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2014 Carl Sagan Fellows
2014-04-03 03:00:40

NASA/JPL NASA has selected seven scientists as recipients of the 2014 Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowships. The fellowship, named for the late astronomer, was created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around other stars. The primary goal of the fellowship program is to support outstanding recent postdoctoral scientists in conducting independent research related to the science goals of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration...

2012-09-04 18:45:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com [ Watch the Video: The Birth of a Planet Simulation ] Planetary researchers have a new tool in their artillery when trying to hunt for extrasolar planets. Scientists can now use simulated models developed by a group of scientists of how planets are born, helping the hunt for extrasolar planets. Planets generally form when a molecular cloud collapses into a young star. As the leftover gas and dust form a disk around the star, the particulates inside...

Word of the Day
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).