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Last feed update: Thursday November 23rd, 2017 08:32:55 PM

Private mission may get us back to Enceladus sooner than NASA

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Russian billionaire Yuri Milner is considering privately funding a mission to Enceladus, one of the prime places to search for life in our solar system

Signs of running water on Mars dunes are probably just dry sand

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 04:52:00 PM
The strange striped patterns that appear and fade away on Martian slopes were once thought to be evidence of flowing water – they’re actually made by dry sand

Ocean-covered planets may not be the places to search for life

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 05:17:00 PM
Looking for life in the universe has often come down to a search for water on other planets. But water worlds may not make enough of the nutrients life needs

We got a good look at the interstellar asteroid and it’s weird

Monday November 20th, 2017 10:21:00 PM
Our first detailed glimpse at ‘Oumuamua, the interstellar asteroid that recently flew by Earth, shows it’s one of the weirdest asteroids we’ve ever seen

The message we’re sending to nearby aliens is no threat to Earth

Monday November 20th, 2017 05:45:00 PM
Critics fear provoking hostile extraterrestrials by beaming messages to our closest exoplanets but there's no need to worry, says METI president Douglas Vakoch

The New Horizons spacecraft is heading towards a mystery rock

Monday November 20th, 2017 11:00:00 AM
After its visit to Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is travelling through the Kuiper belt towards what seems to be one rock - but what if it's actually two?

Lightning leaves clouds of radiation and antimatter in its wake

Saturday November 18th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
A lightning storm can trigger an atmospheric nuclear reaction that leads to the production of antimatter and radiation, which may pose health risks

Black holes that shred stars burp out cosmic rays and neutrinos

Friday November 17th, 2017 09:23:00 PM
The highest energy cosmic rays and neutrinos that rain down on Earth may come from white dwarf stars being devoured by black holes

We just sent a message to try to talk to aliens on another world

Friday November 17th, 2017 04:38:00 PM
We've just sent a message to a nearby star to see if there's any life there - and we'll only have to wait 25 years for a reply

We may know why Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is red instead of white

Thursday November 16th, 2017 09:33:00 PM
The gases in Jupiter's atmosphere should form white clouds, so why do they look red? Two teams have found different recipes for the red in the Great Red Spot

Dark matter may be the source of antimatter streaming past Earth

Thursday November 16th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Two nearby powerful pulsars aren’t responsible for the stream of antimatter positrons snaking past Earth, so dark matter might be behind it after all

A layer of haze keeps Pluto’s atmosphere extremely cold

Wednesday November 15th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Pluto is far from the sun, so astronomers expect its atmosphere to be cold, but it's colder than predicted. Now we know that soot sends the sun’s heat back into space

We’ve just found a nearby exoplanet that could be right for life

Wednesday November 15th, 2017 04:08:00 PM
A newly discovered nearby world is probably close in size and temperature to Earth. This exoplanet might be able to host life because of its unusually calm star

The ‘space nation’ Asgardia just launched its first satellite

Wednesday November 15th, 2017 02:30:00 PM
Asgardia is a 'virtual nation' that says it aims to build sovereign colonies in space. On 12 November it launched a satellite carrying its citizens’ data

We found our galactic twin 180 million light years away

Tuesday November 14th, 2017 07:14:00 PM
Astronomers have spotted a trio of galaxies that look remarkably like the giant spiral of the Milky Way and its two brightest companions, the Magellanic Clouds

Should we seed life through the cosmos using laser-driven ships?

Monday November 13th, 2017 04:58:00 PM
Our galaxy may have billions of habitable worlds. A proposal to spread life says we should use giant lasers and light sails to send microbes out to them

Neptune’s other moons were normal until Triton crashed the party

Friday November 10th, 2017 02:53:00 PM
Neptune’s moons are unlike anything in the solar system, thanks to Triton barrelling in and laying waste to the moons that were there before it

A bizarre supernova keeps exploding over and over again

Friday November 10th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
The weirdest supernova ever seen is a zombie star that keeps collapsing and coming back to life. It’s so strange, it may be a whole new kind of celestial object

Tracking the first interstellar asteroid back to its home star

Thursday November 9th, 2017 07:41:00 PM
Last month, astronomers saw the first asteroid from outside our solar system speed by. Now, they're tracing its orbit back to find out where it came from

Giant star smash-up may have made the biggest neutron star ever

Thursday November 9th, 2017 04:29:00 PM
The collision that produced recent gravitational waves may have left behind the biggest neutron star ever seen. But it might have collapsed into a black hole

Five firms aim to power moon-orbiting way station to deep space

Thursday November 9th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Deep Space Gateway is NASA’s planned outpost at the moon for launches to other worlds. The agency has awarded 5 contracts to start working out how to power it

Enceladus’s hot, gritty core may cook up ingredients for life

Monday November 6th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Saturn’s moon Enceladus seems to have a sandy core that warms water passing between the grains. This heating could help create conditions that are right for life

Why Hawking’s PhD thesis is now an internet-breaking inspiration

Monday November 6th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
Millions rushed to freely access Stephen Hawking's early musings when they went online. More of the same would help ignite young minds everywhere, says Geraint Lewis

Old Scientist: Why aren’t there more British Nobels?

Sunday November 5th, 2017 07:00:00 AM
Why did a maverick British astronomer never get the gong? New Scientists of Novembers past reveal it’s a perennial worry

We may have found 20 habitable worlds hiding in plain sight

Friday November 3rd, 2017 05:43:00 PM
After taking another look at data from the Kepler space telescope’s original mission we have spotted 20 possible Earth-like worlds that could host life

Space changes how your brain thinks and it starts right away

Friday October 27th, 2017 05:23:00 PM
Just a few minutes of microgravity is enough to change your brain. This suggests space tourists and long-haul astronauts may need to take precautions to think straight

We now know more on the origins of weird duck-shaped comet 67P

Friday October 27th, 2017 03:58:00 PM
One of the weirdest comets we’ve seen formed from tiny pebbles that trace back to the start of our solar system – which may tell us more about how planets are made

Boiling water on Mars could make the planet’s sand levitate

Friday October 27th, 2017 10:00:00 AM
In Martian summer, the combination of warm temperatures and a thin atmosphere make any liquid water on the surface boil, which can let dust hover across the ground

Hiding in plain sight: The mystery of the sun’s missing matter

Thursday October 26th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
A mass equivalent to 1500 Earths has vanished from the sun. Tracking it down could transform how we see the stars

We may have just seen the first comet from another solar system

Wednesday October 25th, 2017 10:42:00 PM
An icy comet just hurtled past the sun on a strange path that suggests it came from outside our solar system, making it the first such interloper we've ever spotted

Dawn spacecraft approved to spend another year studying Ceres

Wednesday October 25th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
NASA has extended the mission of the Dawn probe around the icy dwarf planet Ceres. It will dip toward Ceres's surface and study its tenuous atmosphere

A 300-kilometre space rock has vanished since we saw it in 1995

Wednesday October 25th, 2017 04:08:00 PM
Don’t feel so bad for losing your keys. Astronomers somehow lost a huge space rock first seen 22 years ago – and it’s far from the first cosmic object to go missing

How we could make oxygen on Mars, plus fuel to get home

Tuesday October 24th, 2017 04:41:00 PM
On Mars oxygen and fuel are in short supply, but there might be a way to make both from carbon dioxide in the air

Strangest star: 6 things we didn’t know about the sun

Tuesday October 24th, 2017 02:30:00 PM
With its fiery rains, speedy magnetic flips and an atmosphere that defies the laws of physics – our home star is as weird as it gets

Possible exomoon may be an ocean-covered world as big as Saturn

Monday October 23rd, 2017 05:38:00 PM
The exomoon candidate found in July is a real oddity – early calculations suggest it’s huge and doesn’t fit any moon formation processes we currently know

Dark energy survives neutron star crash test while rivals fail

Monday October 23rd, 2017 11:00:00 AM
We saw gravitational waves and light at the same moment from a neutron star merger, which means Einstein was right and some alternative theories are dead

Volcanoes that spew stretchy ice could make dwarf planets bright

Friday October 20th, 2017 06:21:00 PM
Something strange is happening on dwarf planets Eris and Makemake. They’re tiny and cold, but they still show surprising signs of geologic activity, like real planets

Why our ‘freakish’ galaxy has got cosmologists seriously worried

Thursday October 19th, 2017 01:17:00 PM
In the grand club of galaxies, the Milky Way is increasingly looking like an outlier. This is a looming challenge for cosmology, says Geraint Lewis

The 5 biggest discoveries from the hunt for gravitational waves

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 09:48:00 PM
Detecting gravitational waves has given us a new way to observe the universe by listening to ripples in space-time. Here are five of the biggest finds from LIGO

Gravitational waves have let us see huge neutron stars colliding

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 05:00:00 PM
We’ve taken the first pictures of neutron stars colliding 130 million light years away. The resulting gravitational waves may solve some big cosmic mysteries

A tech-destroying solar flare could hit Earth within 100 years

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 10:30:00 AM
If the sun spews “superflares” as often as other stars, one could take down power systems, damage the ozone layer and destroy satellites in the next century

Astronaut wee could show us how the plumes on Enceladus work

Tuesday October 17th, 2017 11:07:00 PM
The way spaceships vent urine and water may be a good stand-in for studying how jets of vapour escape the hidden ocean on one of Saturn’s icy moons

A gaggle of 7 moons keep Saturn’s rings from breaking apart

Tuesday October 17th, 2017 07:08:00 PM
The gravity from seven of its moons stops Saturn’s bright outer ring from spreading out and dispersing into space, according to Cassini spacecraft measurements

We can finally map the spiral arm on the far side of the galaxy

Thursday October 12th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Using a jet of radio waves, astronomers have begun to map the other side of the Milky Way. Within 10 years we could have a complete map of the entire galaxy

Distant dwarf planet near Pluto has a ring that no one expected

Wednesday October 11th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
The tiny world Haumea has a ring, the most distant we’ve found in our solar system. This may mean rings encircle other far-off worlds in the solar system

Giant black hole seen flickering on and off after galaxy snack

Wednesday October 11th, 2017 01:10:00 PM
Active Galactic Nuclei occur when a black hole devours a cloud of gas and dust and shines really brightly. Now one has been seen doing it twice

It was always crazy to shoot for Mars before colonising the moon

Tuesday October 10th, 2017 03:25:00 PM
Common sense is prevailing in human space exploration, and the moon is back as the place we need to colonise before a riskier trip to Mars, says Paul Marks

Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found

Tuesday October 10th, 2017 10:18:00 AM
About half the normal matter in our universe had never been observed – until now. Two teams have finally seen it by combining millions of faint images into one

Culture picks: Read your way into (almost) any science subject

Tuesday October 10th, 2017 09:30:00 AM
From gravitational waves to waves of flavour, Jonathon Keats surveys the best of the current crop of science writing

Nanoflares in the sun’s plasma may cause its scalding atmosphere

Monday October 9th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Tiny explosions in the atmosphere may explain why the solar corona is a million degrees hotter than the sun’s surface

Lunar volcanoes and lava lakes gave the early moon an atmosphere

Friday October 6th, 2017 05:16:00 PM
The same volcanic eruptions that made the dark patches we can see on the moon spewed out enough hot gas to create an atmosphere billions of years ago

The sun’s energy could speed up dark matter so we can detect it

Thursday October 5th, 2017 03:37:00 PM
If dark matter is made of ultra-light particles with very little energy, one way to find them is to catch them after they ricochet off the sun

The mysterious bright spots on Ceres may have a common origin

Monday October 2nd, 2017 04:33:00 PM
The dwarf planet Ceres is dappled with mysterious bright splotches. Their make-up varies with location, but they may all come from the same process

Methane burps on young Mars helped it keep its liquid water

Monday October 2nd, 2017 04:00:00 PM
The mystery of how water on Mars lasted for millions of years may come down to methane explosions that warmed the planet enough to melt ice and make rivers flow

Science fiction picks sound wedding bells and other alarms

Monday October 2nd, 2017 10:00:00 AM
People are stronger together, according to the latest crop of novels by Maggie Shen King, M. T. Anderson and Dave Hutchinson

Rocket man: Willy Ley’s fervour helped put men on the moon

Sunday October 1st, 2017 10:00:00 AM
A biography of the “prophet of the space age” shows what rocketry owes to Willy Ley’s preaching through TV, radio and printed media, and even via toy firms

Latest gravitational wave isn’t from neutron stars after all

Friday September 29th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
Recent speculation about the latest gravitational wave experiments suggested they may have seen a neutron star merger, but it’s another black hole smashup

Elon Musk’s new plans for a moon base and a Mars mission by 2022

Friday September 29th, 2017 07:15:00 AM
SpaceX aims to launch spaceships to Mars within five years with a new rocket design that could also be used on Earth to make rapid around-the-globe trips

Extreme gusts of space gas made early black holes enormous

Thursday September 28th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Some of the earliest black holes in the universe are bigger than our current theories can explain, but gas left over from the big bang could be the solution

Snap decisions: Thomas Ruff’s show is, literally, off colour

Thursday September 28th, 2017 09:54:00 AM
A photographer once known for reimagining portraiture now gives astronomy a disconcerting makeover at London’s Whitechapel Gallery

Super-Earths draw asteroids to other worlds, which may seed life

Tuesday September 26th, 2017 11:19:00 AM
Asteroid collisions can be destructive – just ask the dinosaurs – but they also bring key ingredients for life. Super-Earths can draw them to nearby worlds

Huge space rocks could have helped start Earth’s plate tectonics

Monday September 25th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Nobody knows how or why plate tectonics got started on Earth. But new evidence suggest collisions with space rocks millions of years ago may have something to do with it

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft zooms by Earth on its way to an asteroid

Friday September 22nd, 2017 03:40:00 PM
On its way to collect dust samples from the asteroid Bennu, NASA’S OSIRIS-REx spaceship will slingshot around Earth, passing 17,000 kilometres above Antarctica

Far-off galaxies are firing rare high-energy cosmic rays at us

Thursday September 21st, 2017 07:00:00 PM
The highest energy particles in the universe hit Earth very rarely, so it took 10 years of data to pinpoint their origin. They’re coming from galaxies far, far away

Star nicknamed Kronos after eating its own planetary children

Thursday September 21st, 2017 05:41:00 PM
A pair of binary stars are less alike than any pair we’ve seen, possibly because one gobbled its own orbiting planets, winning it the nickname Kronos

Infamous three-body problem has over a thousand new solutions

Wednesday September 20th, 2017 05:02:00 PM
A long-standing maths puzzle has 1223 new solutions, more than doubling the number of possible paths three objects can take as they orbit one another

Our closest star system may be home to a stolen star and planet

Wednesday September 20th, 2017 03:26:00 PM
Proxima b, the nearest exoplanet to Earth, may have been captured along with its star instead of born in the dangerous three-star system where it now lives

Mysterious flashing star seems destined for an explosive end

Monday September 18th, 2017 12:58:00 PM
A detective story that began in the 1950s when a star seemed to go supernova but survived ended this month when someone figured out what was going on

Cassini’s legacy: Where next in the search for alien life

Monday September 18th, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Without Cassini and its forebears we would never have guessed life may lurk in the cold outer reaches of the solar system – now we know just where to look

Watching Cassini’s last moments from inside NASA mission control

Friday September 15th, 2017 07:25:00 PM
The Cassini team was at once somber and excited as they watched the spacecraft’s radio heartbeat flicker out. Mika McKinnon joined them to say goodbye

Brown dwarfs have strong magnetic fields just like real stars

Friday September 15th, 2017 05:11:00 PM
Failed stars called brown dwarfs straddle the line between big planets and small stars. An observation of a magnetic field puts another tick in the star column

Final pictures from Cassini as probe smashes into Saturn

Friday September 15th, 2017 03:55:00 PM
Say goodbye to humanity’s outpost at Saturn with a look at Cassini’s final images before it was swallowed by Saturn’s atmosphere

Cassini takes last look at the ring patterns made by mini moons

Friday September 15th, 2017 03:49:00 PM
These unusual patterns in Saturn's rings give us clues to what happens when planets are born, and may help us understand how our solar system formed

Cassini’s 10 best pictures from its 13-year voyage around Saturn

Thursday September 14th, 2017 04:20:00 PM
On 15 September, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn, ending its mission with a bang. New Scientist looks back at 10 of its best images

Tears for Cassini: why it’s OK to well up over a lump of metal

Thursday September 14th, 2017 04:19:00 PM
Expect more of the modern phenomenon of mass mourning for a machine when the space probe Cassini makes its death dive into Saturn, says Joelle Renstrom

Cassini’s Grand Finale: The ups and downs of our 20-year mission

Thursday September 14th, 2017 02:25:00 PM
Michele Dougherty's team rode its luck to make eye-opening discoveries around Saturn and its moons. She reveals the project's pleasures and pains

Cassini’s Grand Finale: The spacecraft that unveiled Saturn

Thursday September 14th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
From magical rings to loony moons to giant polar hurricanes, in 13 years orbiting Saturn the Cassini probe has exposed many wonders. Here's our pick

Cassini to live-stream its final moments in Saturn’s atmosphere

Wednesday September 13th, 2017 01:02:00 PM
Before the Cassini spacecraft ends its 20-year mission by disintegrating in Saturn’s atmosphere, we have one last chance for new information on the gas giant

The Farthest: How the Voyager story keeps on giving

Tuesday September 12th, 2017 04:55:00 PM
Forty years after the Voyager spacecraft launched, a movie captures the grandeur of the project – plus its alien appeal

Nine probes reached the outer solar system: Where are they now?

Tuesday September 12th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Besides Cassini, eight missions have passed the asteroid belt – and several are still broadcasting from the furthest solar system and beyond

Slingshot around Titan is the beginning of the end for Cassini

Monday September 11th, 2017 01:33:00 PM
The Cassini spacecraft is passing by Titan on its final nosedive into Saturn. Plenty has been revealed about Saturn’s largest moon on Cassini’s 20-year mission

Our sun probably didn’t steal Planet Nine from outer space

Monday September 11th, 2017 12:51:00 PM
If there is a Planet Nine lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system, it was probably born close to the sun rather than snatched up from afar

Low-oxygen dwarf galaxy shows us how the early universe looked

Friday September 8th, 2017 05:49:00 PM
A star factory with the lowest oxygen level ever seen in such a galaxy could help us understand how the elements were distributed after the big bang

Win the chance to speak to an astronaut on the ISS

Thursday September 7th, 2017 03:30:00 PM
London calling low-Earth orbit. Enter our New Scientist Live competition to pose a question to an astronaut in a live communications link-up with the International Space Station

The sun just belched out the strongest solar flare in 12 years

Thursday September 7th, 2017 08:40:00 AM
If your GPS has been acting funny, take it up with the sun. Our star has released the most powerful solar flare since 2005

Jupiter’s powerful aurora is surprisingly different from Earth’s

Wednesday September 6th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
We always assumed that auroras on Jupiter were caused by the same process that brings the swirling light shows to Earth. New observations show that they aren’t

Some of Uranus’s small moons are doomed to collide

Monday September 4th, 2017 04:20:00 PM
The first measurement of the mass of a small Uranian moon suggests it will be obliterated after smashing into one of its neighbours in the next million years

Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth in closest fly-by since 1890

Monday September 4th, 2017 04:12:00 PM
A 4.4-kilometre-wide space rock whizzed past Earth on its closest orbit in over a century. This asteroid won’t get this close again until after 2500

‘Impossible’ star explosions made by gas and solar wind pile-up

Monday September 4th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Stellar explosions often shine brighter than is theoretically possible without blowing up entirely. Debris cloud smash-ups could be amplifying the light

We’ve just seen 15 new mysterious cosmic radio bursts from space

Friday September 1st, 2017 02:30:00 PM
Breakthrough Listen detected more radio pulses from the famous repeating source FRB 121102. They’re higher frequency than previous ones but we still don’t know what causes them

Spiralling galaxy arms spread oxygen around for future planets

Thursday August 31st, 2017 09:00:00 PM
The spiral arms of a galaxy called NGC 1365 contain 60 per cent more oxygen than the space between, the most extreme variation seen in a galaxy like this

Some TRAPPIST-1 planets may have the right conditions for water

Thursday August 31st, 2017 06:27:00 PM
Water on the planets nearest the TRAPPIST-1 star would be destroyed by UV radiation but it could survive on the cooler worlds in the habitable zone

Hidden pockets of turbulent gas fuel stars in far-off galaxies

Wednesday August 30th, 2017 06:41:00 PM
Galactic winds once thought to slow star formation may be driving the creation of new stars in distant galaxies, challenging long held beliefs about galaxy evolution

Weird ancient burst of light in the sky turns out to be a nova

Wednesday August 30th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Six centuries ago, Korean astronomers recorded a bright spot in the night sky. A 25-year hunt for that star has settled a debate about how classical novae behave

Nobody knows how these baby stars got so close to our black hole

Wednesday August 30th, 2017 04:30:00 PM
A group of stars orbits so close to the Milky Way’s black hole that they could have never formed there. But they’re too young to have been born further away

One of Europa’s plumes may not exist, making hunt for life hard

Tuesday August 29th, 2017 05:46:00 PM
Jupiter’s icy moon is a promising place to find alien microbes, but hopes that they could be blasted into space by watery plumes may have diminished

NASA insists it is going to Mars, but it really can’t afford to

Monday August 28th, 2017 01:00:00 PM
The long-held desire to send humans to the Red Planet is nowhere near being realised, despite NASA claiming it is on a Journey to Mars

Chris Hadfield: We should live on the moon before a trip to Mars

Friday August 25th, 2017 05:45:00 PM
The next stage of our push into space should be setting up home on the moon, says astronaut Chris Hadfield, who warns a rush to Mars would be deadly

‘Alien megastructure’ star may host Saturn-like exoplanet

Friday August 25th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
Rather than being caused by extraterrestrial construction, the bizarre dimming of Tabby’s star could instead be due to a closely orbiting, ringed planet

Wonky signals from distant stars could be sign of exocomets

Thursday August 24th, 2017 03:35:00 PM
Astronomers looking at two stars 800 light years away say they may have found the first comets beyond our solar system


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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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Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti’s ‘Hippocrate’ Medical Series

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 06:37:49 PM elskes
French helmer Thomas Lilti will be making his TV debut with “Hippocrate,” a medical drama series inspired by his 2014 film, which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week. The contemporary series, comprising eight one-hour episodes, has been commissioned by French TV channel Canal Plus. Lilti created the series with Anais Carpita (“Call My Agent!”), Claude […]

Luca Guadagnino Relied on a Pair of Longtime Friends for ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Decor, Costumes

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 06:15:55 PM Terry Flores
Two longtime friends of director Luca Guadagnino added their personal touch to “Call Me by Your Name,” his sensual summer romance from Sony Pictures Classics that’s set in northern Italy in 1983. An interior decorator by trade, first-time set decorator Violante Visconti (Luchino Visconti’s grandniece) dressed the 17th-century villa where young Elio (Timothée Chalamet) lives […]

Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise — Demián Rugna

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 06:15:02 PM Leo Barraclough
MAR DEL PLATA — “Is there any way of stopping this?” police commissioner Funes asks paranormal expert Albreck as the body count and unearthly beings proliferate at three common-or-garden Argentine suburban chalets in Demián Rugna’s “Aterrados” (Terrified). “No,” answers Albreck, a venerable bluestocking, just before a twig-lick arm snaps out of a crack in a […]

‘Star Wars’ Video Game Microtransactions Ignite Controversy

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 06:00:43 PM mattfernandezsite
With the excitement already building for the year-end release of the latest “Star Wars” film, the new video game “Star Wars: Battlefront II” was poised to capitalize on all the excitement for the vaunted Disney franchise. Unfortunately for Electronic Arts, the video game studio behind “Battlefront II,” controversy and fan anger over the game’s microtransactions […]

‘Teen Titans Go’: Animation for All Ages Celebrates Major Milestone Ahead of Feature Film

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 06:00:39 PM Danielle Turchiano
Warner Bros. Animation may be best known for a legacy library of titles that range from “Scooby Doo” to “Tom and Jerry” to Bugs Bunny and Batman, but “Teen Titans Go!” is quickly inching up on the list of important players for the studio. Just in time for Cartoon Network’s 25th anniversary, the animated youth […]

Philanthropy at the Core of Scooter Braun’s Business

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 06:00:17 PM Terry Flores
Scooter Braun helps steer the careers of some of today’s top stars as manager to Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Tori Kelly and more, but despite the glamour his celebrity clientele carries, philanthropy is a cornerstone of his company SB Projects’ philosophy: “One of our core values is doing well by doing good,” the […]

Duffer Brothers on ‘Stranger Things’ 2 and What Scares Them

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 05:45:29 PM Terry Flores
The Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross, got their start as writer-producers on the 2015 Fox series “Wayward Pines.” Their Netflix show, “Stranger Things,” about supernatural events in the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., saw the brothers nominated for Emmy Awards as writers, directors and producers. Season two of the show dropped Oct. 27. How would […]

‘Coco’ Stuffing ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Box Office

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 04:57:04 PM Dave McNary
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” is heading for a clear victory over “Justice League” at the Thanksgiving holiday box office, estimates showed Thursday morning. “Coco” should finish above $70 million at 3,958 North American locations in its first five days while “Justice League” will wind up around $60 million at 4,051 sites. “Coco” is performing significantly above pre-release […]

Playback: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on ‘Lady Bird’ and Coming of Age

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 04:31:41 PM Kristopher Tapley
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. This week, on a special Thanksgiving episode, we have “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig and star Saoirse Ronan. It’s an apt day for the conversation, which you’ll gather if you’ve seen the film. “Lady Bird” marks […]

Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani Riff on Their Parents’ Expectations and Name Mispronunciations

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 04:00:37 PM Alex Stedman
Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”) and Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) sat down for a chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” which airs Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE. Kumail Nanjiani: So how did you end up playing “Wonder Woman”? How did that happen? Gal Gadot: It’s kind of one thing led […]



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