Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone.
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Visit the Glorious Trappist-1 System

Did you tune in for NASA’s big press conference today? Get excited, it’s a habitable-zone planet! Three of them, to be more precise. Goldilocks has sisters! After much speculation following the announcement of the announcement (it wasn’t ever going to be aliens, folks), NASA gleefully announced that the Spitzer Space …

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Aquaria on the Cheap

This article originally ran on my (now semi-defunct) aquarium blog, but it’s good information if you want to try setting up a fish tank. I’d also like to write some follow up pieces on teaching kids a little bit about biochemistry by way of aquaria.  So You Want to Start …

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Must. Have. Morels.

I’ve spent a lot of time in my life trudging through underbrush. Getting poison ivy, countless scratches, bug bites, and covered in ticks. Why would I do this? What drives me back to this torture year after year? Morels… Delicious, delicious morels. And guess what. It’s that time of year …

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Spring has Sprung… But how do I know?

It’s finally Spring here, and you know what that means. Right? Hmm, come to think of it what exactly does it mean to say it’s Spring? Is it solely based on the calendar? The temperature? Is it only Spring once college students go on break? There are actually a whole …

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Hyperbolic Crochet

I never took any of the classes in the excellent fiber department at my art school. Maybe I thought it was too 2-dimensional or sedentary or too old fashioned. Visions of acres of granny yarn projects may have turned me off.  I bitterly regret it, because now I know that …

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