Every Planet Surprises Secular Astronomers, II: Outer Planets
May 3, 2014
"Surprise" or "puzzling" are the most common words in news reports about bodies in the solar system. Here are recent examples that discuss the outer planets.
Every Planet Surprises Secular Astronomers, I: Inner Planets
May 3, 2014
"Surprise" or "puzzling" are the most common words in news reports about bodies in the solar system. Here are recent examples that discuss the inner planets.
Meteorites Shock Plant Material in Time Capsules
May 1, 2014
Bits of organic matter, leaves, and cells have been preserved in glass shocked by meteor impacts. Could they last millions of years?
Misleading Data: Scientists Fooled by Their Own Assumptions
April 29, 2014
Whatever the datum you think speaks verbatim, it ain't necessarily so.
Moon's Origin and Age Solved?
April 9, 2014
A number of popular articles are claiming the moon's age is all but solved, until one reads below the headlines.
Enceladus Ocean Means Dating Trouble, Not Life
April 5, 2014
News media are jumping over an announcement that Saturn's moon Enceladus may have a large body of water under its icy crust, but what does it mean?
Water Theories Dry Up
April 2, 2014
Theories for how Earth got its water are parched for evidence, except for the tears of secular astronomers.
Stellar Dust Disks Crumble
March 31, 2014
Observations show stellar dust disks fragmenting into smaller dust, not growing into planets.
Two Solar System Surprises
March 27, 2014
Sometimes we learn more from surprises than predictions.
Carbon Cycle Keeps Earth from Fate of Venus, Mars
March 23, 2014
Another delicate balance making Earth habitable has been identified: the carbon cycle.
Cosmos 2.0 Repeats the Flaws of Cosmos 1.0
March 17, 2014
Neil de Grasse Tyson is showing himself to be a good disciple of Carl Sagan, never questioning his master.
Cosmos TV Relies on Imagination, Not Science
March 10, 2014
The first episode of the new Cosmos TV series makes it clear that imagination is its main message.
Sun Attacks, but Earth Fights Back
March 8, 2014
Geophysicists have found that the Earth fights deadly solar radiation with a plasma punch.
Record Impact on Moon Ups Cratering Rate Estimates
March 2, 2014
The brilliant flash lasted 8 seconds on 9/11 – 2013, that is – the brightest impact ever witnessed on the moon.
Here Come the Martians Again
March 1, 2014
The "science" of astrobiology was launched when strange markings in a Martian meteorite were interpreted to be evidence of life. Here comes another one.