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Yuri Milner is spending $100 million to prove out laser pushed nanosails that would reach 5% of lightspeed

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2016
by Alex Muller

Milner wants a probe that could travel to Alpha Centauri within a generation, and he's recruited Mark Zuckerberg and Stephen Hawking.

Astronomers Found Evidence for Exoplanets 100 Years Ago But Didnt Know It

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2016
by Alex Muller

A 1917 astronomical glass plate from the Cargenie Observatorys collection is offering the oldest evidence for a planet orbiting another star.

NASA is building a new exoplanet-hunting tool

Posted in Hardware on 30th Mar, 2016
by Alex Muller

The $10 million instrument is expected to start looking for exoplanets in 2019.

China is working on an incredible space telescope

Posted in Hardware on 12th Mar, 2016
by Alex Muller

The space telescope would have a 2+ meter diameter lens with a field of view 300 times that of the Hubble, while maintaining the same level of image resolution.

Astronomers identify trick to root out false-positives in the search for life

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2016
by Alex Muller

Scenarios in which the detection of oxygen in the atmosphere of exoplanets would not represent the presence of extraterrestrial life.