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An Extinction in the Blink of an Eye
Topic: Geology
02/15/14
Summary: MIT researchers find that the end-Permian extinction happened in 60,000 years — much faster than earlier estimates.

New Evidence For Ancient Ocean on Mars
Topic: Mars
02/15/14
Summary: A new study suggests that large boulders on Mars' northern plains were delivered to their location via massive underwater landslides--bolstering evidence for an ancient Martian ocean.

Redistributing Earth's Species
Topic: Climate
02/14/14
Summary: An international team of scientists tracks how fast and in which direction local climates — and species — have shifted.

'Smoking Gun' on the Ice Age Megafauna Extinctions
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
02/14/14
Summary: A new study reveals that a change in vegetation likely caused the mass extinction of large mammals after the latest Ice Age.

A Protein for Photosynthesis in Ancient Microorganisms
Topic: Extreme Life
02/13/14
Summary: Scientists have discovered that a protein used in photosynthesis in plants likely developed in microorganisms on ancient Earth - long before oxygen became availalbe in the atmosphere.

Calculated Risks: How Radiation Rules Mars Exploration
Topic: Moon to Mars
02/13/14
Summary: Scientists have calculated the radiation risk of a trip to Mars. The finding use data provided by NASA's Curiosity rover, and highlight the risks that future human explorers might face.

A Look Back and Ahead at Greenland's Changing Climate
Topic: Climate
02/12/14
Summary: A new study describes the mechanisms causing the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The so-called "submarine melting" has increased as the ocean and atmosphere have warmed over the past two decades.

NASA Mars Orbiters See Clues to Possible Water Flows
Topic: Mars
02/12/14
Summary: New images are providing the strongest evidence so far that liquid water may exist on Mars today. The findings could have implications in understanding the potential for life on the red planet.

From Primitive Artificial Cell to Complex Biological Materials
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
02/12/14
Summary: Scientists have made steps toward creating artificial 'building blocks' that are capable of self assembling into biological materials.

Kepler Finds a Very Wobbly Planet
Topic: New Planets
02/11/14
Summary: The Kepler telescope has spotted a planet that spins wildly on its axis, tilting up to 30 degrees over 11 years.

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