Science real and fictional

Real-life Meteor Freaks? The coolest extrasolar planets? Mutants bred by space radiation?

Here’s a round-up of recent stories that hint at hoary sf clich├ęs of yore.

Space is big. Really big. And those other worlds out there may be stranger than we imagine. Lately, we’ve had lists of the Ten Most Interesting Extrasolar Planets and some hypothetical extrasolars as well.

A recent study shows that microbes can become more virulent in space, while a meteor strike in Peru may have had some unusual effects on the locals, as reported here and here.

Finally, here’s a recent reflection on Robert Heinlein, who helped invent modern SF.

2 replies on “Science real and fictional”

  1. hossman says:

    No Mutant Superheros in Peru

    …a meteor strike in Peru may have had some unusual effects on the locals…

    Nothing extraterrestrial about the effects on the locals: The meteorite heated up a water supply contaminated with arsenic; the fumes were breathed in by many people in the area at the time.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070921-meteor-peru.html

  2. robertcr5 says:

    Nothing
    Ok folks. Move along. Nothing to see here. Just keep on moving. ALL YOUR CATS ARE BELONG TO US!

    Keep on moving… Nothing here.

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