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Paul Scott Anderson

False fossils on Mars might inhibit search for life

A new study from scientists in the UK says that false fossils on Mars could complicate the search for microbial life. They could be mistaken for real fossils.

Intense storms from global warming, and a mission to study them

Have you noticed that, as climate warms, we're having more intense storms? NASA's upcoming INCUS mission will investigate.

Nearby habitable planets at Alpha Centauri?

A new custom-designed space telescope mission called TOLIMAN will search for nearby habitable planets in the closest star system to Earth, Alpha Centauri.

Hubble’s Grand Tour of the giant planets

NASA has released stunning new images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune from the Hubble Space Telescope. These annual observations are called Hubble's Grand Tour of the outer solar system.

Big-nosed dinosaur species discovered

Scientists have identified a new big-nosed dinosaur species among a collection of bones discovered on the Isle of Wight in southern England. This dinosaur had a much larger snout than either of the other two known species at the time.

Planet orbiting 2 stars discovered by TESS

NASA's TESS mission has just found its first planet orbiting 2 stars. It's a Jupiter-sized world that takes less than an Earth-year to complete one orbit.

Piece of the moon? Asteroid might have lunar origin

Astronomers at the University of Arizona say that a peculiar near-Earth asteroid may actually be a lost piece of the moon that broke off in the ancient past.

Weird rocky exoplanets unlike any seen before

Astronomers say they have evidence for weird rocky exoplanets that are unlike any in our own solar system, based on the chemical analysis of white dwarf stars.

Revealing hidden alien oceans, with chemistry

NASA scientists say that to find hidden alien oceans on distant exoplanets, use chemistry. Ocean worlds will have distinctly different atmospheric compositions from planets that don't have oceans, including a lack of ammonia.

Exoplanet lost its atmosphere in ancient impact

A young Earth-sized exoplanet lost its atmosphere in a giant impact about 200,000 years ago, leaving behind clues in leftover dust and carbon monoxide gas.