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Thomas Pesquet reflects on living in space for six months and voyages of discovery and exploration


Art and space enter a new dimension, with Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli

"Universe Could Be a Hologram" --Rosetta Stone That Opens the Uncharted World of Quantum Gravity (VIDEO)

"The key to understanding quantum gravity is understanding field theory in one lower dimension," said Niayesh Afshordi, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Waterloo. "Holography is like a Rosetta Stone, translating between known theories of quantum fields...        

Shaking the Fabric of Reality

Hands down, the biggest science story of 2016 was the detection of gravitational waves. Even the discovery of the planet Proxima Centauri B takes second seat to it. Gravitational waves are ripples in the very fabric of spacetime, created when massive objects are accelerated. Show More Summary

The Broad Strokes of Jupiter

[This post is what Boing Boing calls a “unicorn chaser”, a bit of eye candy to cleanse the brain after a particularly off-putting article. So, after yesterday’s distressing news, here’s something to make your cerebrum a bit happier.] A...Show More Summary

Curiosity Finds an(other) Alien Visitor on Mars

The Curiosity rover has been on Mars since Aug. 6, 2102. In the more than four years it’s been there, it’s seen wonders beyond our Earthly reckoning: evidence of ancient flowing water, evidence of ancient standing water, methane in the...Show More Summary

That's No Ordinary Taco. It's a SPACE Taco.

People ask me a lot of questions. One of the most common, understandably, is, “Would you like to go to space?” My answer is always the same: “I’d like to be in space, but I don’t want to go to space.” The difference being the idea of...Show More Summary

New Study Confirms Sea Surface Temperatures Are Warming Faster than Previously Thought

In 2015, scientists from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a paper that angered a lot of climate science deniers. In it, the researchers found that some historic measurements of sea surface temperatures were off by a bit, and needed to be corrected. Show More Summary

Deep Field

The Universe is cycles. Planets orbit their stars. Stars are born and die and seed the Universe with more gas and elements to create more stars. Galaxies spin. Closer to home, we see the Sun rising and setting, we awake and we sleep....Show More Summary

Amazing Illusion: Invisibility Cloak

My friend (and evil twin) Richard Wiseman is a staple here at BA HQ; he studies how our brains can be tricked into perceiving things that aren’t real… or missing things that really are there. His latest entry into encephallusions is masterful. Show More Summary

Video Preview of Cassini's Saturn Endgame

Not long ago I wrote that the mission of the fantastic space probe Cassini is coming to an end. On Sep. 15, 2017, after a series of quite daring maneuvers, Cassini will drop into the atmosphere of Saturn, returning a last few bits of...Show More Summary

The Expanse Expanded

Regular readers know how big a scifi nerd I am. Star Trek, Doctor Who, 12 Monkeys… I love science fiction that tells big, grand stories. Right now, one of the best scifi shows on TV —heck, one of the best shows on TV— is The Expanse on Syfy . Show More Summary

Antimatter Is Starting to Yield Its Secrets

Is antimatter just like matter, but, well, opposite? This question has bedeviled physicists for decades. Antimatter is very similar to matter —it’s made up of subatomic particles juts like matter is, but they have an opposite electric charge. Show More Summary

What Happens When the Camera Faces the Other Way During a SpaceX Landing?

One year ago today, SpaceX landed the first stage booster from a Falcon 9 rocket that boosted a payload into orbit. Since that day, the rocket company has repeated that feat five times. Designed as a way to save money by not having to...Show More Summary

The Mysterious Case of a Nonexistent Alien Planet Discovered 160 Years Ago

The first planet ever to be discovered was found in 1781. It was an accident of sorts; William Herschel wasn’t looking for a planet specifically. He was instead scanning the sky for double stars, cataloging them as he found them. But a star he saw one night didn’t stay still. Show More Summary

Rocket men: why tech’s biggest billionaires want their place in space

Forget gilded mansions and super yachts. Among the tech elite, space exploration is now the ultimate status symbol The explosion could be felt 30 miles away. At 9.07am on 1 September, a SpaceX rocket containing 75,000 gallons of liquid...Show More Summary

Russian Resupply Rocket Lost During Launch

News is still coming in right now, but it looks like a Progress capsule loaded with supplies for the astronauts on the International Space Station was lost as it was heading up into space this morning. It was uncrewed, so there was no loss of human life. Jason Davis at The Planetary Society has details, and you can also get more at SpaceFlightNow. Show More Summary

Starry Starry Swing

Longtime BABlogee and music composer Greg La Traille sent me a note letting me know about an amazing art exhibit in Zürich, Switzerland called “Starfield”, but really it should be called “Star Swing”. Why? Well, for one thing, it’s a swing. Show More Summary

Jupiter Unwrapped

On Mar. 8, 2016, Earth lapped Jupiter in their race around the Sun. Earth orbits closer to the Sun than Jupiter, and so moves much more rapidly. Like a car on the inside track passing one on the outside, this meant that Earth was asShow More Summary

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