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Ancient Forests Stabilized Earth's CO2 and Climate
Topic: Climate
02/01/14
Summary: Researchers have identified a biological mechanism that could explain how the Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate were stabilised over the past 24 million years.

Weakened Immunity in Space-Raised Flies
Topic: Moon to Mars
02/01/14
Summary: A new study shows that growing up in space can weaken a key part of the immune system in fruit flies.

Size Mattered in Prehistoric Seas
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
01/31/14
Summary: A new study shows that some early multicellular organisms evolved into larger animals in order to access nutrient-rich currents above the seabed.

Cooking Up Life's Origin -- The Safer Way
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
01/31/14
Summary: Researchers have published a simpler, safer method for conducting Miller-Urey origin of life experiments--which may still yield new insight about how life began on Earth.

Going the Distance: Funding for Studies Abroad
Topic: Missions
01/31/14
Summary: In this series of blog posts, contributors from gURLs in space offer advice on how to fund an education in the space sciences.

Astrobiology for a General Audience
Topic: Missions
01/30/14
Summary: David Catling, professor of Earth and space sciences, discusses his new book Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction.

Going the Distance: Funding for Under-Represented Groups
Topic: Missions
01/30/14
Summary: In this series of blog posts, contributors from gURLs in space offer advice on how to fund an education in the space sciences.

Cassini’s View of Weird & Wonderful Saturn
Topic: Saturn
01/30/14
Summary: Members of the Cassini team explains images of Saturn's striking hexagon, the re-take of the Pale Blue Dot, and what the future holds for the mission.

Arctic Warmth Unprecedented in 44,000 Years, Reveals Ancient Moss
Topic: Climate
01/29/14
Summary: Researchers have found exposed Polytrichum mosses in the Canadian high Arctic that had been trapped beneath ice 44,000 years ago--suggesting that modern Arctic warming far exceeds the bounds of historical natural variability.

Predatory Organisms at Depth
Topic: Extreme Life
01/29/14
Summary: A new study shows that viruses might greatly outnumber microorganisms in the deep biosphere of the Earth.

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