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Stories by Lee Billings

Planet Formation out of Black Hole Belches

New studies suggest lonely planets flying through intergalactic space were formed by star-destroying supermassive black holes.

February 17, 2017 — Lydia Chain, Lee Billings and Michael Lemonick

Is It Time to Give Up on Dark Matter?

There is still good reason to think undiscovered fundamental particles act as gravitational glue for galaxies.

January 17, 2017 — Lydia Chain, Lee Billings and Michael Lemonick

The Year in Planetary Science

Take a light-speed trip through the solar system to catch up on 2016’s biggest stories from our celestial neighborhood. Produced with support from Explore Scientific

December 1, 2016 — Lydia Chain, Lee Billings and Michael Lemonick

Trump's First 100 Days: Space

The new administration will likely shift NASA resources away from Earth exploration and into deep space. But many questions remain about how the agency will be led and funded

November 30, 2016 — Lee Billings

Will Elon Musk Scuttle the Search for Life on Mars?

If there is life on the Red Planet—even just alien microbes clinging to existence in isolated refuges—any biological contamination we import from Earth could cause an ecological and scientific catastrophe

October 9, 2016 — Lee Billings

Why Do Facts Fail?

Why Do Facts Fail?

Deconstructing Denial