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New Scientist - Space

Last feed update: Tuesday January 16th, 2018 08:11:00 AM

We may be able to see mountains and valleys on distant worlds

Friday January 12th, 2018 04:09:00 PM
If alien planets have canyons and mountains like ours, we may be able to catch a glimpse of them in an exoplanet’s shadow as it passes in front of its star

The universe still seems to be expanding faster than it ought to

Friday January 12th, 2018 03:35:00 PM
The universe is expanding but our measurements of the rate are all over the place and they just got worse, so we can’t tell when the cosmos is going to die

Mars has ice sheets 130 metres thick hiding below its red dust

Thursday January 11th, 2018 07:00:00 PM
Eight newfound Martian cliffs made up of layers of ice could tell us how the Red Planet's climate has changed in the past several million years

Hidden exoplanets could be revealed by echoing light

Thursday January 11th, 2018 05:32:00 PM
Reflected light from a star’s flares may help us find otherwise invisible worlds. These exoplanets could be hit by powerful blasts, but may still host life

We must accept more risks if we want space travel to take off

Thursday January 11th, 2018 04:45:00 PM
Going to space is already one of the most dangerous things a person can do, but we will need to take far more risks than we do in order to push space exploration forward

Mystery radio bursts may be from neutron star near a black hole

Wednesday January 10th, 2018 06:00:00 PM
The source of repeating fast radio bursts is one of astronomy’s biggest mysteries. They may come from a fast-spinning neutron star next to a huge black hole

Cosmic couture: The urgent quest to redesign the spacesuit

Tuesday January 9th, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Astronauts venture into space wearing 35-year-old, sweat-stained relics. The $200 million, high-tech replacement togs are anything but down to Earth

The ugly, fractured reality of the cosmos deserves our attention

Monday January 8th, 2018 02:58:00 PM
A puzzling clash between perfection and imperfection in our universe is getting fresh attention. This great cosmological mystery merits it, says Geraint Lewis

The universe could be full of more huge stars than we thought

Thursday January 4th, 2018 07:00:00 PM
Part of the Large Magellanic Cloud has 32 per cent more giant stars than we expected. That could mean the universe has more supernovae and black holes, too

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket test is the start of a race to Mars

Thursday January 4th, 2018 01:05:00 PM
The imminent first flight of Elon Musk's giant new rocket could mark a spectacular start to a new era in space flight, says Paul Marks

Tides and atmospheres on TRAPPIST-1 planets may help life thrive

Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 08:57:00 PM
The planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system could be complex worlds with volcanoes, atmospheres and warm subsurface oceans. Some might even be able to host life

Weird dim star isn’t due to alien megastructure – it’s just dust

Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 03:58:00 PM
Tabby’s star flickers like no other star we’ve seen. Some have suggested that’s due to an alien structure blocking its light, but it’s likely just dust

Japan launches super-low-orbit satellite to test ion engines

Tuesday January 2nd, 2018 10:48:00 AM
Tsubame will take high-resolution images of Earth and measure oxygen levels and has been designed to orbit at an altitude of just 180 kilometres

The universe may be full of ex-moons flung from their home worlds

Monday January 1st, 2018 09:00:00 AM
Moons in other stellar systems may be hurled away from their planets up to 90 per cent of the time, leaving up to 100 former moons per star in the Milky Way

2018 preview: Epic mission to Mercury will unravel its mysteries

Saturday December 30th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
In October, a probe called BepiColombo will begin a seven-year voyage to Mercury with the aim of answering questions raised by previous visits to the scorched world

Space-time and gravity might be born from the quantum world

Thursday December 28th, 2017 09:00:00 PM
To reconcile quantum mechanics and gravity, a new theory flips the usual script. Space-time and gravity may emerge from quantum effects, not the other way round

Earth was smashed by a rock the size of Mars to make the moon

Thursday December 28th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
4.5 billion years ago, a rock called Theia crashed into Earth and formed the moon. Now we know that it was probably only about a tenth the mass of our planet

Parallel universes could solve a big problem with black holes

Wednesday December 27th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
The black hole firewall paradox has been vexing physicists for years. But if quantum laws lead to the creation of other universes, the headache disappears

Exclusive: NASA has begun plans for a 2069 interstellar mission

Wednesday December 27th, 2017 10:30:00 AM
NASA is sketching out plans to send a probe to visit Alpha Centauri, our nearest star system, along with a massive telescope to watch its journey from home

NASA plans a launch to Titan or a return to comet 67P in 2025

Thursday December 21st, 2017 10:30:00 AM
In 2025 NASA will either launch a probe to bring back samples from comet 67P, previously visited by Rosetta, or send a drone-like craft to Saturn's moon Titan

Mars rocks may have drunk up all the water and doomed life there

Wednesday December 20th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
We used to think Mars lost most of its water to space when its atmosphere blew away. Instead, the water may have been sucked up by rocks that sunk underground

Why complex life could prove remarkably common in the universe

Wednesday December 20th, 2017 05:26:00 PM
Two missions to other solar systems are on the table. If they find life chances are it will be sophisticated, say Dirk Schulze-Makuch and William Bains

2018 preview: Return to the moon as eight missions are planned

Wednesday December 20th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
The race to revisit the moon is on, and with national space programmes and private companies all setting it in their sights, it might even get a bit crowded

Planet X: We are closing in on the solar system’s new occupant

Friday December 15th, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Evidence for a new body perhaps the size of Neptune way out in the shadows is building – but if there is a ninth planet, it’s unlike any we have seen

NASA has discovered our solar system’s twin with 8 planets

Thursday December 14th, 2017 07:07:00 PM
The Kepler telescope has revealed a new planet in a system like ours. It shares a star with 7 other planets, tying our record for most worlds in a solar system

Ancient black holes ruled out as source of all dark matter

Thursday December 14th, 2017 01:30:00 PM
One way to solve the dark matter problem is to chalk it up to black holes formed moments after the big bang, but they can’t account for all the dark matter

Mars overdue a planet-wide dust storm that could harm the rovers

Wednesday December 13th, 2017 03:40:00 PM
Mars could have a mega dust storm in 2018. Now we know how the Red Planet's massive storms can cascade into a catastrophe for rovers or future settlers

The tiny space rock New Horizons is headed for may have a moon

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 09:44:00 PM
The next destination for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is a small space rock in the Kuiper belt called MU69. Now we know it may have an even smaller moon

Mysterious streaks seen on Saturn’s moons could be ancient rings

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 06:24:00 PM
A series of parallel lines on Saturn’s moons Dione and Rhea have scientists scratching their heads. Could they be a sign of rings that crashed to the surface?

Trump directs NASA to send astronauts to the moon and then Mars

Monday December 11th, 2017 09:47:00 PM
The US space programme has a new focus on an old destination. President Trump has directed NASA to focus its efforts on crewed missions to the moon before Mars

Light from LIGO’s neutron star smashup just got even brighter

Friday December 8th, 2017 09:43:00 PM
The gravitational wave event from August still has surprises in store. Its light is three times brighter now, which may change how we think of gamma ray bursts

That interstellar asteroid could be a shard of a shredded planet

Friday December 8th, 2017 05:03:00 PM
'Oumuamua, an oddly shaped asteroid from beyond our solar system, recently passed by. It may have formed when a planet was ripped into fragments by its star

Bizarre supernova may be powered by hidden disc of dust and gas

Thursday December 7th, 2017 08:31:00 PM
A supernova that stayed bright for over three years seemed impossible, but it could be explained if the explosion is running into dense rings of dust and gas

Most distant quasar ever seen is way too big for our universe

Thursday December 7th, 2017 02:30:00 PM
A quasar from the early universe could help us understand how the biggest black holes form and when the universe had its last major transformation

NASA fires Voyager 1’s engines for the first time in 37 years

Thursday December 7th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
By firing a set of thrusters that have been gathering dust for more than 3 decades, NASA has extended the lifetime of the Voyager 1 mission by a few years

Why brewing beer in space is more important than you think

Wednesday December 6th, 2017 03:42:00 PM
Budweiser is sending barley seeds into orbit next week. That's just the beginning of the challenge of trying to brew beer beyond Earth

The usual way of hunting dark matter may be all wrong

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 05:00:00 PM
If dark matter isn't heavy and interacts even weakly with normal matter, we should drag our detectors out from underground to catch it

Planets near dangerous stars could shield alien life under smog

Monday December 4th, 2017 10:51:00 PM
Red and white dwarfs make nasty neighbours due to spurts of deadly radiation, but alien life could still form on planets nearby if shielded by smog or oceans

Spaceplanes may be the best hope in war on deadly orbiting junk

Monday December 4th, 2017 06:02:00 PM
Promising technologies to get rid of dangerous space debris are gathering speed. The sooner we put them to the test the better, says Paul Marks

Science Fiction: slavery stereotypes, and a new M. John Harrison

Monday December 4th, 2017 05:20:00 PM
From challenging stereotypes about slavery to the necessity of finding any kind of exit from a mundane life, escape dominates new sci-fi

Moon’s explosive birth drove iron deep into Earth’s core

Monday December 4th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Our moon was made by the Big Splash, an impact that we thought left iron deposits near Earth’s crust. It turns out that the metal sank into our planet’s core

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has a hidden ‘conveyer belt’ of heat

Monday December 4th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Frigid Europa may be warmed by a layer under its crust that moves heat and ice to and from its poles – and alien microbes could be hitching a ride

Weird tiny galaxies found hiding in Hubble’s Ultra Deep Field

Friday December 1st, 2017 04:30:00 AM
We just found 72 new galaxies in one of the most studied areas of the sky. We can’t see their stars, but they were revealed by the glow of hydrogen gas

No, aliens aren’t lurking on the International Space Station

Thursday November 30th, 2017 04:02:00 PM
History tells us that earthly contamination is by far the most likely explanation for “extraterrestrial” bacteria found on the ISS hull, says Geraint Lewis

Cuts likely for one of NASA’s next big space-based telescopes

Wednesday November 29th, 2017 12:15:00 PM
NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope is crippled by rising costs. To get it off the ground, the agency may have to alter its scientific mission

How a fiery matter-antimatter union may lead to limitless energy

Tuesday November 28th, 2017 11:00:00 AM
A weird, self-destructive blend of opposite stuffs briefly reigned at the birth of the universe. Recreating it could crack the nut of nuclear fusion

Giant climate camera will watch how our planet changes

Tuesday November 28th, 2017 07:00:00 AM
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite will take pictures of Earth to measure the temperatures of the sea and atmosphere and to watch how ice and water move

Mysterious gamma rays in Crab nebula traced to pulsar winds

Monday November 27th, 2017 05:38:00 PM
Ultra-bright flashes in the Crab nebula have baffled astronomers, but they could result from winds created by a pulsar at the heart of the gas cloud

We’ve found a bunch of dwarf galaxies we thought didn’t exist

Monday November 27th, 2017 03:57:00 PM
The missing dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way have been found. Their existence means dark matter could be made of particles that are warmer than we expected

Private mission may get us back to Enceladus sooner than NASA

Friday November 24th, 2017 11:46:00 AM
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

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

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 03:21:00 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

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

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


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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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James L. Brooks to Be Honored With Laurel Award by Writers Guild

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 06:44:47 PM Dave McNary
James L. Brooks has been selected as the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s 2018 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement. He will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. “James L. Brooks looms large for writers in our business,” […]

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ ‘The Wall,’ ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’ Win Reality Breakthrough Awards

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 06:35:30 PM Cynthia Littleton
MIAMI — “RuPaul’s Drag Race” sashayed to the win for competition reality series at the 4th annual Reality Breakthrough Awards. NBC’s “The Wall” and A&E’s “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” were also among the programs recognized. The kudos were handed out Tuesday afternoon at the Eden Roc Hotel as part of the NATPE conference […]

Alec Baldwin Criticizes Stars Denouncing Woody Allen: ‘It’s Unfair and Sad’

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 06:34:19 PM Kirsten Chuba
In a tweet posted Tuesday morning, Alec Baldwin said that actors expressing regret for working with Woody Allen is “unfair and sad.” “Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed. The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad […]

Amazon Fire TV Adds Live Programming Guide for HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 06:17:28 PM Todd Spangler
Amazon is making its Fire TV internet set-top look more like traditional cable TV. On Tuesday, the ecommerce giant launched new interfaces showing Amazon Fire TV users what’s currently airing (and what’s coming up) on the linear channels of HBO, Showtime, Starz or Cinemax. The feature works only if users are subscribed to the networks […]

Chromecast Devices Can Cause Wifi Connectivity Issues

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 06:16:01 PM Janko Rottgers
Some of Google’s streaming hardware is causing Wifi connectivity issues, according to multiple reports from router makes as well as affected users. Router makers have been issuing firmware updates; Google has said it is investigating the issue. Reports about the issue first surfaced in Google’s product forum in December, with users reporting that devices like […]

Telefilms Heads, Former Televisa Exec Form New Prodco, THR3, Announce First Production, ‘Santo, El Enmascarado de Plata’

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 06:12:31 PM John Hopewell
The Mexican media market is buzzing as a new challenger has entered the ring in the increasingly competitive world of high-end TV and film production. Telefilms executives Tomás Darcyl, Ricardo Costianovsky and former Televisa vice-president Bruce Boren have joined together to create THR3, a new production company that the three-way tag team says will focus […]

Greg Berlanti Opens Up About Andrew Kreisberg: ‘I Was Shocked, I Was Disappointed, I Was Confused’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 06:09:22 PM Debra Birnbaum
It’s been just about two months since the revelations about producer Andrew Kreisberg’s misconduct came to light, leading to his dismissal from his role as showrunner of “The Flash” and “Supergirl.” In an extensive interview with Variety in his office on the Warner Bros. lot, it’s clear Greg Berlanti — whose Berlanti Productions banner oversees those […]

‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ Gabrielle Union’s ‘Breaking In’ Build Social Media Buzz

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 06:08:56 PM Dave McNary
A pair of Universal films — “Breaking In” and “Fifty Shades Freed” — dominated social media buzz last week with a combined 189,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. “Breaking In,” a home-invasion drama starring Gabrielle Union, generated 97,000 new conversations in the wake of the release of a trailer […]

Swedish Comedy ‘Solsidan’ Smashes Scandinavian Box Office

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 06:08:49 PM elskes
“Solsidan,” Felix Herngren and Måns Herngren’s comedy feature based on the TV series hit with the same name, has scored 1.2 million admissions across Sweden, Norway and Finland. The film bowed in Scandinavia on Dec.1, and sold 1 million admissions in Sweden alone, as of Jan.15. Budgeted in the 3.5 million euros range, “Solsidan” has […]

Prince Tribute Concert, Featuring Unreleased Material, Set for April 21

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 06:04:07 PM Jem Aswad
Prince’s Paisley Park Museum has announced a concert event titled “Prince: Live on the Big Screen” to be held April 21 at the Target Center in the late artist’s hometown of Minneapolis. According to a press release, the concert will feature “newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on the Target […]



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