VIEW HEADLINES ONLY

Seriously, Ceres and Comets Look Surprising

Here are surprises found at asteroid Ceres and Comet 67P by spacecraft arriving there this year.

Magnetic News

Magnetism is an important force in astronomy, planetary science and life. Here are news items involving magnets and magnetic fields.

Origin of Life for Dummies

Readers can decide if these news stories on the origin of life represent smart science or not.

Origin of Life Theories Lost in Space

Scenarios for life's origin contradict one another and compete for implausibility.

Messages from Mercury

With MESSENGER in its final days before impact, the innermost planet has become a familiar place.

First Rosetta Science Results Are Surprising

The first suite of science papers from the Rosetta mission has been published, giving new insights about comets.

Astrobiology Has No Bio

When you take the "bio" out of astrobiology, what do you get? Is it still a science?

Saturn Rescues Earth: Outer Planet Wonders

How Saturn saved the Earth, and other news from the ringed planet, its family, and other bodies in the outer solar system.

Comet Lander Working, But Not Optimal

Rosetta's Philae lander hopped twice before landing in the shade in a tilted position, but the instruments are working.

Fish News and Fish Stories: Water You Know?

Some marine biology news is amazing; some just plain dumb.

Mercury, Moon May Still Be Erupting

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

A historic comet rendezvous mission begins today after ten years in space.

Two Solar System Surprises

Sometimes we learn more from surprises than predictions.

ISON Died a Customary Comet Death

Comet ISON was not unusual for breaking up and sputtering to a fiery end. That's in comets' nature.

Turning Astrobiology Surprises Into Evolutionary Fiction

There's never been a surprise that a good astrobiologist hasn't been able to spin into an evolutionary tale.
All Posts by Date