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Animal Superheroes

Here are some animals, some common and some little-known, whose abilities astonish scientists.

Ski Pluto: Glaciers Are Flowing

Planetary scientists are dumbfounded by more evidence of youth at Pluto, both on the surface and in the atmosphere.

You Wouldn't Want to Live on "Earth's Cousin"

Despite the hype about another Earth-like exoplanet, Kepler 452b would not be as habitable as Venus.

Lonely Billionaire Throws $100 Million at SETI

Yuri Milner gathered the SETI believers and gave them a pile of money to find aliens.

Is Pluto Another Geyser World? "Shocking" Images Baffle Scientists

In addition to featureless plains, Pluto may even sport active geysers—with no recourse to tidal heating to power them.

Pluto Is Young

The New Horizons science team is stunned by surface features on Pluto and its large moon Charon that cannot be billions of years old.

Pluto Inbound Image Stuns Scientists

It's not a featureless orb: Pluto has a whale and a heart. A "complex and nuanced" surface shows that Pluto and its large moon Charon had a history.

Will Pluto Surprise Scientists?

First-time encounters have a long history of shocking planetary scientists with unexpected features. It's about time for Pluto.

Desperately Seeking Life Beyond Earth

Earth life cannot be unique. How about you, Mars? Europa, anything? Enceladus? Comet 67P? Please break the silence!

Making Up Facts to Fit a Narrative

To be a good evolutionary scientist, write your narrative first. Then observe things. Finally, make up a model that fits the narrative.

Natural Light Shows Dazzle Scientists

Here are some news stories from diverse fields of science, related only by the phenomenon of light.

SETI Believers Are Lost in Space

How long can you say "watch this space" till onlookers lose interest?

Quantum and Classical Realities: Reconciled at Last?

Some physicists think they've explained how quantum effects vanish at macro scales; others say it doesn't change quantum mechanical paradoxes.

Astronomers Lie about Star Formation

A look at the evidence behind the latest claim of the universe's earliest stars shows nothing of the sort. And that's not the biggest whopper.

Titan: Planetary Scientists Invent Imaginary Histories

Getting from then to now is more poetic license than demonstrable fact.
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