Weekly Digest April 18, 2014

kepler-186fPress Release — First Discovery of an Earth-sized Planet in the Habitable Zone
For the first time, an Earth-sized planet has been found in the habitable zone of its star.

kepler-186fKepler 186f — First Earth-sized Planet Orbiting in Habitable Zone of Another Star
A team of scientists, including SETI Institute researcher Elisa Quintana, has confirmed the first Earth-sized planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a star other than the Sun.

habitable zone and Kepler-186fKepler 186f — First Earth-sized Planet Orbiting in Habitable Zone of Another Star
A video interview with Elisa Quintana, Tom Barclay and Jason Rowe about the recent discovery of an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star. Hosted by Jill Tarter.

WFIRST telescopeThe WFIRST/AFTA astrophysics mission: bigger and better for exoplanets
Tom Greene of NASA Ames discusses the Wide Field InfRared Survey Telescope mission, the highest priority large space project recommended by the 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey.

Big Picture ScienceBig Picture Science Radio Show — That's Containment!
We all crave power—to run laptops, charge cell phones, and play Angry Birds. But why don’t batteries last longer? Discover why their technology is stuck in the 1800s.