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Origin-of-Life Research Abandons Chemistry, Turns to Miracles

If a chance explosion created the universe out of nothing, maybe another 'big bang' created life, too.

Star Warts: Planets Rebel Against Theory

Things in space don't always cooperate with theoretical expectations.

Forcing Planets into Line

You can't make a planet do what your model says it must do to exist, unless it cooperates in your imagination.

Venus Is Erupting

If new indirect observations are correct, Venus is an active planet today with huge volcanoes.

Our Moon Refuses to Obey Scientists

The neat theories for the origin of the moon and its subsequent evolution unravel when you try to stuff long ages into a young body.

Titan Is Running Away from Saturn

When a scientist up-ends what was long believed, how confident can they be about what they believe now? Don't outrun observations.

Saturn Scientists Dodge Age Issues

Several papers have appeared this month about Saturn and its moons, but they all gloss over the implications for long ages.

Origin of Geomagnetism: Bumbling in the Dark Past

When did the Earth get its magnetic field? It's important because life depends on it. Watch MIT fumble and stumble over the question.

Landslides on Pluto Happened Quickly

If Pluto is really 4.6 billion years old, something happened almost instantaneously out there some time ago. In planetary science, where experts are accustomed to thinking everything is billions of years old, sudden unique events present problems. Almost everything should have settled down by now into a routine. One can certainly argue for exceptions, where […]

Is Climate Change An Existential Threat?

There's an uncanny parallel between climate change and evolution: which is, how skeptics of the consensus are treated.

Astrobiology: The Perfect Swarm

Come join the Astrobiology Storytelling Society! You'll never be out of work!

Mars InSighters and Mars InBlinders

The Mars Insight lander has been on the red planet for a year, looking for evidence of geological activity and life.

How to Lubricate Your Body’s Gears

You have gears in your spine. Ask these Swedish researchers who say so, and learn some gear maintenance skills, too.

How Astrobiology Could Be Scientific

Despite its propensity for wild speculation about life in space, there's one way Astrobiology could provide useful science.

Energized Dust Bunnies Make Planets?

Get a charge out of this new theory: planets were built by statically-charged dust bunnies. Is that all it takes?
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