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May 29, 2018 updates

The Anthropocene Generalized: Evolution of Exo-Civilizations and Their Planetary Feedback

First light for SPIRou, exoplanet hunter

Imagining Outer Space: European Astroculture in the Twentieth Century

Measuring Eta_Earth: Characterization of Terrestrial Planetary Systems with Kepler, HARPS-N, and Gaia

A Kinematical Detection of Two Jupiter Mass Planets

Buildup of Abiotic Oxygen and Ozone in Moist Atmospheres of Temperate Terrestrial Exoplanets and its Impact on the Spectral Fingerprint in Transit Observations

Migration-driven diversity of super-Earth compositions

NGTS-2b: An inflated hot-Jupiter transiting a bright F-dwarf

Photochemical Haze Formation in the Atmospheres of super-Earths and mini-Neptunes

Non-Detection of a Helium Exosphere for the Hot Jupiter WASP-12b

Planet Formation in Highly Inclined Binary Systems. II. Orbital Alignment or Anti-alignment and Planet Growth Boost in Intermediate Separation Binaries

May 28, 2018 updates

Dipole Drive for Space Propulsion

Beam-Driven Sails and Divergence of Neutral Particle Beams

Star Lifting: An Application for Alien Megastructures

KMT-2016-BLG-1820 and KMT-2016-BLG-2142: Two Microlensing Binaries Composed of Planetary-mass Companions and Very-Low-Mass Primaries

The science case for POLLUX, a high-resolution UV spectropolarimeter onboard LUVOIR

Theory and simulation of spectral line broadening by exoplanetary atmospheric haze

May 24, 2018 updates

Overload control of artificial gravity facility using spinning tether system for high eccentricity transfer orbits

Habitability Classification of Exoplanets: A Machine Learning Insight

Phantom Inflated Planets in Occurrence Rate Based Samples

Kepler-503b: An Object at the Hydrogen Burning Mass Limit Orbiting a Subgiant Star

Stellar Companions of Exoplanet Host Stars in K2

A Novel Exoplanetary Habitability Score via Particle Swarm Optimization of CES Production Functions

KMT-2016-BLG-1107: A New Hollywood-Planet Close/Wide Degeneracy

Planetary Spectrum Generator: an accurate online radiative transfer suite for atmospheres, comets, small bodies and exoplanets

May 23, 2018 updates

Preliminary results of magnetic field measurements on multi-coil magnetic sail in laboratory experiment

A Summary of Recent NASA’s Electric Sail Propulsion System Investigations

An Advanced Composites-Based Solar Sail System for Interplanetary Small Satellite Missions

Linear Structural Dynamics and Modal Cost Analysis for a Solar Sail

Membrane Structure Supported by Self-Deployable Truss for Space Applications

Radioactive nuclei from cosmochronology to habitability

The Exoplanet Population Observation Simulator. I – The Inner Edges of Planetary Systems

Populations of Extrasolar Giant Planets from Transit and Radial Velocity Surveys

An Earth-sized exoplanet with a Mercury-like composition

The Open Universe Initiative

Circular polarization signals of cloudy (exo)planets

Survival of a planet in short-period Neptunian desert under effect of photo-evaporation

The Ice Cap Zone: A Unique Habitable Zone for Ocean Worlds