Our Sun Could Someday Reveal the Surfaces of Alien Earths

[ad_1] We now know of more than 5,000 exoplanets beyond the solar system. What we really understand about each of these worlds, though, is barely anything at all. Most of them have been seen only indirectly from their shadows as they cross in front of the stars they...

ArXiv.org Reaches a Milestone and a Reckoning

[ad_1] What started in 1989 as an e-mail list for a few dozen string theorists has now grown to a collection of more than two million papers—and the central hub for physicists, astronomers, computer scientists, mathematicians and other researchers. On January 3 the...