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can we really sleep our way to the stars?
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can we really sleep our way to the stars?

Imagine being able to sleep for months, if not years, waking up orbiting another world. But is this just wishful thinking, or can humans really learn to hibernate?

zombie worlds are out there, and they’re terrifying places
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zombie worlds are out there, and they’re terrifying places

It turns out there is life after stellar death. Say hello to zombie worlds, undead planets orbiting the most extreme objects in the universe.

why the biggest galaxies have the fewest new stars
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why the biggest galaxies have the fewest new stars

Some of the largest galaxies in the cosmos aren’t creating new stars. Now scientists finally think they know why.

the cosmic buffet: are black holes snacking on neutron stars?
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the cosmic buffet: are black holes snacking on neutron stars?

A new simulation says that black holes are eating neutron stars and lighting up our telescopes with mysterious bursts of energy.

engineers want to blot out the sun to fight global warming. again.
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engineers want to blot out the sun to fight global warming. again.

Researchers from MIT want to deploy a raft of space bubbles to block sunlight and fight global warming. It probably won’t work.

the universe’s axis of evil and why the cosmos is askew
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the universe’s axis of evil and why the cosmos is askew

We’re taught that our universe looks and works the same way in every direction. That may not be entirely true.

why we need to forget about terraforming
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why we need to forget about terraforming

Science fiction and popular science say that we can change other worlds to be like ours. In reality, that will be a terrible idea.

how to spot aliens with a telescope
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how to spot aliens with a telescope

With the successful launch and deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope, a lot of researchers and science enthusiasts are wondering if it could actually help us find alien life.

what is a planet anyway? astronomers campaign to avenge pluto
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what is a planet anyway? astronomers campaign to avenge pluto

A group of scientists want Pluto to be considered a planet again, even if hundreds of other objects earn the same rank.

will we really eat each other to survive in space?
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will we really eat each other to survive in space?

What happens when your crops fail and you’re 60 trillion miles from Earth? Some experts are raising grim alternatives to tabloids’ delight.

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