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10
Feb 2012

Countdown to 2/10/2012

POSTED BY: S. DOMAGAL-GOLDMAN
 
Lots going on in astrobiology/planetary science today… 3… The talk of the town planets is the brouhaha between NASA and the Office of Management and Budget over a Mars flagship. The short story is that OMB is taking the funding out of NASA’s planetary sciences budget that NASA had been planning to use on a Mars flagship. But it’s not quite that simple, as foreign space agencies – ESA in particular – were partners with NASA on the mission. Furthermore,....
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03
Feb 2012

Plant Power!

POSTED BY: ARIELANBAR
 
Two new papers this week in Nature – Geoscience highlight the powerful role of plants in shaping the world around us – in one case, literally! First, in “Paleozoic landscapes shaped by plant evolution, Martin Gibling and Neil Davies argue that the evolution of vascular plants with root systems, beginning around 450 million years ago, changed the way that rivers form channels and meander. It wasn’t until about 250 million years ago that the landscapes we know and love today were....
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02
Feb 2012

I’ll See You on the Far Side of the Moon

POSTED BY: S. DOMAGAL-GOLDMAN
 
NASA just released the first video ever Grail has taken from the far side of the moon. Makes me think of this: “And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear You shout and no one seems to hear. And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes I’ll see you on the dark far side of the Moon” from Brain Damage, by Pink Floyd. Original lyrics by Roger Waters. Edited version of the lyrics by thousands of scientists....
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Feb 2012

Fermi Paradox

POSTED BY: DIMITRA ATRI
 
For your amusement today, the Fermi Paradox song.  
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