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May 20, 2020 updates

Galactic Cosmic Ray Shielding Using Spherical Field-Reversed Array of Superconducting Coils

Ultra-thin sail could speed journey to other star systems

The Chiral Puzzle of Life

A Starshot Communication Downlink

The Effect of Seafloor Weathering on Planetary Habitability

A trampoline effect occurring in the stages of planetary reseeding

ARES II: Characterising the Hot Jupiters WASP-127 b, WASP-79 b and WASP-62 b with HST

Confirmation of water emission in the dayside spectrum of the ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b

May 19, 2020 updates

An objective Bayesian analysis of life’s early start and our late arrival

Artificial Gravity in Interstellar Travel

Planetary Spin and Obliquity from Mergers

Atmospheric Escape of Close-in Giants around Hot Stars: Far-Ultraviolet Radiation and Photoelectric Heating Effect

Super-Rayleigh Slopes in Transmission Spectra of Exoplanets Generated by Photochemical Haze

May 15, 2020 updates

A Numerical Method for Determining the Elements of Circumbinary Orbits and Its Application to Circumbinary Planets and the Satellites of Pluto-Charon

Two examples of how to use observations of terrestrial planets orbiting in temperate orbits around low mass stars to test key concepts of planetary habitability

A possible transit of a disintegrating exoplanet in the nearby multiplanet system DMPP-1