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Mystery of Martian Methane Deepens

After two years on the Red Planet, NASA's Curiosity rover rules out a seasonal explanation for an observed methane spike

May 18, 2016 — Elizabeth Howell and

Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture

Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. (Dutton, 2016)  

May 12, 2016 — Sean M. Carroll and Steve Mirsky

Everything There Is

Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about the necessary connections among the various ways we have of describing the universe. 

May 11, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Mercury's Rare Road Trip

Thirteen times a century, on average, Mercury passes directly between Earth and the sun, creating what astronomers call a transit. It just happened again; this video, created with images from the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the tiny planet’s silhouette as it makes its seven-hour journey across the solar disk.

May 10, 2016 — Lydia Chain

Profile of Mercury--in Images

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft orbited Mercury for four years before its planned plunge and crash into the planet’s surface on April 30, 2015. On May 6, 2016, NASA, the USGS and their university partners showed what they had accomplished during the mission. They presented the first topographic map ever produced of Mercury, along with a color-enhanced view of its northern polar region. On May 9, 2016, Mercury's transit across the solar disk was visible from Earth—an astronomically rare event.

May 9, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

The Bowling Ball That Invaded Earth

Former Scientific American editor Mark Alpert talks about his latest science fiction thriller, The Orion Plan, featuring the method whereby aliens most likely really would colonize our planet.

May 5, 2016 — Mark Alpert and Steve Mirsky

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