Solar System Reversals
February 9, 2015
The planets keep going around, but theories about them often stop and go backward or sideways. When nothing else works, send in the impactors!
Bill Nye Admits to Propagating Evolution Via Emotional Stories
January 27, 2015
National Geographic gives Bill Nye the Science Guy an open mike to make unchallenged generalities, with feeling.
First Rosetta Science Results Are Surprising
January 26, 2015
The first suite of science papers from the Rosetta mission has been published, giving new insights about comets.
Double Trouble for Cosmology
January 24, 2015
Two developments are converging to threaten the standard big bang model of the universe's origin.
Is Pareidolia a Hypothesis?
January 22, 2015
Some astrobiologists see possible signs of life in Martian soil photographed by a rover. The rover project scientist begs to differ.
Blow to Supernova Nucleogenesis Theory
January 20, 2015
There's 100 times less of a radioactive element on the ocean floor than expected.
More Cosmic Fine-Tuning Found
January 17, 2015
The Anthropic Principle refuses to go away. The mass of the light quark adds to finely tuned factors that make the universe life-supporting.
Astrobiology Has No Bio
December 17, 2014
When you take the "bio" out of astrobiology, what do you get? Is it still a science?
Comet Ocean Theory Debunked
December 11, 2014
Data from the Rosetta mission debunk the notion that comets brought Earth's ocean water. Now they're hoping asteroids could have.
Astrobiology Hopes Diminish
December 6, 2014
Recent findings both near and far create challenges for beliefs that life is common in the universe.
Earthbound Martians Go Nuts
December 2, 2014
How 90,000 Earthlings sent greetings to imaginary friends on Mars, and other Martian nuttiness.
Star Trek for Real: Impenetrable Force Field Protects Earth
November 29, 2014
Radiation belts discovered at the dawn of the space age have a new trick in their pocket: shielding the Earth.
Quasar Alignment Is "Spooky"
November 20, 2014
Quasar rotation axes show a peculiar alignment over billions of light-years.
Comet Lander Working, But Not Optimal
November 13, 2014
Rosetta's Philae lander hopped twice before landing in the shade in a tilted position, but the instruments are working.
Rosetta's Philae: ESA Lands Probe on Comet
November 12, 2014
Another space first: the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission landed its Philae probe on a comet this morning, but will it stick?