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Miniature Big Bang Created in Ultra-Cold Lab, and More – The Countdown, Episode 30

Miniature Big Bang Created in Ultra-Cold Lab, and More – The Countdown, Episode 30

More to explore: Earth life ‘may have come from Mars’ (BBC News) Maybe Mars Seeded Earth’s Life, Maybe It Didn’t (Scientific American Blog Network) China Plans Its First Unmanned Moon Landing This Year (New York Times) China to launch lunar probe for landing mission (Xinhua) NASA Data Reveals Mega-Canyon under Greenland Ice Sheet (NASA) Space [...]..

September 6, 2013 — Eric R. Olson

Zoom Through a Stunning Panorama of the Milky Way

Do yourself a favor. Don't read this article just yet--first, take a moment to zoom around this incredible panorama of our galaxy and soak in the splendor:

March 22, 2014 — Clara Moskowitz
My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams

My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams

In the Star Trek universe, handheld medical tricorders became standard issue for Starfleet vessels as early as the mid-22nd century. Here in a little place we like to call “reality,” a competition seeks to help deliver such all-in-one health analyzers at least 100 years ahead of schedule...

November 4, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier
Cosmic Solitude, Exoplanets, and Books

Cosmic Solitude, Exoplanets, and Books

Earlier this week I had the very great pleasure of catching up with Lee Billings, the author of Five Billion Years of Solitude, a beautifully written and provocative new book about the quest to find other Earths, other life in the universe...

January 10, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

5 Amazing Exoplanets – The Countdown, Episode 33

  More to explore: Exoplanet colour confirmed for first time: it’s blue, but not pale — and nothing like Earth (Scientific American Blog Network)… Diamond ‘Super-Earth’ May Not be Quite as Precious (University of Arizona)… Strange Exoplanet’s ‘Backwards’ Orbit Explained by Extra Star, Planet (… Astronomers Find Most Ancient Planet Yet (Scientific [...]..

October 18, 2013 — Eric R. Olson

The Birth of Worlds

Stunning new images of young planetary systems create a profound cosmic perspective

December 13, 2018 — Caleb A. Scharf

Did the Solar System Just Gain 2 New Worlds?

A pair of scientific papers suggest that the ALMA observatory may have detected 2 new "planet-scale" objects associated with the outer realms of the solar system. But should we be awed or skeptical?...

December 10, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Are Scientists on the Cusp of Knowing How Weird We Are?

I’m writing this post for two reasons. One is to recommend a new book by Columbia astrobiologist Caleb Scharf (who also writes a terrific Scientific American blog, “Life, Unbounded“), and the other is to defend an old book of mine...

November 21, 2014 — John Horgan

The Windings To and Fro

“I know that I am mortal by nature, and ephemeral; but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch the earth with my feet.” -Ptolemy, Ptolemy’s Almagest While I am a also a fan of work more  scientifically accurate in nature, the imaginative leap [...]..

June 29, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

Exoplanet Size: It’s Elementary

Since quite early in the history of the discovery of planets around other stars it’s been apparent that the likelihood of certain types of planets around a star is related to the abundance of heavy elements in that system...

June 3, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Science in a Moon Shadow

The rare spectacle of a total solar eclipse has given scientists throughout history fleeting opportunities to delve into everything from the sun’s chemistry to Einsteinian relativity to Earth’s place in the solar system...

August 16, 2017 — Nature Video
Why the Moon Looks Different in Winter [Video]

Why the Moon Looks Different in Winter [Video]

As we steel ourselves against the cold and curse the polar vortex for bringing these bitter winds upon us, its helpful to remember that winter can also be a magical time of fluttering snowflakes and beautiful evening skies...

January 8, 2014 — Roni Jacobson
The Continuing Mystery of the Moon Illusion [Video]

The Continuing Mystery of the Moon Illusion [Video]

The harvest moon is almost upon us—specifically, September 19. It’s the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, and it has deep significance in our cultural histories.

September 16, 2013 — Philip Yam
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