Joshua Winn

Aug. 23, 2013

A Telescope Fails, but the Hunt for Exoplanets Continues

Although the Kepler planet-hunting telescope is no longer operating, discoveries remain to be made in its data.

exoplanets, extrasolar planets, alien planets, distant planets, kepler space telescope, nasa, earthlike planets, goldilocks zone, William Borucki, NASA, Joshua Winn, MIT

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\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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