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.
Why Astronomers Hammer Planets
September 6, 2016
Secular planetary scientists have a skeleton key that unlocks any planetary mystery: the BFH.
Faint Young Sun Paradox Solved?
July 1, 2016
A major mystery for materialistic planetary science is solved—if you can swallow the miracles required.
Titan Ethane Still Missing, and Other Planetary Puzzles
May 7, 2016
We update the problem of Titan's missing ethane and other challenges to billions of years.
Solar System Is Weird Only if It Is Old
March 14, 2016
To someone who believes the solar system is billions of years old, no wonder its contents look weird.
New Earth Ocean Theory Is All Wet
November 16, 2015
Time to rewrite the textbooks again. Earth started out wet, scientists now claim, overturning decades of dogma.
Messages from Mercury
April 6, 2015
With MESSENGER in its final days before impact, the innermost planet has become a familiar place.
Astrobiology Hopes Diminish
December 6, 2014
Recent findings both near and far create challenges for beliefs that life is common in the universe.
Saturn Rescues Earth: Outer Planet Wonders
November 22, 2014
How Saturn saved the Earth, and other news from the ringed planet, its family, and other bodies in the outer solar system.
Fish News and Fish Stories: Water You Know?
November 1, 2014
Some marine biology news is amazing; some just plain dumb.
Mercury, Moon May Still Be Erupting
October 17, 2014
Two objects that should be old and dead show surprising activity. Other indications of youthfulness in the solar system are noted.
Rosetta and the Stone
August 6, 2014
A historic comet rendezvous mission begins today after ten years in space.
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.
Lunar Upsets Challenge Paradigms
January 27, 2012
Forty years after the last moonwalkers came home, new discoveries about the moon are calling into question what scientists know about our celestial partner. But is it legitimate for scientists to invoke mystery forces when a favored theory faces falsifying evidence?
Comety Show: Oceans from Space
October 11, 2011
Finally, a comet has been found with a deuterium-to-hydrogen ratio that is close to that found in Earth’s oceans. That had not been true of many other comets. Astrobiologists claim this ration in Comet Hartley 2 as “proof” that our water came special delivery from water-balloon comets. But why do they believe that, what constitutes proof, and what new problems does the “proof” lead to?