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Riled Up is a journal of science, the environment, exploration, new technology, and related commentary.  Contributors include scientists, explorers, engineers, and others who provide perspectives and context not typically offered in general news circulation.  For interested readers, additional resources are included.

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Darth Vader's world

In the Star Wars movies, Darth Vader was an evil force cloaked in black with an evil helmet. The Kepler space telescope may have just discovered Vader's home world. According to NASA. the new planet orbits a star ~750 light years away and is stranger than anything comparable in our solar system. David Kipping of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics comments: "It's darker than the blackest lump of coal or darkest acrylic paint you might paint with." [caption ...
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Weirder and weirder by the day

Here at Riled Up we pay major attention to ecosystems on Earth and their condition. Terrestrial life is endlessly fascinating, important, and beautiful. However, observations by orbiting cameras like Cassini at Saturn and the Kepler Space Telescope, have opened up alien worlds and their environments that just keep getting weirder by the day. Two reports showcase such strangeness observed and predicted. NASA recently reported that it is raining methane on Titan, Saturn's huge moon, as ...


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