Shannon Hall

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Summer Solstice 2018: The Search for Life in the Galaxy
The New York Times, June 2018

"As you mark the longest day of the year, consider the debate among astronomers over whether Earth’s tilt toward the sun helps make life on our world and others possible."

A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine
Quanta Magazine, May 2018

"Scientists argue that there’s an undiscovered giant planet far beyond the orbit of Neptune. A newly discovered rocky body has added evidence to the circumstantial case for it."

7 Alien 'Earths' May Be Swapping Life via Meteorites
National Geographic, March 2017

"The discovery of alien life would be revolutionary. But what if we uncovered it on two—or even seven—planets all orbiting the same star? That’s the tantalizing possibility offered by the cosmic grouping called TRAPPIST-1, where seven Earth-size worlds circle a star roughly 39 light-years away."

Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special after All
Scientific American, February 2016

"More than 400 years ago Renaissance scientist Nicolaus Copernicus reduced us to near nothingness by showing that our planet is not the center of the solar system. With every subsequent scientific revolution, most other privileged positions in the universe humans might have held dear have been further degraded, revealing the cold truth that our species is the smallest of specks on a speck of a planet, cosmologically speaking."

A Turning Point in Combating Climate Change May Be Here
Scientific American, December 2015

"The world is shifting. At least that’s what Bill McKibben, a leading environmental activist, tweeted on November 6."

Is It Time to Embrace Unverified Theories?
Nautilus, August 2015

"In the world of modern physics, there is change afoot. Researchers are striving so hard to leap beyond the mostly settled science of the Standard Model that they’re daring to break from one of science’s crucial traditions."

BICEP2 Was Wrong, But Publicly Sharing The Results Was Right
Discover Magazine, January 2015

"In the end, science is a human endeavor. As such it's flawed. This latest incident is a reminder that scientists are constantly engaged in a tightrope-walk between astonishing claims and careful deliberation."