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March 13, 2018 updates

Interstellar communication. II. Application to the solar gravitational lens

The optimisation of low-acceleration interstellar relativistic rocket trajectories using genetic algorithms (not new, but interesting)

Limits and signatures of relativistic spaceflight

Are We the First: Was There Life Before Our Solar System?

Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds

It’s a great big universe: Astrobiology and future trends for an astrotheology

Statistical Challenges in Exoplanet Detection

A White Paper Submitted to The National Academy of Science’s Committee on Exoplanet Science Strategy: Observing Exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope

Inner Super-Earths, Outer Gas Giants: How Pebble Isolation and Migration Feedback Keep Jupiters Cold

Precision Space Astrometry as a Tool to Find Earth-like Exoplanets

Exploring Extreme Space Weather Factors of Exoplanetary Habitability

Exoplanet Diversity in the Era of Space-based Direct Imaging Missions

Vortex coronagraphs for the Habitable Exoplanet Imaging Mission (HabEx) concept: theoretical performance and telescope requirements

EarthFinder: A Precise Radial Velocity Probe Mission Concept For the Detection of Earth-Mass Planets Orbiting Sun-like Stars

Planetary Candidates from K2 Campaign 16

Towards completing Planetary Systems: The role of minor bodies on life growth and survival

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

Recognizing the Value of the Solar Gravitational Lens for Direct Multipixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an Exoplanet

March 12, 2018 updates

How to Build a Starship

Exoplanets around Low-mass Stars Unveiled by K2

Shallow Transits—Deep Learning. I. Feasibility Study of Deep Learning to Detect Periodic Transits of Exoplanets

Kepler-78 and the Ultra-Short-Period Planets

Merging the Astrophysics and Planetary Science Information Systems

March 9, 2018 updates

Energy of Extra-Terrestrial Civilizations according to Evo-SETI Theory

Exoplanet’s Figure and Its Interior

Atmospheric dynamics and habitability range in Earth-like aquaplanets obliquity simulations

Vacancies in MgO at ultrahigh pressure: About mantle rheology of super-Earths

Synthetic torpor: A method for safely and practically transporting experimental animals aboard spaceflight missions to deep space

If technological intelligent extraterrestrials exist, what biological traits are de rigueur

Which colors would extraterrestrial civilizations use to transmit signals?: The “magic wavelengths” for optical SETI

A pilot investigation to constrain the presence of ring systems around transiting exoplanets

Magnetic properties of Proxima Centauri b analogues

Kuiper Belt Analogues in Nearby M-type Planet-host Systems

Interstellar object ‘Oumuamua as an extinct fragment of an ejected cometary planetesimal

Two warm, low-density sub-Jovian planets orbiting bright stars in K2 campaigns 13 and 14

The Importance of Multiple Observation Methods to Characterize Potentially Habitable Exoplanets: Ground- and Space-Based Synergies

Ages for exoplanet host stars

March 7, 2018 updates

Atmospheric reconnaissance of the habitable-zone Earth-sized planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1

The First Planetary Microlensing Event with Two Microlensed Source Stars

Deep and wide gaps by super Earths in low-viscosity discs

The KELT Follow-Up Network and Transit False Positive Catalog: Pre-vetted False Positives for TESS

Exoplanets Torqued by the Combined Tides of a Moon and Parent Star

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

Precision Light Curves from TESS Full-Frame Images: A Difference Imaging Approach

The CARMENES search for exoplanets around M dwarfs: Radial-velocity variations of active stars in visual-channel spectra

The Habitability of Proxima Centauri b I: Evolutionary Scenarios

Core-powered mass loss and the radius distribution of small exoplanets