Paul Scott Anderson
Space telescope with background of stars.

Wow! What if 1 in 4 sunlike stars has an Earth?

According to a new study by astronomers, based on data from the Kepler Space Telescope, 1 in 4 sunlike stars should have a planet that’s approximately Earth-sized, orbiting in the star’s habitable zone.

Rocks on a cliff on Mars.

Where does Mars’ methane come from? Not wind

On Earth, methane gas is often associated with microbial life. Scientists find methane in Mars’ atmosphere, too. Could it be life-related? We still don’t know, but a new study shows wind erosion is likely not the cause.

Football-shaped exoplanet.

Meet WASP-121b, a hot ‘heavy metal’ exoplanet

For the first time, heavy metal gases like magnesium and iron have been detected floating away from an exoplanet, a planet orbiting a distant sun. Why? Because the planet – which is about as big as Jupiter – is orbiting perilously close to its star.

Tardigrade in high-resolution.

Did these tardigrades survive crash-landing on the moon?

When Israel’s Beresheet lunar spacecraft crashed in April 2019, there were thousands of microscopic, dehydrated tardigrades – water bears – aboard.

Ice-covered planet.

Can snowball planets support life?

Snowball planets are rocky worlds with frozen oceans. They were thought to be lifeless. But a new study suggests some might have land areas near their equators warm and wet enough to support life.

Ocean on Mars.

A mega-tsunami on ancient Mars?

It’s likely Mars was once a water world with rivers, lakes and maybe even an ocean. New research lends support to the possibility that an asteroid slammed into Mars’ ocean 3.5 billion years ago, creating a vast tsunami.

A closer look at Io’s weird volcanoes

Io’s volcanoes have fascinated scientists since the Voyager 1 spacecraft first discovered them nearly 40 years ago. Now a comprehensive new report – based on ground-based studies – unveils new mysteries about the most volcanically active world in our solar system.

Exoplanets in our galaxy.

Check out this cool video map of known exoplanets

This short video, just over a minute long, takes you on a journey from 1991, when no exoplanets were known, to today’s 4,003+ known exoplanets. Why the plus? According to the NASA Exoplanet Archive, the number of known exoplanets has already jumped up to 4,031 and counting!

Duck-billed dinosaur.

A new species of duck-billed dinosaur

Duck-billed dinosaurs – hadrosaurids – were common 80 million years ago. Now scientists have discovered a complete skull of a previously unknown species of hadrosaurid, which sported unusual skull and face features.

Four telescopes and buildings.

Breakthrough Listen’s new search for alien lasers

For the last few decades, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence has focused on detecting radio signals. But a new collaboration between Breakthrough Listen and VERITAS will focus on looking for laser-like flashes of light.