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Curious Humor
Topic: Mars
With the incredible landing of a new rover on Mars, NASA has sparked the 'curiosity' of Earth's public - as well as their sense of humor.

In Memoriam: Heinrich (Dick) Holland (1927-2012)
Topic: Earth
The astrobiology community mourns the death of Dick Holland, treasured colleague and forefather of astrobiology.

RIP Ray Bradbury
Topic: Alien Life
Ray Bradbury, writer of classic science fiction and fantasy works, died Tuesday at the age of 91.

A Challenge to Find Life's Origin
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
A private philanthropist will shortly announce the winner(s) of his Origin of Life $50K Challenge. The prize is awarded to the "best proposal detailing 'first life.'"

The White House Comments on Alien Life
Topic: Alien Life
The White House has issued a statement in response to petitions asking the government to "disclose long withheld knowledge" of extraterrestrial beings. There is no evidence of life beyond our planet as of yet, but upcoming missions and research could help us determine if we are alone in the Universe.

Tribute to Terrorism Victims on Mars
Topic: Mars
In September 2001, researchers building tools for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers paid special tribute to victims of the attacks on September 11. Aluminum cuffs on the rock abrasion tools for Opportunity and Spirit were made from aluminum recovered from the destroyed World Trade Center towers.

Ape-pocalypse now!
Topic: Alien Life
Astrobiology Magazine is launching a new blog -- AstroTurf -- written by science historian Richard Milner. In this first post, Milner writes about an internet hoax created to promote Hollywood's latest "Planet of the Apes" movie.

'Secret Mars Base' a Cosmic Ray Artifact
Topic: Moon to Mars
Recently, a video made its way around the web that claimed a space station was discovered on Mars. In reality, the image is nothing more than bad pixels caused by a cosmic ray hitting the Mars Express spacecraft while the photo was being taken.

Twitter for Space Geeks
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Astrobiology Magazine's twitter feed (!/astrobiologymag) has been selected as one of the 20 best twitter feeds for true space geeks by

Extreme Earth: Waves of Water, Wind and Heat
Topic: Climate
Research shows that increasing wind speeds and wave heights could be linked to climate change. However, not all recent and extreme weather events are due to changing climate. A separate study indicates that the record heat in Russia recorded in 2010 was a fluke, and unrelated to climate trends.

Turning Up the Gas
Topic: Climate
Greenhouse gases have increased more frequently in Earth's history than previously believed. Fluxes involved a significant exchange of carbon between surface reservoirs and the atmosphere. Higher levels of CO2 affect nutrient uptake by planets, which could cause problems as the modern climate continues to heat up.

Extraterrestrial DJs: spinning tunes for the stars
Topic: Alien Life
Would extraterrestrials like to listen to our music? A new collaboration between science and music has created musical messages that might one day be sent to alien worlds.

Pulling Back the Sheets
Topic: Climate
A new study shows that melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are contributing more to rising sea levels than other sources, such as mountain glaciers and ice caps. Studying these sheets is important, because if they collapse they could dramatically change the level of the oceans globally.

Wet and Dry
Topic: Climate
From extreme precipitation events to catastrophic droughts, the effects of climate change may be heralding in a new era of extreme weather. Scientists are trying to determine what the repercussions for the Earth's biosphere could be.

Zombie Invaders
Topic: Climate
The ability of organisms to adapt to our changing climate could cause profound changes to the biosphere. Some microbes might remain dormant in environments until conditions improve. Invasive species could move into new environments, potentially triggering a mass extinction.

Spotlight on Local Change
Topic: Climate
Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, is focusing on the local effects of climate change in different places in the world. Changing climate trends are resulting in less snow in California's Sierra Nevada mountains and more heavy rain for the state of Queensland in Australia.

The Culture of Climate Change
Topic: Climate
Scientists study the links between the Earth's climate and biosphere, but new studies show that climate could also be intimately linked to human culture. This relationship between climate and culture may be apparent throughout human history.

Studying Cycles: Chemistry and Climate
Topic: Climate
New studies have shown that scientists have underestimated the effect that two chemical compounds may have on Earth's climate. Carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide can contribute to global warming and climate change, and might bring about a climate on Earth that life has never experienced before.

Reverence for the Heavens
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
For some, the contemplation of the cosmos is a religious experience. Vatican astronomers say this can lead to profound insights about ourselves and the nature of the universe.

Time for Climate Change
Topic: Climate
Earth's climate could take 100,000 years or longer to recover from rising CO2 if we don't mitigate our carbon emissions. Scientists studying one ancient bout of global warming 56 million years ago found that CO2 took about 30,000 to 40,000 years to settle out of the atmosphere.

Should We Stay or Should We Go?
Topic: Climate
The ever-expanding human population will continue to impact the habitability of our planet into the future. But moving humans from Earth into the final frontier carries an environmental cost as well.

Rising Seas and Declining Species
Topic: Climate
The oceans are critical to the survival of life on Earth, but climate change may be causing irreversible damage to these fragile systems. What role will acidification, ice melt and surface temperature increases play in the future habitability of our planet?

Hunting for New Habitats
Topic: Climate
Astronomers are finding many new planets circling distant stars, but they have yet to find one like Earth. Studying the changing climate of Earth is an essential step in helping scientists identify similarly habitable worlds beyond our solar system.

Climate Change before it Goes Global
Topic: Climate
Whiffs of oxygen may have been present on Earth before the Great Oxidation Event. This may have allowed for niche environments for oxygen-dependent organisms before the global atmosphere became oxygen rich. This isn't the only example of how climate change can first occur regionally rather than globally.

Plants and the Carbon Capture Question
Topic: Climate
We have a long way to go in understanding climate change, but we do know that complex interactions between plants and the climate of Earth go well beyond the Carbon Cycle. Studying the links between life and climate will aid in understanding life's future on Earth.

The Atlantic and Pacific Climate Connection
Topic: Climate
Researchers are discovering new ways in which the Earth's oceans have influenced global climate. At the end of the last ice age, north Atlantic ice sheets melted, added fresh water and caused the collapse of the Atlantic Ocean conveyor belt. That should have plunged the northern Hemisphere into a deep freeze... but it didn't.

Engineering the Skies
Topic: Climate
If we could make one change to stave off climate change, what would it be? One scientist believes that getting rid of black soot is the answer. Other research shows that fighting climate change with geo-engineering tricks, such as pumping out aerosols to reflect sunlight, may not be a solution.

Climate Change by Degrees
Topic: Climate
There are many ambiguities in forecasting climate change. New reports are attempting to get to the 'nuts and bolts' of the problem, allowing people to clearly see the consequences of each degree of warming. Such information is important in understanding the future of life on Earth.

Picture Disaster
Topic: Climate
The news keeps us constantly in tune with environmental disasters and their effects on Earth's climate and biosphere. How did past generations who didn´t have television or a camera depict those dramatic moments in living geologic history? Through art.

A History of Climate Change
Topic: Climate
How did the Earth stay warm 3.8 billion years ago when the young sun was 30% weaker? It's a mystery scientists have long been trying to solve, and it may come down to global warming. Ancient warming on Earth can also provide important clues concerning modern climate change.

Earth Blows Hot and Cold
Topic: Climate
New research shows that the climate change of 12,000 years ago could have been the first catastrophic climate event attributed to humans. In modern times, humans are continuing to have profound effects on our planet, from wildfires to dramatic weather.

Earth on the Rocks
Topic: Climate
There is a lot we don't yet understand about climate change, but humankind's influence on the Earth is becoming more and more apparent. Studying our effect will help us understand life's future on Earth.

Climate Change - it's in the Soil, it's in the Leaves
Topic: Climate
New studies on the carbon isotopes present in ancient plants and microorganism communities in modern soils are helping scientists improve climate change models. The studies are also providing new insight into the co-evolution of life and our planet.

One Moment, Two Worlds
Topic: Mars
NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars recently participated in a public photography project called 'A Moment in Time.' On May 2 at 15:00 UTC, people all around the world took a photograph to show the variety of life on our world. Opportunity joined in, adding a moment in time from the surface of Mars.

Into the Deep
Topic: Climate
The oceans remain one of the least explored places on the planet, but new robotic technology could change that. Collecting accurate data concerning the oceans is essential in understanding how events resulting from climate change, such as glacial melt, will effect the future of our planet and biosphere.

Ask the Locals
Topic: Climate
Astrobiologists concerned with life's future on our planet are discovering that they have a lot to learn from local communities. Scientists are now looking to local people for knowledge about climate change and the methods we can use to ensure a healthy future for Earth's biosphere.

Building Blocks
Topic: Climate
Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, the Hot Zone, discusses the ways in which life can impact the physical conditions of the Earth. A recent study shows that the health of a single microbial species in the Earth's oceans could eventually alter the ocean food chain - and possibly the Earth's biosphere as a whole.

A Public Opinion on Mission Planning
Topic: Missions
For the last few months, Astrobiology Magazine has been running a poll to see what our readers think should be the next target of a mission in the solar system. As we close the poll, see how the results compare to current mission plans.

Not Set in Stone
Topic: Geology
For the past 12,000 years, the Earth's climate has been relatively stable and hospitable. That time - the Halocene epoch - may be coming to an end as a new period in geologic history begins. Welcome to the Anthropocene - the "human epoch".

2010: An Astrobiology Odyssey
Topic: Missions
Scientists and students interested in astrobiology will want to make an odyssey to two conferences this year: AbSciCon and AbGradCon.

Climate Coverage
Topic: Climate
Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, features a recent essay by Jim Hansen of NASA GISS. In this essay, he describes his frustration with the media´s approach to the climate controversy.

Capping the Carbon Market
Topic: Climate
Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, discusses a recent essay by Jim Hansen of NASA GISS. In this piece, Hansen discusses how current policies may result in a false interpretation of the true problems behind carbon emissions.

The Fighting Spirit
Topic: Climate
Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, discusses a recent essay by Jim Hansen of NASA GISS. In the piece Hansen speaks of the increase in negative attitudes toward climate change and the need for a 'fighting spirit' if a future climate crisis is to be averted.

Reporting UFOs
Topic: Alien Life
A new website is giving amateur and professional astronomers formal mechanisms for reporting unexplained phenomena they observe in the night sky. The site will contribute toward a better understanding of transient phenomena occurring in the atmosphere.

The Zombie Argument
Topic: Climate
With climate talks in Copenhagen underway, Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, discusses news coming out of the UN climate conference. The agreements (and disagreements) arising from Copenhagen could have profound effects on the future of life on Earth.

Gathering Together the Beasts of Change
Topic: Climate
Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, discusses issues surrounding the UN climate conference happening in Copenhagen.

The Best Laid Plans
Topic: Climate
Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, discusses the recent set of email messages sent by the Director of the University of East Anglia´s Climate Research Unit that were hacked and uploaded to a public Web site. The emails have sparked a great deal of debate concerning climate change.

The Linguistics of Climate Change
Topic: Climate
Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, recently spoke with Professor Brigitte Nerlich about aspects of climate change related to human behavior. The future of life on Earth may truly be in the hands of humankind - yet our actions are sometimes hard to predict or understand.

Receding Ice, Rising Oceans
Topic: Climate
Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, recently discussed how receding glaciers could have catastrophic consequences for Earth's climate. Increasing loss of glacial ice will lead to increasing water levels in the oceans. Ultimately, these changes could profoundly affect the biosphere.

Measuring Climate Change
Topic: Climate
Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, recently spoke with Dr. Marty Mlynczak of NASA's Langley Research Center about the limitations of the technology we have on hand to measure climate change. Things we can't measure could be important in understanding the links between climate and habitability.

Think Global, Act Local
Topic: Climate
Recently, Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, spoke with Dr. Anastasia Romanou, Associate Research Scientist at NASA GISS, about the need for precise local measurements of climate phenomena. Local measurements can provide information about the real impacts of climate change.

Fantastic Voyage
Topic: Missions
By travelling to the outer solar system, the two Voyager spacecraft allowed us to see amazing details of far-distant planets and moons.

Fish – It's What's for Dinner
Topic: Climate
The oceans of Earth play an essential role in making our planet habitable for life as we know it. The future of our oceans, however, may be in jeopardy. Recently, Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, discussed how anoxic waters may affect the biosphere in years to come.

Ocean Acidifcation, Climate's Step Sister
Topic: Climate
The Hot Zone recently discussed ocean acidification and what it could mean for the future climate of Earth. Earlier this month expert panels organized by the United Nations discussed ocean acidification and the future of Earth's marine ecosystems.

Star Talk
Topic: Missions
This Sunday, Earthlings and any aliens who happen to be tuning in to radio signals from Earth can listen to "Star Talk," a new radio show about space and science.

Mars in Pop Culture: Radio
Topic: Mars
Historically, Mars was thought to be the most likely of the planets to harbor life. Popular culture in the form of literature, and then later radio and film, reflected such beliefs. This review examines Mars in the history of radio.

Mars in Pop Culture: Literature
Topic: Mars
Why is it that people tend to talk of "Martians," rather than, say, "Saturnians" or "Jovians," when the topic of extraterrestrial life is broached? Historically, Mars was thought to be the most likely of the planets to harbor life. Popular culture in the form of literature, and then later radio and film, reflected such beliefs. This review examines Mars in the history of literature.

Mars in Pop Culture: Film
Topic: Mars
The latest movie incarnation of H.G. Wells´s "The War of the Worlds" hit theaters on Wednesday, June 29. In Wells's story, Martians invaded the Earth -- only to be brought down by a virus. Mars was once thought to be the most likely of the planets to harbor life, and so was a great source of inspiration for filmmakers. This review examines Mars in the history of the cinema.

The Olympics on Animal Planet
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
In part IV of this Olympic series, the question of how humans might compete against other species is considered. Are we so sure in our pride as a species, that our champions are the same as the planet's winners?

The Doodle Gig
Topic: Missions
How is the search for life elsewhere reflected culturally in symbols that we recognize daily? One signpost invented to characterize the 'state of the internet' is the occasional change in the logo of the world's most popular search engine. How that doodle has come to recognize astrobiology seems to violate conventional wisdom on what is meant by tinkering with one's cherished brand recognition.

Eavesdropping on Olympus
Topic: Alien Life
As preparations near completion for the return of the Olympics Games to their ancestral home in Athens, the time is ripe to revisit whether the Olympics has been our diplomatic calling card in other places beyond the home planet.

New Worlds of Words
Topic: Missions
A dictionary like no other in the world, the Oxford English Dictionary has been described as "among the wonders of the world of scholarship". This week, the OED announced the term, astrobiology, among its latest new entries.

I Want My Sci-TV
Topic: Moon to Mars
Americans love science in their movies and TV shows, yet recent reports indicate we are losing our scientific dominance to the rest of the world. Can science-themed entertainment get Americans off the couch and into the lab?
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