Paul Scott Anderson

Europa may have towering ice spikes on its surface

Penitentes – large pointed spikes of ice – are known on Earth and Pluto. Jupiter’s moon Europa might have them, too, according to new research. If they’re there, they could make a future landing on Europa tricky.

Report calls for NASA to ramp up search for alien biosignatures

NASA is again being encouraged to expand its search for alien life – not just intelligent life – all forms of life, including microbes.

New technology may help solve mystery of life’s origins

How did life on Earth begin? A new technology, called Planet Simulator, might finally help solve the mystery.

Astronomers detect ghostly afterglow of cosmic explosion

For the 1st time, astronomers have detected the faint radio afterglow of a ghost explosion – a kind of cosmic sonic boom – possibly the result of a weird kind of gamma-ray burst.

Construction begins on ESA’s Plato planet-hunter

The European Space Agency’s next big planet-hunting mission – the Plato space telescope – will continue the search for rocky and potentially habitable worlds orbiting other stars.

New dwarf planet nicknamed The Goblin

The Goblin is a very small dwarf planet, very far away. It might help astronomers in their search for a much bigger world – the long-sought Planet X.

Origami-inspired habitats for the moon and Mars

An innovative plan by the EuroMoonMars project uses Japanese origami – the art of folding paper into interesting shapes – to design and develop habitats for future human space explorers.

NASA back in the search for alien technosignatures

After some prompting by Congress, NASA is again getting involved in SETI. Last week, it held a Technosignatures Workshop in Houston, exploring new ways scientists could seek intelligent aliens.

Mercury’s strange chemistry revealed

Mercury is an odd little world, but new research is revealing its mysteries. Plus, the upcoming BepiColombo mission – a joint mission between Europe and Japan – will help scientists understand the planet’s origin and evolution.

Pink lagoon provides clues to possible Mars life

This candy-pink lagoon in Spain is providing valuable clues about how extremophile microorganisms might exist on Mars despite the planet’s harsh conditions.