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New Worlds: The Search Continues

There’s a huge telescope under construction in Chile: the E-ELT. When compete, astronomers using it plan on looking for new worlds, and observing the early universe. We may have spotted a second super-Saturn. We’ll know more about that in September. … Continue reading

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Looking for Life: Enceladus and Gliese 1132 b

We haven’t found life on — or in — Enceladus. But we’ve found organic compounds in the Saturnian moon’s salt-water geysers. Scientists detected an atmosphere around Gliese 1132 b, a planet about 39 light-years away. It’s Earth-like, in terms of … Continue reading

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Baryons, Gravity Waves

These are exciting, or disquieting, times. Which it is depends partly on how much a person likes living in a world where scientific knowledge is rapidly changing. I like it, a lot. CERN’s New Omega Baryons Baryons, Quarks, and Empedocles … Continue reading

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Fast Radio Bursts

No, Harvard scientists have not announced the imminent arrival of an alien armada. Two of them have, however, shown that we may have detected power beams pushing light sails. I think they may be right, but like one of them … Continue reading

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