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No alien signal, says SETI astronomer

A strong signal from a sunlike star sparked speculation this week that we might – at last – have heard from an alien civilization. Now astronomers say … no.

NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore works outside the International Space Station on the first of three spacewalks preparing the station for future arrivals by U.S. commercial crew spacecraft, Saturday, February 21, 2015. Fellow spacewalker Terry Virts, seen reflected in the visor, shared this photograph on social media.
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Watch spacewalk live September 1

NASA TV will broadcast live coverage on Thursday of a 6.5-hour spacewalk by 2 astronauts aboard ISS. Coverage will start at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 UTC). The spacewalk will begin about 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC).

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Experts declare Anthropocene has begun

It means Age of Humans. A scientific working group – at an international meeting of geologists – just recommended including it in the Geologic Time Scale.


Your cosmic suntan

Lie on the beach, and your body is bombarded by light from our sun, and from beyond our galaxy.

Via Wikimedia Commons

Seeing things that aren’t there

Seeing animals in clouds, or a face in the moon, are examples of pareidolia. Look here for photos to test your own ability to see things that aren’t there.

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra captured an image of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, on the company's eighth Commercial Resupply Services mission, from the Cupola Module of the International Space Station during Expedition 47 in April 2016. Image via NASA

Watch SpaceX Dragon depart ISS Friday

Live coverage Friday of cargo ship’s departure from International Space Station. Begins at 5:45 a.m. EDT (9:45 UTC).

The inhabitants of the moon (Vespertilio homo or men-bat).
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Today in science: Great Moon Hoax

A series of 6 newspaper articles in 1835 about the discovery of life on the moon (including bat-men and unicorns), supposedly made by famous astronomer.

August 24, 2016 earthquake in Italy. Image via USGS.

Strong earthquakes rock Italy overnight

Dozens reported killed, and over 150 missing, in the earthquakes that shook Italy in the early morning of August 24. Searches ongoing.

Hoax image via social media.

No double moon in 2016, or ever

We thought we might get through this summer without the dumb hoax about Mars as big as a full moon rearing its head. But, no.

Gene Roddenberry with Enterprise in the background.
Credit: Letters of Note.

Today in science: Gene Roddenberry

Happy 95th birthday to writer and producer Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek.