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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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TRAPPIST-1: Water? Life??

TRAPPIST-1’s planets may support life: or not. We don’t know. Not yet. We’re pretty sure that all seven are rocky worlds, like the Solar System’s inner planets. Three are in the star’s habitable zone. The inner two definitely do not … Continue reading

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Pollution: Still Learning

Scientists found PCBs and PBDEs in deep-sea critters, armyworms are on the march in Africa, and Mexico City’s air isn’t as clean as we’d hoped. Rational concern seems reasonable. PCB in the Deep Blue Sea We’re Still Learning Armyworms March … Continue reading

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