Martin Schmidt dies. An astronomer at Caltech changed our understanding of the universe

Martin Schmidt, the Dutch-born American astronomer whose discovery of quasars changed our understanding of the evolution of the universe and revealed the power and effectiveness of monsters roaming deep space, died in his Fresno home. Schmidt, professor emeritus at Caltech, died Saturday at the age of 92. Schmidt only recently arrived at Caltech when he … Read more

Raise a Bottle: Maison Mumm champagne to fly on Axiom Space missions

September 23, 2022 – Champagne specially developed for the microgravity environment of outer space has found its journey into Earth’s orbit. Maison Mumm, one of the world’s largest champagne producers, has partnered with human spaceflight company Axiom Space to launch Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar, “the first champagne bottle and tasting experience designed for space travel.” … Read more

Why is there still hope for our planet

This year, the world population will exceed eight billion. Nature faces enormous challenges, mainly because humans are consuming more than the planet can handle. At the same time, when we must work together across borders to solve these challenges, humans still squabble over politics, religion, commerce, and land, just as we have done for thousands … Read more

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discovered “cosmic baptism”

mechanical pop Deputy Editor-in-Chief Courtney Linder recently sat down to speak with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the world-renowned astrophysicist and science interviewer, host of the PBS series Nova Science now And the Universe: A SpaceTime Odysseycreator of the StarTalk franchise and bestselling author Astrophysics for people in a hurry. Tyson’s career in astrophysics, combined with a … Read more

New program to detect exoplanets for citizen scientists

SETI and its partner Unistellar have launched a new exoplanet discovery program for citizen scientists around the world. Amateur astronomers known as the Single-Star Exoplanet Campaign will be able to help confirm the existence of an exoplanet — a planet orbiting a star outside the solar system — identified by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Reconnaissance Satellite … Read more

Will the Newsom government’s “sweeping” climate change legislation save the planet?

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday signed off on a “comprehensive set of laws” aimed at drastically reducing the state’s use of oil and gas, several California media reported. This “comprehensive set of laws” is 40 new climate change bills that regulate California businesses and their people. The Newsom government even launched a new climate … Read more