News Briefs

  • Glass Munchers under the Sea
    A team of researchers recently announced that they have found the deepest-living microbes on the planet that eats into rock at the bottom of the sea floor
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  • The USA Returns to Mars
    NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft reached Mars and was captured into orbit after a successful main engine burn.
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  • The Three Domains of Life
    When scientists first started to classify life, everything was designated as either an animal or a plant. But as new forms of life were discovered, the original classification was not sufficient enough to organize the diversity and complexity of life.
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  • Titan: Biological Birthplace?
    Saturn's giant moon Titan, cloaked in a thick nitrogen atmosphere laced with hydrocarbons, could provide a laboratory in the sky.
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  • Photosynthesis: Take It or Leave It
    A serendipitous examination of ocean waters last year brought a big surprise for a team of US and Canadian scientists, a surprise that's causing marine ecologists to rethink the details of how ocean ecosystems function.
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  • Carbonaceous Clues to the Early Solar System
    Carbonaceous chondrite meteorites contain vital clues to the evolution of carbon compounds in our solar system preceding the origin of life.
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  • Cometary Closeup
    In a risky flyby, NASA's ailing Deep Space 1 spacecraft successfully navigated past a comet, giving researchers the best look ever inside the glowing core of icy dust and gas.
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  • Making the Moon
    The "giant impact" theory, first proposed in the mid-1970s to explain how the Moon formed, has now received a major boost. New computer simulations demonstrate how a single impact could yield the current Earth-Moon system.
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  • A Greener Planetary Greenhouse
    In recent years Earth-orbiting satellites have seen plants growing more vigorously than usual over northern parts of our planet.
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  • Genomics Meets Geology
    Chemist Steven A. Benner and his colleagues are combining chemistry, geological history and paleontology in an approach aimed at better understanding of life on Earth.
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  • Evidence of Recent Climate Change on Mars
    New images of the surface of Mars provide the first direct evidence that the climate of Mars has changed during the last 100,000 years. This is much earlier than previous estimates, which calculated a climate change dating back hundreds of millions of years.
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  • Jupiter-Size Planet Found Orbiting Star in Big Dipper
    A team of astronomers has found a Jupiter-size planet in a circular orbit around a faint nearby star, raising intriguing prospects of finding a solar system with characteristics similar to our own.
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  • Scientists Hunt For Light Flashes From Extraterrestrial Civilizations
    Astronomers are broadening the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) by looking for powerful light pulses coming from other star systems.
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  • Guerrero Negro
    Guerrero Negro is a popular destination for ecotourists to gaze at the gray whales, but scientists go to investigate an ecosystem that hold important clues to what life was like on early Earth.
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  • Having a Ball on Mars
    An amusing accident in the Mojave desert has inspired a new kind of Mars rover -- a two-story high beach ball that can descend to the Martian surface, land safely, and explore vast stretches of the Red Planet.
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