Greg Laughlin

Jun. 12, 2009

Colliding Planets (Don't Panic)

New research finds a small -- but present -- chance of a collision between Earth and one of its planetary neighbors in the next few billion years.

planet, colllision

Jan. 30, 2009

Heating Up on a Distant Planet

Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet that experiences temperature swings of as much as 700 degrees within a matter of hours -- and are working to model the weather patterns there.

astronomy, planet, star, exosolar planet, exoplanet


Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Cetacean Science


Mystery Box

How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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