 28, 2020
A classic showdown has already started between technological convenience and natural revelation.