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Taking the Weight of an Alien World

Though hobbled by age, NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting telescope is proving to be an almost inexhaustible engine of discovery. The observatory found thousands of new worlds before an equipment malfunction in 2013 slowed its planetary torrent to a trickle, but clever researchers have managed to squeeze remarkable new findings out of its vast trove of archival data...

June 18, 2015 — Lee Billings

Now You Can "Hear" Climate Change [Video]

Want a visceral sense of how much temperatures around the Northern Hemisphere are deviating from average? Well, have a listen. University of Minnesota geography student and super cello player Daniel Crawford has composed a two-and-a-half minute piece for string quartet that let’s you hear the temperature change from 1880 to 2014...

May 21, 2015 — Mark Fischetti

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