Kathleen Hanna Voices an Awkward Alien

As the lead singer of Bikini Kill, Kathleen Hanna’s voice was remarkably important to countless young women. Now, Hanna has lent her skillful vocals to the big screen, becoming the voice behind an awkward alien in the short film “Myrna the Monster.” Directed by Ian Samuels, the film follows an earnest young extraterrestrial as she navigates the social jungle of Los Angeles after being uprooted …

NASA Discovers Earth 2.0

A newly discovered planet—called Kepler-452b—is so similar to Earth that NASA has dubbed it Earth 2.0. The far-off planet rests roughly 1,400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus and orbits inside its star’s habitable zone, where it’s warm enough for liquid surface water. Kepler-452b’s similarities to Earth are uncanny; it revolves around its sun once every 385 days, is roughly the same size and …

Cornell Renames Institute After Carl Sagan

Cornell University’s Institute for Pale Blue Dots is being renamed the Carl Sagan Institute: The Pale Blue Dot and Beyond in honor of the late astrophysicist and former Cornell faculty member. After Sagan’s wife and collaborator Ann Druyan visited the science center to give a speech, she was inspired by the innovative work being done and proposed the name change saying, “If Carl was alive, …