Author Archives: Eric Betz

Cocktail Chemistry: 10 Science-Backed Tips for the Perfect Drink

Are your homemade cocktails never as good as the real thing? Fear not, science has you covered! Continue reading

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Why Astronomy is Considered the Oldest Science

Initially a cosmic curiosity, the night sky was eventually decoded by ancient peoples, making astronomy one of (if not the) oldest science. Continue reading

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Reports of Rising UFO Sightings are Greatly Exaggerated

The pandemic has not sparked a shocking rise in UFO sightings, experts say. But the public is growing increasingly confused by ordinary objects they see in the sky. Continue reading

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5 NASA Spacecraft That Are Leaving Our Solar System for Good

Most of these interstellar spacecraft carry messages intended to introduce ourselves to any aliens that find them along the way. Continue reading

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The Big Freeze: How the Universe Will Die

The cosmos will come to a close through a cold and lonely death called the Big Freeze. Continue reading

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Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Astronomical Observatory?

Pseudoscience and genuine archaeological mysteries surround humanity’s oldest known temple. But was it the world’s first astronomical observatory? Continue reading

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8 Fun Science Experiments You Can Easily do at Home

Looking for a science project to do with kids? These experiments go beyond the trivial and incorporate real-world scientific research. Continue reading

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NASA’s Europa Clipper Will Find Out if Europa is Habitable

Humanity’s first dedicated spacecraft meant to explore Jupiter’s moon Europa will be complete by 2023 — and it’s custom built to find out whether life can exist on the ocean world. Continue reading

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How do Planets Form? NASA Wants Your Help Finding Out

A NASA citizen science project called Disk Detective enlists volunteers to study images of solar systems as they’re forming. Continue reading

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Six Ways to Buy A Ticket to Space in 2021

Space tourism could finally become a reality next year. These space companies are either already selling seats to private customers, or soon will be. Continue reading

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5 NASA Science Projects That Can Help Teach Kids Astronomy

Kids and adults can get involved these citizen science experiments from NASA researchers. Each one comes with educational materials that can help you learn about everything from alien planets to finding asteroids. Continue reading

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Ceres: An Ocean World in the Asteroid Belt

Liquid water, once thought unique to Earth, may be common on icy worlds throughout the solar system. Continue reading

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What Would Happen if You Fell Into a Black Hole?

If you plummeted into a black hole, your body would be ripped apart in a process called “spaghettification.” Continue reading

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China Successfully Launches Its First Mars Rover to the Red Planet

The U.S. is the only (existing) nation to ever successfully land a mission on Mars. China plans to change that. Continue reading

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Apollo-Soyuz Mission: When the Space Race Ended

The space race formally ended on July 17, 1975, when the U.S. and Soviet Union linked up in orbit and shook hands during the Apollo-Soyuz mission. Continue reading

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Vanguard 1: Earth’s Oldest Artificial Satellite That’s Still in Orbit

America’s second satellite stopped communicating with Earth in 1964, but it will stay in orbit for centuries. Continue reading

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Thorne-Żytkow Objects: When a Supergiant Star Swallows a Dead Star

One of the universe’s strangest stars is thought to form when a neutron star gets sucked into a red supergiant. But despite 45 years of searching, astronomers still aren’t sure they’ve ever found one. Continue reading

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The Path to Ingenuity: One Man’s Decades-Long Quest to Fly a Helicopter on Mars

NASA is about to fly a rotorcraft on another planet. For the engineers who built the Mars Ingenuity helicopter, it’s a Wright brothers moment. Continue reading

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Many BPA-Free Plastics Are Toxic. Some Are Worse Than BPA

More than 50 different chemicals are now pumped into consumer products in place of BPA. These BPA-free alternatives can be as bad as — or worse than — the original. Continue reading

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Pluto Has Likely Maintained an Underground Liquid Ocean for Billions of Years

The discovery hints that subsurface oceans are common in the outer solar system, which is good news for the those seeking extraterrestrial life. Continue reading

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Nabta Playa: The World’s First Astronomical Site Was Built in Africa and Is Older Than Stonehenge

This 7,000-year-old stone circle tracked the summer solstice and the arrival of the annual monsoon season. It’s the oldest known astronomical site on Earth. Continue reading

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The ‘Mars Underground’: How a Rag-Tag Group of Students Helped Spark a Return to the Red Planet

For 20 years, NASA didn’t send a spacecraft to Mars. And to one group of young researchers, that just wasn’t going to fly. Continue reading

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The History and Future of Telescopes on the Moon

For generations, astronomers have dreamed of building telescopes on the lunar farside. Continue reading

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In Historic First, SpaceX Successfully Launches NASA Astronauts Into Space

Elon Musk’s rocket company came through, becoming the first private enterprise to put a human in orbit. The launch also restored America’s ability to launch astronauts from its own soil. Continue reading

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Can This Cheap, DIY Air Pollution Sensor Help the World Get Clean Air?

Colombian citizen scientists built dirt-cheap air quality monitors and deployed them across their city, forcing the government to confront its pollution. Now they’re teaching others to build them, too. Continue reading

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Death From Above: Seven Unlucky Tales of People Killed by Meteorites

Thousands of years of historical records show people are likely struck by meteorites surprisingly often. Continue reading

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Wandering Stars Pass Near Our Solar System Surprisingly Often

Our sun has had close encounters with other stars in the past, and it’s due for a dangerously close one in the not-so-distant future. Continue reading

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A Meteorite Killed a Man in Iraq in 1888, Historic Records Suggest

Scientists searching through Ottoman Empire records found letters from high-ranking officials that describe a large fireball followed by meteorites that struck a village. Continue reading

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Astronomers Find the Closest (Known) Black Hole to Earth

This quiet black hole sits just 1,000 light-years from Earth. But the two stars that dance around it are possible to pick out with the naked eye. Continue reading

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Astronomers Find the Closest (Known) Black Hole to Earth

This quiet black hole sits just 1,000 light-years from Earth. But the two stars that dance around it are possible to pick out with the naked eye. Continue reading

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