Welcome new guest blogger, Lee Billings!


Last fall, everybody was talking about Gliese 581g—a newly discovered exoplanet, far from our own solar system, which seemed like it might be capable of supporting Life As We Know It. Media madness ensued. But, amid all the haters and hypers, I found "G Is For Goldilocks", an article written for Seed Magazine by science journalist Lee Billings.

Billings' article went beyond the headlines, describing how far-flung exoplanets are found, to begin with, and explaining the impact red dwarf stars—like Gliese 581—might have on the formation of the planets that orbit them.

It was a great, and enlightening, read. Just the kind of science journalism I like. Now, for the next two weeks, Lee will bring that style and substance to BoingBoing, blogging about exoplanets and the search for life in the Universe. In particular, he'll be filling you in on the inside scoop about newly released data from NASA's Kepler mission—an exoplanet-spotting spacecraft, looking for more places that could be "just right" for Life.

This should be an exciting two weeks. Welcome, Lee!


  1. Welcome Lee and thanks to you, Maggie, for keeping the science coming. At a time when ever-large numbers of literate Americans, not to mention illiterate Americans, despise scientists and openly question the value of science, we need clear communication about the results but also the point of science. Thanks to you both for doing exactly that.

  2. Hey everyone, it’s great to be here! I’m very grateful to Maggie and the other BoingBoing editors for giving this the green light.

    I’m going to try hard to keep up with all the feedback in BoingBoing’s comments, but if you want to guarantee that I’ll see any response, hit me up on The Twitter (username: LeeBillings). I’d love to hear your questions, remarks, and suggestions for future posts.

  3. Hi Lee, you’ve come a long way since the University of Minnesota. I look forward to reading your posts! -Derek

  4. Wow, Derek, a blast from the University of Minnesota past! Great to make contact again, and thanks for reading. Still listening to good music, I trust. :)

    1. Of course! I’ve been on a FlyLo kick lately, which seems fitting considering the space undertones ;D

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