Weekend Digest, May 6, 2017
May 6, 2017
Here's a collection of quick takes on interesting developments in the science news, from Saturn to a possible cure for malaria; from your liver to Sunday funnies.
Enceladus Pumps Imagination into the Vacuum
April 17, 2017
NASA astrobiologists abandon scientific restraint in a naked push to titillate taxpayers for another vain quest to find life beyond Earth.
Your Mind Can Space Out, But Your Body Belongs on Earth
April 8, 2017
Through the imagination, we can soar through distant galaxies. Sooner or later, physical reality hits home.
Dry Titan Has Static Cling
March 31, 2017
Imagine putting a cat in box of packing peanuts. Something like that happens when Titan's sand dunes grow, some scientists think.
Small Planetary Bodies Unexpectedly Active
March 27, 2017
You would think things would have cooled down after 4.5 billion years. That's not what planetary scientists are observing.
Water Theories Evaporate
March 20, 2017
After decades of telling the public comets brought Earth's water, scientists are giving up on the idea. It was volcanoes, now they say.
Craters: Seeing Fake Patterns
March 18, 2017
Biologists build on models from geologists who build on models from planetologists. But what if the bottom model is false?
Astrobiology’s Fantasy Universe
March 7, 2017
The media glosses over difficulties in its blind quest to look for the 'emergence' of life on other planets.
Questioning the Sanity of Big Science and Big Media
February 18, 2017
Scientists arrogate to themselves the authority to diagnose insanity, but they and their friends in the mainstream media believe some pretty nutty things.
Mars Madness Hits
February 7, 2017
The Curiosity rover is sending back photos of things mission scientists are struggling to understand.
Best Images of Saturn's Rings Obtained
February 1, 2017
As Cassini begins climbing into high orbits over Saturn, it's starting to get amazing images looking down on the rings in unprecedented detail.
Secular Ocean Theory Evaporates
January 26, 2017
The divination experts see a new vision emerging from meteorites, portending disaster.
"Extraordinary" Radiocarbon Anomaly Found in Tree Rings
January 19, 2017
A tree ring sample from a bristlecone pine reveals something weird happened to the sun around 5480 BC.
Moon Bombarded by Crashing Theories
January 10, 2017
Strange things happen on our nearest neighbor. Stranger things happen in the heads of theorists trying to figure out our nearest neighbor.
Pluto and Ceres: Young Dwarf Planets
December 28, 2016
With all its data downloaded, New Horizons continues to surprise astronomers with evidence of active geology and youth at Pluto.