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Last feed update: Saturday June 24th, 2017 10:16:49 AM

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

The quantum leak that could give rise to dark energy

Thursday May 25th, 2017 12:00:00 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

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

Waves surge in opposite directions around Io’s largest lava lake

Wednesday May 10th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Best ever images of a lava lake on Jupiter’s innermost large moon reveal its surface regenerating itself, sometimes clockwise and sometimes anticlockwise

First results from Jupiter probe show huge magnetism and storms

Tuesday May 9th, 2017 02:00:00 PM
Observations from the Juno spacecraft are confounding astronomers with revelations about the weather and magnetism of our solar system's biggest planet

Let’s seek traces of ancient indigenous ETs in our own backyard

Friday May 5th, 2017 12:59:00 PM
The search for aliens beyond our solar system has drawn a blank so far. There is merit in looking closer to home, says Geraint Lewis

Gravitational waves could show hints of extra dimensions

Friday May 5th, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Signatures of extra dimensions that don’t normally affect the four dimensions we can observe could show up in the way they warp ripples in space-time

Watch Cassini’s first two dives between Saturn and its rings

Thursday May 4th, 2017 08:42:00 PM
New video puts those stunning first images from the Cassini spacecraft's Grand Finale into context in Saturn's cloud tops

Martian life must be rare as free energy source remains untapped

Thursday May 4th, 2017 01:39:00 PM
The amount of carbon monoxide in Mars’s atmosphere suggests that any existing bacteria that feed on it make up no more than one billionth of Earth’s biomass

US science budget gets some breathing room ahead of Trump cuts

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Congress’ new spending deal will keep funding for science mostly flat for the rest of 2017 despite extreme cuts proposed by Donald Trump earlier this year

We still haven’t heard from aliens – here’s why we might never

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 02:30:00 PM
The most ambitious SETI project yet found nothing in its first data release, and a new approach suggests we might never make contact even if alien life is common

NASA might run out of space suits before it quits the ISS

Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 05:03:00 PM
The US space agency’s involvement with the ISS is funded until 2024, but it might run out of space suits before then, despite spending $200 million on new designs

Marvel at the images from Cassini’s first Grand Finale orbit

Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 12:00:00 PM
The Cassini spacecraft is beginning its final set of daring orbits with breathtaking images of the Saturn system and rings

Neutron stars that slow down could be eating ‘backwards’ gas

Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 10:40:00 AM
Most binary neutron stars are thought to spin ever faster as they devour their companions - but some slow down, and it could be to do with their gassy meals

Icy Enceladus’s tiger stripes are a window on its watery depths

Monday May 1st, 2017 06:30:00 PM
The moon of Saturn is best known for its watery plumes, which make it a good place to seek life – and the cracks that release the plumes may tell us more

Quickest we could visit another star is 69 years – here’s how

Monday May 1st, 2017 04:00:00 PM
It may be faster to send a spacecraft to Sirius than our closest star, thanks to a trick using starlight to slow it down

We could detect alien life by finding complex molecules

Thursday April 27th, 2017 05:57:00 PM
One chemist has a new strategy to scan for life on other worlds: bypass organic chemistry in favour of any molecules too complicated to form spontaneously

First look at images from Cassini’s dive between Saturn’s rings

Thursday April 27th, 2017 10:34:00 AM
These are the first images of the planet taken as the Cassini spacecraft made the first of its 22 planned dives between its rings.

Infrared telescope spots mystery flare-ups in distant galaxies

Wednesday April 26th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
A new category of infrared sightings, nicknamed SPRITEs, could be showing us previously unseen phases in the lives and deaths of stars

Melting moons could support liveable atmospheres for aeons

Wednesday April 26th, 2017 04:39:00 PM
If a migrating exoplanet dragged a Europa-like moon closer to its host star, the moon’s icy shell could melt into liquid oceans and breathable air

Mars Trojans may be part of a planet that was destroyed long ago

Tuesday April 25th, 2017 11:21:00 AM
Nine asteroids that trail the Red Planet contain a material usually only formed in the mantle of rocky planets

Joint mission to Europa could seek life under the ice

Monday April 24th, 2017 06:10:00 PM
Space agencies have just been presented with a bold plan to search for aliens on Jupiter’s icy moon through a joint American-European mission

Earth’s greatest hits: Six of the biggest meteorites in history

Friday April 21st, 2017 04:00:00 PM
From the mysterious Tunguska event to the fossilised Morokweng space rock, when whopper meteorites come along they make a big impact

Rocks of ages: How meteorites reveal the solar system’s history

Thursday April 20th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Clever ways to find more space debris, and pinpoint where it came from, will help us rewrite what we know about the solar system's turbulent youth

The five best exoplanets in the galaxy to check for alien life

Wednesday April 19th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
The announcement of a new habitable, “Earth-like” planet made us wonder – where should we look first?

Fleet of CubeSats launches to study the neglected ‘ignorosphere’

Tuesday April 18th, 2017 04:50:00 PM
Today 28 boxy satellites blasted off for the International Space Station, on a mission to study a stubbornly inaccessible region of Earth's atmosphere

Satellite swarms could increase space junk risk by 50 per cent

Tuesday April 18th, 2017 11:47:00 AM
Space-flight firms hope to democratise global internet access with thousands of new satellites, but that could catastrophically overcrowd low Earth orbit

NASA rockets leave blistering record of human space flight

Monday April 17th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Until recently, a flame trench under launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida bore the scorch marks of decades of rocket launches

Many tiny galaxies could host mammoth black holes

Monday April 17th, 2017 09:00:00 AM
The discovery of the second and third known ultra-compact dwarf galaxies with gargantuan black holes at their cores suggests such a mass mismatch may be common

Saturn’s flying saucer moon Atlas has a smooth fluffy edge

Thursday April 13th, 2017 10:55:00 PM
The Cassini spacecraft just made its final flyby of the small moon Atlas, grabbing the best pictures yet and showing a surprising softness

Cassini finds final ingredient for alien life in Enceladus’s sea

Thursday April 13th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
The Cassini spacecraft has found molecular hydrogen spurting in the watery plumes from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, an energy source for anything that might live there

Quantum effects cloak impossible singularities with black holes

Thursday April 13th, 2017 03:30:00 PM
Theoretical points in space-time that destroy the laws of physics may not be a threat in the real world thanks to quantum mechanics

Mars’s atmosphere hosts metal layers that shouldn’t exist

Thursday April 13th, 2017 02:30:00 PM
Earth’s magnetic field provokes layers of iron and magnesium in the atmosphere, but Mars has no such field - so finding similar layers is a surprise

EVE Online gamers will seek real exoplanets in virtual universe

Thursday April 13th, 2017 10:45:00 AM
A new citizen science initiative within the EVE Online game will ask players to find distant worlds lurking in data from space observatory missions

Water telescope uses gamma rays to track new kind of pulsar

Tuesday April 11th, 2017 06:19:00 PM
We may have found a fresh way to spot the spinning corpses of massive stars, using the glow of interstellar gas – and maybe a new class of pulsar too

Volunteers spot four super-Earths orbiting sun-like star

Tuesday April 11th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Zooniverse’s Exoplanet Explorers project invites citizen scientists to scour data from the Kepler spacecraft - within two days they found a planetary system

New approach to dark energy might explain our cooling universe

Tuesday April 11th, 2017 02:30:00 PM
We thought dark energy was behind the accelerated expansion of the universe to its cold, dark end state, but it might be a supporting actor in a quantum plot

NASA funds radical Pluto hopper and cosmic echolocation concepts

Friday April 7th, 2017 09:18:00 PM
The space agency just announced the recipients of its Innovative Advanced Concepts programme, which kickstarts researchers’ so-crazy-it-just-might-work ideas

Mars is so small because Jupiter shook up its formation

Friday April 7th, 2017 04:16:00 PM
Models suggest Mars should be up to twice the mass of Earth, but it’s only one-tenth that, and Jupiter’s effects on the nascent solar system could be to blame

Earth-sized telescope set to snap first picture of a black hole

Friday April 7th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
The Event Horizon Telescope will take images of the black hole at the centre of our galaxy, and could reveal how relativity and quantum mechanics mesh

Atmosphere containing water detected around rocky exoplanet

Thursday April 6th, 2017 06:10:00 PM
An exoplanet just 1.4 times the size of Earth has an atmosphere containing water and methane, new observations show

Go at throttle up: The secret world of NASA’s mission control

Thursday April 6th, 2017 10:37:00 AM
A striking documentary movie, Mission Control: The unsung heroes of Apollo, shines a spotlight behind the scenes of NASA’s Apollo moon missions

Oldest dust ever spotted in the universe seen in distant galaxy

Monday April 3rd, 2017 02:06:00 PM
We’ve spotted dust in a galaxy whose light reaches us from when the universe was only 600 million years old – a game changer for studying the earliest galaxies

Gravitational waves slow the spin of shape-shifting neutron star

Friday March 31st, 2017 02:28:00 PM
A tiny bump on a star could change how it rotates and possibly explain why there seems to be a speed limit for spinning neutron stars

Watching SpaceX’s historic relaunch and landing of a used rocket

Friday March 31st, 2017 01:52:00 PM
Hundreds gathered last night to watch SpaceX attempt to launch and land an orbital rocket that had already been used – a first in space history. Amy Thompson joined the crowds

NASA orbiter shows Mars lost 90 per cent of its CO2 to space

Thursday March 30th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
The MAVEN spacecraft has completed the key part of its mission: to track down how much argon Mars’s atmosphere is giving up as a proxy for carbon dioxide loss

The coldest place in the universe marks a double stellar grave

Wednesday March 29th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
New observations finally reveal why an odd planetary nebula is so chilly: two stars met their end in close quarters

Backwards asteroid shares an orbit with Jupiter without crashing

Wednesday March 29th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
A rare retrograde asteroid has been spotted in Jupiter's orbital zone - and nudges from the giant planet may have kept it stable there for a million years

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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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Stephen Colbert Appears on Russian TV, Jokes About Presidential Run

Saturday June 24th, 2017 12:52:55 AM Variety Staff
Stephen Colbert made an appearance on Russian TV, where he appeared to jokingly mull a presidential run. In a video released Friday, Colbert appeared on “Evening Urgant,” a late-night style talk show that airs on Russia’s Channel 1. The back and forth between Colbert and host Ivan Urgant took place partly in Russian, partly in... Read more »

Broadcasters Look to Extend Lives of Veteran Shows With Cast Changes

Saturday June 24th, 2017 12:09:16 AM Daniel Holloway
When “Taken” returns to NBC this fall, it will look different from the series that premiered last season. Clive Standen will still play Bryan Mills, the ex-Green Beret with the very particular set of skills. But the faces around him will have changed. Variety learned this week that six cast members will leave “Taken” ahead... Read more »

Disney Digital Network Touts Synergies in New Structure

Saturday June 24th, 2017 12:05:03 AM Andrew Wallenstein
Months after announcing that its Maker Studios division would no longer operate independently, Walt Disney Co. is putting those assets to good use inside its newly blended digital network. Andrew Sugerman, executive VP of publishing and digital media for Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, touted the synergies already at work in a Q&A on... Read more »

Twitter Bans Account of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Hacker The Dark Overlord

Saturday June 24th, 2017 12:00:51 AM Janko Roettgers
The Dark Overlord, a  group of hackers best known for leaking the fifth season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” earlier this year, has been banned from Twitter. The group had its main Twitter account suspended Friday, most likely after leaking addresses and phone numbers of several well-known clients of a Beverly Hills-based health... Read more »

TV News Roundup: Heather Graham Joins Cast of ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’

Friday June 23rd, 2017 11:28:24 PM Rebecca Rubin
In today’s roundup, Heather Graham gets a part in “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” and HBO Films releases a first look at Peter Dinklage in “My Dinner with Hervé.” CASTING Heather Graham, Elizabeth Reaser, and Larry Cedar have been cast in “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.” Graham will play Judalon... Read more »

Women Come to Fore in Indonesian Film Industry

Friday June 23rd, 2017 11:03:02 PM Maggie Lee
The role of women in the industry, and the representation of female experience seem unavoidable in the discourse on Southeast Asian cinema. Mouly Surya, whose “Marlina, the Murderer in Four Acts,” will unspool in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, is not a working in a vacuum. In fact, such directors as Nia Dinata, Nan Achnas, Kamila... Read more »

CAA Signs Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers

Friday June 23rd, 2017 10:41:42 PM Daniel Holloway
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has signed with CAA’s sports division for commercial representation. CAA will explore opportunities for Rodgers in film, television, endorsements, speaking, business development, digital media, publishing, philanthropy, and other areas. “Beyond being a remarkable athlete and leader on the field, Aaron has a clear vision for growing his brand and... Read more »

DJ Khaled and the Art — and Chart Smarts — of the ‘Featured’ Guest

Friday June 23rd, 2017 10:35:32 PM Shirley Halperin
From TurboTax endorsements to Silk Soymilk ads, DJ Khaled is everywhere, all the time. No project is more crucial; however, than the June 23 Epic Records release of “Grateful,” his new album with such name-above-the-title artists as Future, 21 Savage, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Alicia Keys, and more that will surely race to the... Read more »

‘4.1 Miles’ Wins Special Jury Prize at BAFTA Los Angeles Student Film Awards

Friday June 23rd, 2017 10:22:07 PM dixitalimbachiablog
Documentary short “4.1 Miles” by Daphne Matziaraki from UC Berkeley won the special jury prize Thursday from British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles Student Film Awards in a gala ceremony at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The docu short was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year. BAFTA Los Angeles’ first-ever student film award... Read more »

BET and One Church LA Team Up Sunday for ‘Celebration of Gospel Live’

Friday June 23rd, 2017 10:19:42 PM Variety Staff
On Sunday during BET Awards Weekend, One Church LA and BET join forces to launch Celebration of Gospel Live on the main stage of BETX in and near the Los Angeles Convention Center. A city-wide gospel experience, the four-hour event brings praise and worship to the BET Experience. Doors open at 10:45am, and the event... Read more »

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