Breakthrough Listen brings ET search to Africa

Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Listen program said it has added the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa to its global effort to listen for signals from an alien intelligence.

What we’ve learned from 50 years of ocean drilling

We know more about the surface of the moon than about Earth’s ocean floor. But analysis of core samples from the deep seabed has given us insights into climate change, Earth’s history, and the key conditions for life.

Death toll surges over 800 in Indonesia earthquake

Links to stories and images of the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Indonesia on Friday. By Sunday morning, the death toll had gone over 800, with thousands waiting to be rescued.

Study untangles role of pollution, smoke on thunderclouds

Smoky air makes it harder for thunderclouds to grow. But pollution – if it’s not too heavy – energizes their growth, according to a new study based on satellite data.

Today in science: Albert Einstein and E=mc2

Mass and energy are interchangeable.

MarCO: Tiny cube satellites headed to Mars

These boxy satellites, small enough to fit in a backpack, are currently trailing thousands of miles behind the InSight spacecraft on their way to Mars.

It’s Mid-Autumn Festival time in Asia

In China and other Asian countries, it’s sometimes called the Moon Festival in honor of the upcoming full moon.

Pablo Neruda and cosmic beauty

Neruda wrote: “Every day you play with the light of the universe.”

Here’s what closed Sunspot Solar Observatory

Federal court documents this week revealed an FBI investigation of a janitor suspected of using Sunspot Solar Observatory’s internet connection to send and receive child pornography.

Elon Musk and SpaceX announce 1st tourist for ‘moon loop’

Musk said Monday from SpaceX headquarters in California that it will send Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa – with a group of artists – on a loop around the moon and back to Earth in 2023.