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Moon's Stabilizing Influence Depends on Star Size

A connection between multiple factors was noted in a recent model of how a moon helps a planet remain habitable.

Is Scientism Ready for E.T.?

In speculating about the impact of extraterrestrials on world religions, an author neglected the impact on his own.

NASA Throws Tax Millions to Evidence-Free Astrobiology Projects

Astrobiology has yet to establish that it has a subject to study, but NASA is giving millions of tax dollars to multiple teams, including SETI researchers.

Canyons on Earth, Mars Reinterpreted as Flood-Caused

Catastrophic floods formed canyons long thought to have been formed by slow, gradual processes.

Of Planets and People

Here's a quick tour of the planets to see what's newsworthy.

Mars Radiation Fries Organic Compounds

Don't expect the "building blocks of life" to last very long on Mars.

SETI Preacher Prophesies

One of the leading lights of SETI describes why he believes aliens will be found.

Planet Rotation Limits Habitability

Life can't exist on a planet that rotates too fast or slow. This is another Goldilocks problem for astrobiologists to consider.

New Ways to Find E.T.

SETI researchers may not have to wait by the stellar radio dial for their imaginary friends to call in. They might eavesdrop on their pollution.

To Be Habitable, a Planet Needs Inhabitants

In a chicken-or-egg conundrum, astrobiologists are asking whether inhabitants are needed to make a planet habitable.

Mars Rivers Carved by Lava, Not Water

A controversial theory is being revived: lava carved Mars channels. This could discourage hopes to find life on the red planet.

Every Planet Surprises Secular Astronomers, III: Formation Theories

"Surprise" or "puzzling" are the most common words in news reports about bodies in the solar system. Here are recent examples that discuss the origin of planets.

Meteorites Shock Plant Material in Time Capsules

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

Whatever the datum you think speaks verbatim, it ain't necessarily so.

Enceladus Ocean Means Dating Trouble, Not Life

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?
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