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An Artist's Visit to Pluto

There’s probably nothing much more exciting for a space artist than to have an entirely new world to play with! I’ve been busy ever since the New Horizons flyby creating new landscapes of Pluto based on the data that has been arriving-ever so slowly—-from the distant spacecraft. It seems that every square inch of each… » 8/01/15 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

Heat Lightning Does Not Exist

One of the best ways to spend a summer evening is to stand outside and watch a distant storm, the soft rumbles of thunder distracting you from the mosquitoes eating you alive. The most well-known part of these summertime thunderstorms is a phenomenon known as “heat lightning,” which doesn’t really exist. » 8/01/15 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

We Actually Learned a Lot From Philae's Botched Landing on Comet 67/P

The ESA’s attempt to land a probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko didn’t go as planned, but the mission has been far from a failure. A recent analysis of Philae’s harrowing journey across the comet has revealed some fascinating clues about its surface, while providing critical insights for future comet missions. » 8/01/15 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

There's a Rocky Exoplanet Just 21 Light-Years Away

NASA has proven itself to be quite adept at finding planets lately, and this week is no exception: using the Spitzer Space Telescoe, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab have found HD 219134b, a rocky exoplanet ‘just’ 21 light-years away. http://gizmodo.com/this-is-the-mo... » 8/01/15 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

We're Actively Creating the Geekiest World in the Universe

It’s no secret that scientists are incredible, unrepentant geeks, so we really shouldn’t be surprised that the tentative maps for Pluto and Charon read like the most awesome mishmash of exploration history and popular culture to ever grace a planetary system. And every single place holds a story. » 8/01/15 7:00am Yesterday 7:00am

How To Survive The Cascadia Tsunami

“Thirteen thousand people will die in the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami,” reads Kathryn Schulz’s now-infamous New Yorker article. “Everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” Turns out a very similar event occurred in Chile 55 years ago. What wisdom can its survivors share with residents of the Northwest? » 8/01/15 9:00am Yesterday 9:00am

Why Buffalo's Dirty Snow Pile Still Hasn't Melted Yet

Over the winter, the Eastern US was blanketed in blizzard after blizzard. As a stark reminder of Mother Nature’s bitchiness, two snow-plowed piles of that record snowfall in two different cities lingered well into summer. One of them is still frozen—a mud-caked sno-cone slowly oozing in the sun. » 8/01/15 6:00am Yesterday 6:00am

Let's Talk About NASA's Mission to Europa

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The search for life in the Solar System is about the hunt for water. Wherever we find liquid water on Earth, we find life. I’m talking everywhere. In the most briny, salty pools in Antarctica, in the hottest hot springs in Yellowstone, under glaciers, and kilometers deep underground. » 7/31/15 6:00pm Friday 6:00pm