Daniela Breitman

Is there life on Saturn’s moon?

A form of chemical energy that can support life appears to exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. 

Comet Encke nearest sun March 10

Faithful Comet Encke is one of the shortest-period comets known. Its frequent returns near the sun helped reveal the true nature of comets.

How do astronomers find exoplanets?

Stars are incredibly bright in contrast to any planets that may be orbiting them. So finding exoplanets – planets orbiting distant suns – isn’t easy. Here’s how it’s done.

Why do fatty foods taste so good?

Why do we like fatty foods so much? Fat gives foods some special qualities we like. Plus, the close tie between fat, flavor, fullness, and happiness might be an evolutionary adaptation.

Today in science: Discovery of Ceres

Ceres was the first asteroid ever discovered, in 1801, and it’s still the largest body in the asteroid belt. Nowadays, we call it a dwarf planet, and a spacecraft has been orbiting it!

Today in science: Johannes Kepler

While trying to solve the mystery of the planets’ motions, Johannes Kepler made several false starts, then ultimately discovered 3 profound truths.

Today in science: Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe is known for his partying, his prosthetic nose, and for being one of the greatest astronomers of all time.

Today in science: Edmond Halley

He’s the astronomer for whom Halley’s Comet is named. It was the first comet ever predicted to return.

Today in science: Discovery of Neptune

Neptune is the planet discovered with mathematics.

Today in science: Michael Faraday

Meet Michael Faraday, the man behind the electric motor and theory of electromagnetism.