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These Dusty Young Stars Are Changing the Rules of Planet-Building
Space

These Dusty Young Stars Are Changing the Rules of Planet-Building

Astronomers peer inside planetary nurseries for clues about how our solar system and others came to be

By Rebecca Boyle and Nature magazine
"Schrödinger's Bacterium" Could Be a Quantum Biology Milestone
Physics

"Schrödinger's Bacterium" Could Be a Quantum Biology Milestone

A recent experiment may have placed living organisms in a state of quantum entanglement

By Jonathan O'Callaghan
Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit
Space

Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit

Scientific American  reports on new efforts from NASA and other federal agencies seeking to service and assemble large structures—such as life-finding telescopes—in space...

By Lee Billings
NASA's InSight Mission Triumphantly Touches Down on Mars
Space

NASA's InSight Mission Triumphantly Touches Down on Mars

After enduring a high-tension descent from orbit, the spacecraft will now begin its quest to peel back the profound mysteries of the Red Planet’s interior

By Ian O'Neill

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  • News

    Gravitational-Wave Astronomers Detect Hints of Largest Black-Hole Merger Yet

  • First Hint of Near-Room-Temperature Superconductor Tantalizes Physicists

  • Is the U.S. Lagging in the Quest for Quantum Computing?

  • Have Astronomers Found Another "Alien Megastructure" Star?

  • Voyager 2 Spacecraft Enters Interstellar Space

  • Caught in the Act—Astronomers Get Their Best Look Yet at a Supernova Blowing Up

  • Sky Report

    Celestial Movement

  • Opinion

    Photons, Quasars and the Possibility of Free Will

  • Do We Actually Experience the Flow of Time?


  • How to Approach the Problem of 'Oumuamua

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Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Solving the “Hard Problem”