Author Archives: Mike Wall

New NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine Faces "Uphill Climb" after Contentious Confirmation

Partisanship and his past statements about climate change could hinder Bridenstine’s leadership of the space agency

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Chinese Space Station Tiangong 1 Falls to Earth

The space station disintegrated in the atmosphere over the South Pacific

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

European Space Agency Picks Exoplanet-Studying Spacecraft for 2028 Launch

The ARIEL mission will peer into the atmospheres of thousands of exoplanets to learn more about their formation and evolution

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Stephen Hawking to Be Interred in Westminster Abbey

The late physicist’s ashes will share a final resting place with the remains of Newton, Darwin and other historic figures

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

‘Oumuamua, First-Known Interstellar Visitor, Likely Born from 2 Stars

The mysterious object may have formed in a binary star system, new research suggests

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

You Are Here: Earth Shines in Image from Kepler Spacecraft

Last December, the planet-hunting mission viewed our planet from 94 million miles away

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Astronomers Glimpse Signposts of Universe’s First Stars

A simple signal confirms the existence of stars just 180 million years after the big bang, and reveals new hints about the nature of dark matter

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Superflare Wallops Nearest Exoplanet, Proxima b

Such flares dim hopes for life on the Earth-mass world

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Astronomers Haul in Another Horde of Kepler Planets

Nearly 100 worlds are the latest catch from the hardy space telescope

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

EX-PRIZE: Google’s $30-Million Moon Race Ends with No Winner

After more than a decade of activity, the Google Lunar XPRIZE is concluding—but the race to the moon continues

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Fate of Secret "Zuma" Satellite Unknown after SpaceX Launch

Rumors swirl around whether or not a mysterious spacecraft successfully entered and began operations in low Earth orbit

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Weird "Tubes" on Mars Are Probably Not Signs of Life

Crystalline growth, rather than biotic processes, are the likely explanation for strange Martian minerals glimpsed by NASA’s Curiosity rover

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Dust, Not Aliens, Is Likely Cause of Star’s Weird Dimming

Even so, the strange saga of Tabby’s Star is far from over

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

To Find Life on Mars, Look Underground

Ancient, buried hydrothermal systems are ideal sites to search for Martian fossils

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Weird World: Evaporating Exoplanet’s Orbit Is Askew

The Neptune-mass planet GJ 436b has a comet-like tail and a bizarre orbit that takes it over the poles of its star

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Interstellar Visitor Stays Silent–for Now, No Signs of Aliens on ‘Oumuamua

The bizarre object is emitting no obvious radio signals, but observations and analyses have just begun

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

ESPRESSO Gives Planet Hunting a Jolt

New high-performance instrument could reveal hidden habitable worlds around nearby stars

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

"Equator Trap" May Hinder Search for Alien Life

Bizarre atmospheric circulation patterns could obscure signs of life on some nearby exoplanets

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

SpaceX’s Planned Giant Rocket Could Chase Down Interstellar Asteroid

A new study charts potential courses for missions to ‘Oumuamua, an oddly-shaped space rock from another star

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Interstellar Message Beamed to Nearby Exoplanet

The radio signal directed at a world 12 light-years away included music and math lessons from Earth

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Meet ‘Oumuamua, the First-Ever Asteroid from Another Star

An interstellar space rock seen hurtling through the solar system now has a name

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

New Planet on the Block May Be Habitable

The Earth-mass world orbits a dim, quiet star just 11 light-years away

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

NASA "Twins Study" Shows How Spaceflight Changes Gene Expression

A nearly year-long stay on the International Space Station revealed boosts in gene methylation

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Curiosity Mars Rover Tests Drill after Long Delay

Dormant since late 2016, the rover’s rock-boring drill could soon come back online

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Demand for Stephen Hawking’s Thesis Crashes Web Site

Downloads of the physicist’s 1966 doctoral thesis overwhelm University of Cambridge servers

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

U.S. Will Return to the Moon, Pence Says

The Trump administration set NASA on a new course at the first meeting of the National Space Council

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

New Observations Deepen Mystery of "Alien Megastructure" Star

Orbiting dust could explain some—but not all—of the star’s bizarre behavior

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope Gets Go-Ahead

The ruling could allow the project to move forward after years of delays and opposition

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Sputnik Moments: Trio of Spaceflight Events Shook U.S. in 1957

The Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite 60 years ago

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

NASA Postpones Launch of James Webb Space Telescope

The multibillion-dollar observatory is now scheduled to launch in spring of 2019

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |