News Briefs

  • The Birth and Death of Embryonic Planets
    Researchers study how planets form around stars in the Orion Nebula, hoping to understand better how planets in our own solar system formed.
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  • Life’s Baby Steps
    Billions of years ago, amino acids somehow linked together to form chainlike molecules. Now scientists have discovered what may be a key step in this process - a step that has baffled researchers for more than a half a century.
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  • How Jupiter Got Big
    How did the largest planet in our solar system form? New theories on how planets like Jupiter form put traditional theories to the test.
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  • Unpuzzling Proteins
    Thanks to a new supercomputer, scientists may be a step closer to understanding one of nature's more difficult puzzles.
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  • Space Weather on Mars
    Future human explorers of Mars can leave their umbrellas back on Earth, but perhaps they shouldn't forget their Geiger counters! A NASA experiment en route to the Red Planet aims to find out.
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  • Reflections From a Warm Little Pond
    Scientists theorize possible scenarios on how life could have first originated on Earth.
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  • Keeping
    Using a novel detector attached to a submarine, a research team led by University of Delaware marine scientists has determined that water chemistry controls the location and distribution of two species of weird worms that inhabit deep-sea hydrothermal vent sites.
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  • Was Johnny Appleseed a Comet?
    A new experiment suggests that comet impacts could have sowed the seeds of life on Earth billions of years ago.
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  • Roses for the Red Planet
    Scientists discuss the importance and the possible risks of seeding the Red Planet.
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  • Oily fossils provide clues to the evolution of flowers
    A team of Stanford geochemists has found evidence that flowering plants may have evolved 250 million years ago - long before the first pollen grain appeared in the fossil record.
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  • Focus on Europa
    Scientists from a variety of disciplines met recently to consider the possibility of life on Europa, and to plan how to look for it.
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  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea
    An expedition to geysers on the floor of the Indian Ocean is studying how animals there evolve and disperse geographically.
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  • Life’s Chemical Fingerprints
    Using a technique called Raman spectroscopy, researchers are developing instruments that may one day search for life on Mars, Europa, or Callisto.
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  • Return to the Red Planet
    On Saturday, April 7, NASA's next mission to Mars is set to launch. The 2001 Mars Odyssey will investigate the history of water on the Red Planet.
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  • Taking the Temperature of a Martian Meteorite
    A chunk of Mars that was hurled to Earth remained cool enough to preserve any microorganisms aboard. So says a group of researchers who have examined martian meteorite ALH84001.
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