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March 29, 2018 updates

Worlds First Interstellar Summer School Announced

Breakthrough Discuss Conference 2018

MBR Space Settlement Challenge

First space mission dedicated to exoplanet atmospheres gets green light

Dynamical Analysis of the Circumprimary Planet in the Eccentric Binary System HD 59686

Investigating Planet Formation and Evolutionary Processes with Short-Period Exoplanets

A periodic configuration of the Kepler-25 planetary system?

A brief overview of planet formation

March 28, 2018 updates

WFIRST work continues despite budget and schedule uncertainty

An Earth-sized exoplanet with a Mercury-like composition

A Universal Break in the Planet-to-star Mass-ratio Function of Kepler MKG Stars

Distinguishing the albedo of exoplanets from stellar activity

Shifting of the resonance location for planets embedded in circumstellar disks

Dynamical models to explain observations with SPHERE in planetary systems with double debris belts

Systematic Search for Rings around Kepler Planet Candidates: Constraints on Ring Size and Occurrence Rate

A New Desalination Pump Help Define the pH of Ocean Worlds

Global-Mean Vertical Tracer Mixing in Planetary Atmospheres

Influence of stellar structure, evolution and rotation on the tidal damping of exoplanetary spin-orbit angles

Orbital alignment of circumbinary planets that form in misaligned circumbinary discs: the case of Kepler-413b

Eccentricities and Inclinations of Multi-Planet Systems with External Perturbers

March 27, 2018 updates

Life in the Universe

Geocentrism and the Astrobiological Context of the Human Condition

NASA reveals major delay for $8-billion Hubble successor

Decrease in Hysteresis of Planetary Climate for Planets with Long Solar Days

March 26, 2018 updates

New Assumptions to Guide SETI Research

The Relation Between Arrested Civilizations and Their Biospheres

OSIRIS-REx Encounters Earth: Signatures of a Habitable World

A comprehensive understanding of planet formation is required for assessing planetary habitability and for the search for life

Atmospheric mass loss of extrasolar planets orbiting magnetically active host stars

Understanding Stellar Contamination in Exoplanet Transmission Spectra as an Essential Step in Small Planet Characterization

An accurate mass determination for Kepler-1655b, a moderately-irradiated world with a significant volatile envelope

Formation of Terrestrial Planets

Criterion for the Onset of Chaos in Systems of Two Eccentric Planets

The WFIRST Exoplanet Microlensing Survey

Classification of simulated radio signals using Wide Residual Networks for use in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence

March 23, 2018 updates

Fingerprinting Non-Terran Biosignatures

Organic Haze as a Biosignature in Anoxic Earth-like Atmospheres

The Effect of Varying Atmospheric Pressure upon Habitability and Biosignatures of Earth-like Planets

The Habitability of Proxima Centauri b: Environmental States and Observational Discriminants

Detection of the closest Jovian exoplanet in the Epsilon Indi triple system

Gaian bottlenecks and planetary habitability maintained by evolving model biospheres: The ExoGaia model

Clear and Cloudy Exoplanet Forecasts for JWST: Maps, Retrieved Composition and Constraints on Formation with MIRI and NIRCam

Detection of Alpha Centauri at radio wavelengths: chromospheric emission and search for star-planet interaction