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Are These Rocky Worlds Where We'll Find Alien Life?

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 08.04.2016 | Science

In recent years, thousands of planets have been discovered outside our solar system, and now scientists have pinpointed 20 of these exoplanets that th...

'Infant' Alien Planet Discovery Shakes Up Ideas About How Worlds Form

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.27.2016 | Science

Astronomers have found what they say is the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever seen, and it's shaking up ideas about how planets form. "This discove...

How Could We Build an Invisibility Cloak to Hide Earth From an Alien Civilization?

The Conversation US | Posted 04.14.2016 | Science
The Conversation US

What would it take to hide an entire planet? It sounds more like a question posed in an episode of "Star Trek" than in academic discourse, but sometimes the bleeding edge of science blurs with themes found in science fiction.

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Is In Emergency Mode

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 04.11.2016 | Science

NASA has declared an emergency after discovering that its planet-hunting Kepler Spacecraft, now millions of miles away, is not operating properly. NAS...

This Is What It Looks Like When A Star Explodes

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 03.22.2016 | Science

Get those sunglasses ready. For the first time ever, scientists at NASA have seen the glorious flash of an exploding star's shockwave. Using t...

An Exploration of Physics Logic

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 08.19.2016 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

Physics is by consensus! In gravitational theories we have three accords, Relativity, Strings & Quantum (RSQ) theories. Like a board of directors, the physics community, based on empirical evidence, agree to disagree on how Nature works. Nature, herself, has only one vote, and it is a veto.

New 'Tatooine' Discovery Confirms Circumbinary Planets Aren't Just Science Fiction

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

To the delight of "Star Wars" fans, a team of astronomers has spotted yet another "Tatooine." Much like the iconic desert planet from the movies, Kepl...

ET, the Deafening Silence

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 08.10.2016 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

We choose to search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence because as Americans, we are free, permissive, non-conformist, incorrigible, and preoccupied with our choices.

The New Earth-Like Planet: Notes On Difficulties in Divulgation of Scientific Concepts

Francesca D'Antona | Posted 07.25.2016 | Science
Francesca D'Antona

Kepler 452b host star is very similar to our Sun, so it has about the solar luminosity. Being 1400 light years away, it is a modest, insignificant star, of about 13th magnitude in the visible band of the spectrum -- stars are visible by eye, in a dark night, down to about sixth magnitude

If You Want to Improve Your Marketing, Turn to Physics

Ira Kalb | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Anyone who has studied physics and marketing can observe some very interesting similarities between the concepts of these two seemingly different disciplines. Unlike physics, however, marketing is not often taught according to scientific principles.

Scientists Discover Super-Rare Alien Planet

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 02.15.2015 | Science

Two groups of astronomers working independently in Germany have discovered a massive new exoplanet that's quite strange--for a few reasons. The new...

Super-Ancient Solar System Discovered

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.30.2015 | Science

Since it was launched in 2009, NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope has identified more than 1,000 exoplanets and almost 4,200 exoplanet "cand...

Kepler Finds Most Earth-Like Alien Planets Yet

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.13.2015 | Science

NASA's Kepler space telescope has found eight alien planets in the "Goldilocks zone"--that is, they orbit their stars at just the right distance to ha...

David Freeman

How A Planet-Hunting Visionary Convinced NASA To Do The Right Thing | David Freeman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Science

How many planets are there? Not long ago the answer to that question was simple: eight, or nine if you counted Pluto (now officially a dwarf planet). ...

Scientists Discover Record-Setting Alien World | Mike Wall | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science

A newfound alien planet is one for the record books. The alien planet Kepler-421b — which crosses the face of, or transits, its host star from Eart...

YIKES: Sunlike Star Gets Set To Eat Its Own | Miriam Kramer | Posted 06.11.2014 | Science

BOSTON — A star shining about 2,800 light-years from Earth will chow down on two of its planets millions of years from now. Kepler-56 is a star som...

LOOK: 'This Is The Godzilla Of Earths!'

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 06.04.2014 | Science

It's like Earth -- only 17 times more massive. On Monday, astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said they had identified...

Prolific Planet Hunter Gets New Mission | Mike Wall | Posted 05.18.2014 | Science

NASA's prolific Kepler spacecraft is back in action, a year after being sidelined by an equipment failure. The space agency has approved a new missio...

LOOK: Will Your Grandkids Be Living On One Of These Planets?

Posted 04.02.2014 | Science

Colonize Mars? Meh. While some space enthusiasts are vying for a chance to create a human colony on the Red Planet, others say exoplanets like "Kepler...

HOW MANY Stars In Our Galaxy Host Alien Worlds!? | Mike Wall | Posted 03.05.2014 | Science

The vast majority of stars in our Milky Way galaxy host planets, many of which may be capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study suggests. ...

Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Finds 'Biggest Haul Ever'

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Science

A huge new haul of planets has joined the tally of alien worlds discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope, scientists announced today. All of the ne...

What Does It Take to Change the World?

Barbara Becker | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Barbara Becker

Eight years later, Maggie is the legal guardian of forty-four children. Through grassroots fundraising -- and the money she earned from babysitting back home -- Maggie built the Kopila Valley Children's Home and School,

Strange Wobbly World Spotted By NASA's Planet-Hunting Probe | Megan Gannon | Posted 02.06.2014 | Science

Astronomers have discovered an alien planet that wobbles at such a dizzying rate that its seasons must fluctuate wildly. Throughout all of the planet...

Has Ailing Probe Finally Solved Mystery Of Exploding Stars?

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

They are cosmic detonations that briefly outshine the light of entire galaxies. And they were a crucial tool in the discovery of dark energy, the forc...

Oddball Planet Discovered Orbiting Distant Star | Mike Wall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Astronomers have spotted a hotter and puffier version of Earth circling a distant star. The oddball exoplanet candidate KOI-314c is located about 200...