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The quantum leak that could give rise to dark energy

Tuesday August 15th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
The loss of countless tiny drops of energy since the start of the universe might be behind the flood of dark energy accelerating the cosmos’s expansion

Ice at Mars’s equator hints the planet was once much more tilted

Tuesday August 15th, 2017 02:23:00 PM
Most of the water on Mars is at its poles, but ice near the equator may mean that the way the red planet is tilted has changed over the last few million years

Tethered satellites could see the moon’s weird swirls up close

Wednesday August 9th, 2017 10:53:00 PM
The moon has bright coils of dust we can’t study without getting up close. A NASA proposal would send two satellites tied together to dangle over the surface

Moon’s magnetic field lasted twice as long as we thought it did

Wednesday August 9th, 2017 07:33:00 PM
Lunar rock shows the moon’s magnetic field lasted a billion years longer than we thought, which may help us understand how planets keep their protective fields

Science fiction picks: Time for a reality check

Wednesday August 9th, 2017 10:39:00 AM
In this season’s crop of science fiction, the world turns to putty in our hands, we dodge “calendrical rot” and worry about absolute truth

Nuclear reactors on rockets may fuel future crewed trips to Mars

Tuesday August 8th, 2017 03:54:00 PM
NASA’s push to develop a rocket engine powered by a nuclear reactor could create a faster, lighter spaceship and cut the trip to Mars down to four months

Mars’s surface hosts millions of towering dust devils every day

Tuesday August 8th, 2017 03:28:00 PM
The Red Planet has 10 times as many dust devils as we thought, which stir up dust that warms the planet and could be dangerous for future Mars explorers

Finding the first pulsar set my world spinning

Tuesday August 8th, 2017 09:56:00 AM
Fifty years ago, Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered a mysterious, pulsing radio signal – and the downsides of being a young woman in science

New sky survey shows that dark energy may one day tear us apart

Monday August 7th, 2017 03:44:00 PM
The best cosmic map yet of the universe’s make-up finds 24 per cent less dark matter than we thought and could call for a rewrite of physics

Giant loner asteroids suggest baby planets formed quickly

Thursday August 3rd, 2017 07:00:00 PM
The oldest intact asteroids hint that planets didn’t grow by slowly gathering small space rocks, but came from rapidly collapsing dust

Space cucumbers may help plants grow better water-seeking roots

Thursday August 3rd, 2017 05:34:00 PM
Away from Earth’s gravity, cucumber roots head towards water. Mimicking that moisture-seeking behaviour on our planet could help plants adapt to drought

NASA’s planetary protection officer will defend Mars, not Earth

Thursday August 3rd, 2017 12:15:00 PM
A NASA job advert has made for excited headlines, but the agency isn’t hiring someone to protect us from aliens – it wants someone to protect alien microbes from us

Enormous exoplanet has an atmosphere hot enough to boil iron

Wednesday August 2nd, 2017 07:42:00 PM
A planet nearly double the size of Jupiter and 900 light years away has a glowing stratosphere and an atmosphere hot enough that iron there exists as a vapour

Fast radio bursts may be dark matter ‘stars’ hitting black holes

Tuesday August 1st, 2017 04:54:00 PM
The mysterious FRBs we’ve been tracking for a decade could be created by clumps of dark matter particles dancing along the edges of black holes

Building blocks of alien cells found on Saturn’s largest moon

Monday July 31st, 2017 02:00:00 PM
The discovery of two compounds that could help make cells only adds to Titan’s image as the most promising place in our solar system to look for alien life

Half the atoms inside your body came from across the universe

Monday July 31st, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Intergalactic winds carry gas and dust from one galaxy to the next, bringing half of the matter in our galaxy from up to a million light years away

First exomoon might have been spotted 4000 light years away

Thursday July 27th, 2017 12:50:00 PM
Astronomers may have found the first exomoon around a distant planet, and have asked to use Hubble to confirm whether the tantalising hints are a real discovery

Smallest satellite ever paves way for planned interstellar fleet

Wednesday July 26th, 2017 09:47:00 PM
Breakthrough Starshot, the $100 million project to send tiny spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, successfully operated a mini-satellite in orbit for the first time

We could build a galactic internet but it may take 300,000 years

Tuesday July 25th, 2017 05:10:00 PM
By using the timing of planets’ orbits around their stars, all the advanced civilizations that may exist in the Milky Way could communicate

When is a black hole not a black hole? When it’s a boson star

Tuesday July 25th, 2017 01:00:00 PM
Astronomers are confident they know what the mysterious massive object at the Milky Way’s heart is – but our first direct view this year could bring a shock

Tides on exoplanets could drive alien biological clocks

Monday July 24th, 2017 02:06:00 PM
On watery worlds that lack days and nights because one face always points toward their star, tides may help life emerge – and algal blooms might be the giveaway

The cosmic dance of three dead stars could break relativity

Friday July 21st, 2017 12:16:00 PM
Do we have the first hints that Einstein is about to be proven wrong? A stellar system discovered in 2012 looks like the ideal experiment to tell us

Elon Musk seems to have ditched Red Dragon lander plan for Mars

Thursday July 20th, 2017 05:50:00 PM
SpaceX will design a new spacecraft for a mission to the Red Planet, but Musk’s focus may be closer to home as he tweets Hyperloop plans

Earth’s underwater dunes help explain Venus’s weird surface

Wednesday July 19th, 2017 05:36:00 PM
Some of the properties of wind and dust on Venus may be similar to those of water and sediment at the bottom of our oceans

Asteroids may have been giant mudballs in the early solar system

Friday July 14th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Asteroids could have started life as sludgy balls of mud instead of tough rocks, which may explain how rocky planets came to be

Galaxy supercluster is one of the biggest things in the universe

Friday July 14th, 2017 06:37:00 PM
The Saraswati supercluster of 400 galaxies could help us understand the physics governing the whole universe

The best way to detect aliens may be by finding their footprints

Friday July 14th, 2017 05:14:00 PM
The first sign of aliens might not be microbes or radio signals but fossilised imprints or excrement left on the solid surfaces of Mars or Titan

Robotic landers could start mining the moon as early as 2020

Thursday July 13th, 2017 05:00:00 PM
Moon Express has just unveiled plans for three lunar expeditions. The firm aims to mine moon rocks to sell on Earth, and vague laws mean it probably can

First close-ups of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot from Juno flyby

Wednesday July 12th, 2017 05:55:00 PM
The closest-ever observations of our solar system’s biggest storm could tell us how deep into Jupiter it extends and how it has continued to rage for centuries

Mike Pence says he touched NASA equipment on a dare

Monday July 10th, 2017 04:10:00 PM
The US Vice President placed his hands on a piece of the Orion spacecraft while on a tour at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, despite a sign that forbade it

The exoplanet zoo – a whistle-stop tour

Monday July 10th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
From potentially life-supporting rocks to superheavy hells, there’s an alien world out there to suit everyone’s taste. Come and have a look

Titan’s conditions could be just right to power US-sized colony

Monday July 10th, 2017 03:15:00 PM
Saturn’s largest moon may be able to provide enough wind, solar or tidal power to make human life there a possibility – if we can build the tech to exploit it

Premier exoplanet hunter on finding the first alien world

Monday July 10th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
The idea of finding planets beyond the solar system was considered borderline crazy just a few decades ago, until Didier Queloz ran headlong into the first one

The ethics issue: Should we colonise other planets?

Sunday July 9th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
As ever more potentially habitable exoplanets are discovered, it's time we asked ourselves: do we have the right to take over another world?

Smartphone components work beautifully at nearly absolute zero

Friday July 7th, 2017 12:25:00 PM
A team working on electronics for a space-based camera has tested ordinary transistors at ultra-low temperatures, and they passed with flying colours

Sun’s gravity could power interstellar video streaming

Wednesday July 5th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Space transmissions could slingshot around the sun for a signal boost, producing data rates fast enough to stream video from interstellar space

Planets in other star systems fit a puzzling pattern

Tuesday July 4th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
Data from the Kepler space telescope show that exoplanets tend to be similar in size to their neighbours and regularly spaced, no matter the size of their star

North Korea claims test of an intercontinental ballistic missile

Tuesday July 4th, 2017 10:29:00 AM
The missile was launched into Japanese waters, but analysts suggest it could potentially be used to hit Alaska, raising the stakes once more in North Korea’s nuclear efforts

Arthur C. Clarke award makes science fiction a family affair

Tuesday July 4th, 2017 08:00:00 AM
The judges’ favourites reveal a growing appetite for science fiction which is also economic and political, says Lydia Nicholas

Rocket failure may delay China’s space station and moon missions

Monday July 3rd, 2017 12:20:00 PM
The second rocket failure in two weeks is likely to cause delays for China’s ambitious space programme whilst the causes are under investigation

Our young moon’s supersonic winds made waves in its magma ocean

Monday July 3rd, 2017 09:00:00 AM
Just after it was formed, the moon’s magma ocean would have steamed out a sodium atmosphere on the hot, Earth-facing side, creating dramatic winds

Why Morocco loves its meteorites

Friday June 30th, 2017 04:44:00 PM
Why have more space rocks been recovered in Morocco than in other countries of a similar size? It’s a great question for the world’s Asteroid Day  

A fine-tuned universe may be controversial but can’t be ignored

Thursday June 29th, 2017 04:40:00 PM
The suggestion that our universe has physical laws and constants inexplicably just right for life is in the ascendant. Expect a heated debate, says Geraint Lewis

Gecko-inspired robot has grippers that could clean up space junk

Wednesday June 28th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Hundreds of thousands of pieces of debris orbit our planet. A device that sticks to space junk like a gecko’s toes might be able to help clear them up

SpaceX has launched and landed two rockets in one weekend

Monday June 26th, 2017 05:22:00 PM
On 23 June, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket using a booster that had already been to space, only the second  time SpaceX has flown used boosters

Uranus’s crooked, messy magnetic field might open and shut daily

Friday June 23rd, 2017 04:00:00 PM
The off-kilter tumbling of the magnetic bubble around Uranus may regularly let a barrage of charged particles from the solar wind flow in

ESA approves gravitational-wave hunting spacecraft for 2034

Friday June 23rd, 2017 02:00:00 PM
The triplet LISA spacecraft, which will use powerful lasers to measure ripples in space-time from supermassive black holes, have been green-lit

Weird orbits hint ‘Planet Ten’ might lurk at solar system edge

Friday June 23rd, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Astronomers studying icy objects in a distant region called the Kuiper belt say an unconfirmed planet with similar mass to Mars could be responsible for tugging them out of alignment

Buckyballs mysteriously show up in cold space and warp starlight

Wednesday June 21st, 2017 05:30:00 PM
These molecular carbon cages could be used as tracers to understand how prebiotic molecules form in space

Kepler finds 219 new exoplanets and 10 are rocky and Earth-like

Tuesday June 20th, 2017 09:53:00 AM
NASA’s Kepler team has released its latest batch of planet candidates and they fall into two kinds: ones like Earth and those like mini-Neptunes

The bandwidth black hole that will kill Elon Musk’s Mars dream

Monday June 19th, 2017 06:30:00 PM
Without a new interplanetary internet to support the imminent boom in Martian probes, those with hopes of walking on the Red Planet will be stuck on Earth

Spectrum wars: The battle for the airwaves

Monday June 19th, 2017 02:00:00 PM
TV, mobiles, broadband, ID tags, tyre pressure sensors in your car: the radio spectrum may be our playground, but spectral noise is a nightmare for stargazers

NASA eyes Neptune and Uranus for missions in the 2030s

Friday June 16th, 2017 02:05:00 PM
Four possible missions to the ice giants are being proposed, including orbiters and a fly-by, to tell us what they’re made of and how such planets form

Time to embrace our odd place in the cosmos, inside a huge void?

Friday June 16th, 2017 11:19:00 AM
Evidence is growing that our neck of the universe is a whole lot of nothing. This alluring idea could settle a cosmological bun fight, says Geraint Lewis

Chinese satellite beats distance record for quantum entanglement

Thursday June 15th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Entangled photons survived transmission to locations 1200 kilometres apart on Earth, a feat that could kick off the use of quantum satellites for secure communications

Mistaken brown dwarf is actually two planets orbiting each other

Wednesday June 14th, 2017 04:53:00 PM
New observations reveal a rare binary planet system made of two gas giants four times as massive as Jupiter that likely formed in the breakup of a protostar 10 million years ago

The Higgs bang: The particle that blew up the universe

Wednesday June 14th, 2017 11:00:00 AM
It gives everything mass, and now some people think the Higgs boson sparked the stupendous split-second inflation that made the cosmos we see today

Messages from fake aliens decoded quickly in online SETI contest

Tuesday June 13th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
The general public were challenged to decrypt a pretend message from outer space consisting of nearly 2 million binary digits. They took less than a month to solve it

NASA revives 50-year-old idea to recycle space stations in orbit

Tuesday June 13th, 2017 02:13:00 PM
The space agency will work with three private companies to test whether spent fuel cells can be turned into fully functioning space stations while in orbit

Orbiting ‘space nation’ data centre could avoid all Earthly laws

Tuesday June 13th, 2017 08:30:00 AM
The self-styled Asgardia space nation plans to launch a data-filled satellite this year. Could international space law stop them if they decided to go rogue?

How Jupiter split the asteroid belt in two shows its great age

Monday June 12th, 2017 08:00:00 PM
An analysis of meteorites shows that Jupiter divided the rocks of the asteroid belt into two families within the first million years of the solar system

First mission to the moon: The real lesson

Sunday June 11th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Apollo 8 marked the start of humanity’s journey beyond Earth. But as a new book shows, space travel can also bring the focus back home

This science fiction trip is delightful, confusing – and risky

Friday June 9th, 2017 05:22:00 PM
Pinning down science fiction in a new exhibition may be a hopeless task. Just let Into the Unknown inspire you to boldly explore your own new frontiers

General relativity passes test at Milky Way’s central black hole

Friday June 9th, 2017 01:30:00 PM
Stars orbiting the supermassive black hole have been used to test Einstein’s famous theory for the first time, with no sign found of a fifth fundamental force

The mystery xenon in Earth’s atmosphere came from icy comets

Thursday June 8th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
The moon is younger than we thought according to data from the Rosetta spacecraft that shows 22 per cent of our atmospheric xenon came from comets

The hottest planet yet is twice Jupiter’s size and hot as a star

Thursday June 8th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
An exoplanet discovered orbiting a massive, scorching star 650 light years away is so hot that even its nightside hits temperatures higher than some stars

NASA is right to pay homage to the living for the first time

Wednesday June 7th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Naming a solar probe after astrophysicist Eugene Parker breaks the space agency’s tradition of only honouring the dead. That’s a good thing, says Geraint Lewis

Mass of a white dwarf star directly measured for the first time

Wednesday June 7th, 2017 04:15:00 PM
Einstein said it couldn’t be done, but astrophysicists have used his prediction that gravity bends light to directly measure the mass of a dense stellar remnant

The dreams our stuff is made of

Tuesday June 6th, 2017 11:40:00 AM
Ahead of our Dreamers’ Club discussion at London's Barbican centre on 29 June, author Simon Ings asks why the present looks so futuristic

SpaceX launches first reused Dragon capsule full of research

Monday June 5th, 2017 05:15:00 PM
The recycled capsule contained the first Chinese experiment to join the US side of the International Space Station, plus neutron star observation equipment

Old Scientist: Space travel? Waste of money

Sunday June 4th, 2017 07:00:00 AM
You can rely on New Scientist to frown at space spendthrifts, as our scan through issues from Junes gone by reveals

Of presidents and planets: Neil deGrasse Tyson looks ahead

Friday June 2nd, 2017 05:00:00 PM
Donald Trump’s election alarmed many scientists. Neil deGrasse Tyson takes a cosmic perspective, reflects on Obama’s legacy and considers the road to Mars

Mars rover sees signs of microbe-friendly layers in ancient lake

Thursday June 1st, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Curiosity’s inspection of a Martian lakebed reveals multiple environments where microbes could have thrived more than 3 billion years ago

Festivals 2017: Feel at one with the universe

Thursday June 1st, 2017 06:10:00 PM
The universe is the word at Europe’s festivals this year, with no shortage of ways to explore the night sky – and plenty of other science to pursue

LIGO’s third detection hints at how black hole binaries are born

Thursday June 1st, 2017 04:00:00 PM
The latest signal from the gravitational wave detector backs up Einstein’s theory of general relativity and gives more clues on how black holes get their spin

If I were a Martian, I’d start running now

Thursday June 1st, 2017 03:30:00 PM
Ahead of our Explorers’ Club discussion at London's Barbican centre on 15 June, author Adam Roberts discusses science fiction's outward urge

Rings and asteroids may explain ‘alien megastructure’ star

Thursday June 1st, 2017 01:15:00 PM
It could be time to ditch the alien megastructure. A massive ringed planet and a swarm of asteroids may instead explain Tabby’s star

Send an ear: Listening for sounds of life in the solar system

Thursday June 1st, 2017 12:00:00 PM
The seismic echoes of Jupiter’s icy moons could teach us more about their hidden oceans than any picture – and help us gauge their potential for life

NASA mission into sun’s atmosphere named after astrophysicist

Wednesday May 31st, 2017 05:21:00 PM
The Parker Solar Probe will go closer to the surface of the sun than any previous probe, in order to discover more about the physics of stars and the origins of the solar wind

Floating in microgravity gives bacteria permanent genetic boost

Wednesday May 31st, 2017 10:43:00 AM
Life in simulated zero gravity turns bacteria into reproductive powerhouses and may help them form tough colonies that could pose a risk to humans in space

Amazing pictures show cyclones swirling above Jupiter’s poles

Tuesday May 30th, 2017 02:35:00 PM
The best close-up images ever of Jupiter reveal surprising cyclones and ammonia patches that are forcing a rethink of our understanding of the planet

Weird energy beam seems to travel five times the speed of light

Tuesday May 30th, 2017 01:00:00 PM
The galaxy M87 emits a jet of plasma that looks like it’s breaking the cosmic speed limit – here’s how it manages the trick

Plasma jet engines that could take you from the ground to space

Tuesday May 30th, 2017 12:15:00 PM
Jet engines that compress gas into a plasma have been successfully tested at ground level for the first time

Tangoing pairs of hungry supermassive black holes grow in number

Sunday May 28th, 2017 02:00:00 PM
The discovery of more of these deadly duos through a fresh data-sifting technique raises the hope that their secret recipe might soon be unlocked

Saturn’s moons could reassemble after a cosmic smash-up

Friday May 26th, 2017 04:50:00 PM
Any surviving debris from a collision would forge a new patchwork moon – so that’s not how Saturn got its rings

Huge impact could have smashed early Earth into a doughnut shape

Thursday May 25th, 2017 04:49:00 PM
Many rocky worlds may have spent time as a newly named planetary form called a synestia – a loosely connected blob of molten rock and dust with a dented middle

Strange cosmic radio burst pinned down to giant stellar nursery

Thursday May 25th, 2017 04:06:00 PM
A young neutron star is probably the source of a strange repeating signal previously tracked to a dwarf galaxy 2.4 billion light years away

Brecht’s Life of Galileo pumped up for the 21st century

Thursday May 25th, 2017 10:18:00 AM
A production by London’s Young Vic of Bertolt Brecht’s play about Galileo turns a sombre affair into a raucous rave – for better and for worse

Astronomers scramble as ‘alien megastructure’ star dims again

Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 10:30:00 AM
Tabby’s star’s weird behaviour has been blamed on everything from asteroids to aliens. Now astronomers are racing to watch its dimming in action

Mouse sperm sent into space produces healthy IVF babies

Monday May 22nd, 2017 08:00:00 PM
The first experiment to test how space travel could affect mammals’ reproduction shows that pregnancy can smooth over DNA damage from cosmic radiation

LIGO could detect gravitational waves’ permanent space-time warp

Friday May 19th, 2017 03:33:00 PM
When gravitational waves permanently distort space-time, it causes a “memory” signal – which may help LIGO find some of the universe’s most exotic objects

Titan’s riverbeds show a terrain built more like Mars than Earth

Thursday May 18th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Saturn’s largest moon resembles Earth with its rivers and mountains, but it came by its topography very differently - and could still be active today

Odds on: 10 science breakthroughs you can bet on

Thursday May 18th, 2017 03:15:00 PM
Human clones, a colony on Mars, alien contact... what world-changing breakthroughs will come in the next decade? We asked the experts – with some surprising results

Final demands: We explore sci-fi’s unworldly money troubles

Wednesday May 17th, 2017 03:30:00 PM
Humanity may struggle to meet the costs of the futures featured in our round-up of recent science fiction books by Abigail Nussbaum

The human universe: Does consciousness create reality?

Wednesday May 17th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
While not a complete figment of our imagination, the universe may only become real because we're looking at it

Stars can start shining at a smaller mass than we thought

Wednesday May 17th, 2017 01:30:00 PM
Objects with only 6.7 per cent of the sun’s mass can be stars, according to a fresh measurement of how massive an object must be to achieve nuclear fusion

Neptune-like exoplanet spotted that has a watery atmosphere

Tuesday May 16th, 2017 11:45:00 AM
Signs of water in a gas giant exoplanet’s atmosphere suggest the world formed much closer to its star than gas giants in our solar system did

Microbes might thrive after crash-landing on board a meteorite

Tuesday May 16th, 2017 11:22:00 AM
Some extremophile bacteria could survive the a crash-landing of a meteorite or spacecraft, helping them travel between worlds

What vision of doom made Hawking seek a faster Earth exit plan?

Monday May 15th, 2017 04:30:00 PM
Stephen Hawking now says humanity must colonise other worlds within a century, rather than 1000 years, to ensure survival. Why the rush, asks Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Earth may have been born in a huge flare-up of the young sun

Friday May 12th, 2017 01:00:00 PM
A sudden brightening of the infant sun – called an FU Orionis outburst – could have melted dust grains and made them stick together, building our world


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Thank you

Monday November 12th, 2012 05:16:04 PM Phil Plait

This is my last post for the Bad Astronomy Blog on Discover Magazine. As of today – Monday, November 12, 2012 – the blog has a new home at Slate magazine. It has been my pleasure and honor to be a Discover blogger for more than four years. Still, I remember my science teacher in […]

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Revealed: My tattoo

Monday November 12th, 2012 01:00:09 PM Phil Plait

Folks, it’s time. And an appropriate time: for my penultimate post here at Discover Magazine, I’ve decided to show you my tattoo. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but there were a lot of behind-the-scenes issues getting permissions I won’t bore you with. But by the time I was able to post […]

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A refreshing Shasta

Sunday November 11th, 2012 02:00:37 PM Phil Plait

The Cascade range of volcanoes is pretty impressive to see from the ground. Stretching from California up to Washington, it includes famous mountains like Saint Helens, Hood, and Rainier. I’ve seen many of these while driving in the area, and they’re even cooler from an airplane. But I have to say, the view from the […]

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Nerd deGrasse Tyson

Saturday November 10th, 2012 02:00:22 PM Phil Plait

Speaking of Neil Tyson, if you’re a fan of his you’ll be pleased to know that his show, Star Talk Radio, is now going to be part of the Nerdist Channel network! Thats actually a pretty big deal; Chris Hardwick has created this juggernaut of Nerdist and it reaches a lot of folks. The new […]

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Astronomy podcast for kids

Friday November 9th, 2012 07:00:47 PM Phil Plait

I love it when kids get excited enough about science to go out and do something about it. That’s why I’m digging Jeffrey Tang – who’s 10 – because he created the Astronomy For Kids podcast, where he talks about different astronomical things. The first podcast went up in February 2012 ("The Solar System") and […]

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Repost: Carl Sagan Day

Friday November 9th, 2012 04:30:07 PM Phil Plait

[Today is Carl Sagan’s birthday, celebrated by lovers of science and rationality around the planet. I wrote the following post last year, but I think it’s still appropriate (and I updated his age). Happy birthday, Carl. It’s a darker cosmos without you, but we still walk with the candle you lit for us.] If Carl […]

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Moon bounce

Friday November 9th, 2012 02:00:23 PM Phil Plait

Of all the amazing pictures returned from the moon by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter – and I may include the Apollo landing sites among them – I think my favorites are the ones showing boulders that rolled down slopes. Did I say rolled? I mean bounced! [Click to enselenate.] This shot from LRO shows the […]

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Uwingu wants you to submit names for their planetary baby book

Thursday November 8th, 2012 04:38:26 PM Phil Plait

Astronomers are discovering a lot of planets these days. The official count is 800+, with thousands of more candidates (unconfirmed but suspiciously planet-like). Right now we give them alphabet soup names. Alpha Centauri Bb. HR 8799b (through HR8799 e). And of course, everyone’s favorite, 2MASS J04414489+2301513b. These catalog names are useful, but less than public […]

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Getting closer: Super-Earth found in a star’s habitable zone

Thursday November 8th, 2012 01:39:26 PM Phil Plait

Well now, this is an interesting discovery: astronomers have found what looks like a "super-Earth" – a planet more massive than Earth but still smaller than a gas giant – orbiting a nearby star at the right distance to have liquid water on it! Given that, it might – might – be Earthlike. This is […]

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Back to work

Wednesday November 7th, 2012 07:07:11 PM Phil Plait

A few people – including my pal Deric Hughes – put together this non-partisan and nicely done video in honor of democracy: If you like it, give it a thumbs-up on YouTube and Like it on FB. And they’re right. As I wrote last night, there is much work to be done. I don’t think […]

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Variety



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Lady Gaga to Be Deposed in Dr. Luke-Kesha Defamation Case

Thursday August 17th, 2017 03:50:00 AM Shirley Halperin
Lady Gaga will submit to a deposition in the ongoing legal battle between producer Dr. Luke and pop singer Kesha, Variety has confirmed. Dr. Luke is suing Kesha for defamation, the latest in an ugly legal battle that began in 2014 when the pop star went public with claims that the producer had abused her. That... Read more »

HBO Social Media Accounts Hacked (EXCLUSIVE)

Thursday August 17th, 2017 03:13:48 AM Andrew Wallenstein
Way to kick HBO while it’s down. As if the Time Warner-owned cable network didn’t have enough problems to worry about with cyberattacks, a notorious hacking group took over the company’s Twitter and Facebook accounts Wednesday night. “Hi, OurَMiَne are here, we are just testing your security ,HBO team please contact us to upgrade the... Read more »

Film Review: ‘Dave Made a Maze’

Thursday August 17th, 2017 01:16:23 AM dharv2014
“Dave Made a Maze” purportedly utilized over 30,000 square feet of scrap cardboard to realize its fantasy world.

Alicia Vikander’s ‘Tulip Fever’ Moved Back to Quiet Labor Day Weekend

Thursday August 17th, 2017 01:05:23 AM Dave McNary
The Weinstein Company has set a nationwide release date of Sept. 1 for its period drama “Tulip Fever,” starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, and Judi Dench. TWC shifted the release Wednesday back a week from Aug. 25 to the Labor Day weekend, when it will be the only film opening in wide release.... Read more »

Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum

Thursday August 17th, 2017 12:48:27 AM Terry Flores
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its third annual fundraising gala on Nov. 7 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco The award honors those who have made an outstanding impact in arts,... Read more »

Fox News Host Eboni K. Williams on Receiving Death Threats After Segment Criticizing Trump

Thursday August 17th, 2017 12:36:30 AM Erin Nyren
Eboni K. Williams had never received anything like the responses she garnered after she aired her grievances with President Trump while on-air on “The Fox News Specialists.” The co-host addressed Trump on Monday in her “Eboni’s Docket” segment, which she writes herself, berating him for failing to specify white nationalist groups in his condemnation of... Read more »

Supernatural Crime Thriller Project Wins HBO Europe Award at Midpoint TV Launch Program

Thursday August 17th, 2017 12:16:40 AM Alex Stedman
The Sarajevo Film Festival is proving fertile ground for TV projects thanks to the Midpoint TV Launch international script and development program, which on Wednesday culminated with the HBO Europe Award for “The Midnight Shift,” a supernatural crime thriller project. The Midpoint TV Launch program began in November with seven projects in development, mostly from... Read more »

Kendall Jenner Looks to Sell Wilshire Corridor Condo and Sunset Strip Contemporary

Wednesday August 16th, 2017 11:49:46 PM Mark David
SELLER: Kendall Jenner LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $1,600,000 SIZE: 2,068 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Though there have been unconfirmed reports she’s made an off-market deal to sell her glassy, celeb-pedigreed contemporary residence above L.A.’s Sunset Strip — a bit more on that in a minute — in-demand fashion model... Read more »

TV News Roundup: Joy Nash to Star in AMC Series ‘Dietland’

Wednesday August 16th, 2017 10:55:28 PM Erin Nyren
In today’s roundup, Joy Nash joins the cast of AMC’s “Dietland,” and Masterpiece announced the air date of “Victoria’s” second season. CASTING AMC has announced that Joy Nash has been cast in the lead role for the network’s upcoming project “Dietland.” The original 10-episode drama series is based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel of the same... Read more »

Art Directors Guild Adds Animated Feature Category to Its Awards

Wednesday August 16th, 2017 10:49:06 PM Terry Flores
The Art Directors Guild has added an animated feature category to its Excellence in Production Design Awards, slated for Jan. 27 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The award for production design for an animated feature film accompanies the theme for the event’s latest edition, “Production Design in Animation: Celebrating 100 Years... Read more »



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