Solar System

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    Shh …mummy’s the word! We don’t want to provoke the curse of King Tut. Except that there are many curses associated with this fossilized pharaoh – from evil spirits to alien malevolence. So it’s hard to know which one we’d face. We’ll unravel secrets about
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    In this interview, Dr. David Grinspoon discusses the implications of the Anthropocene -- a timescale defined by humanity as a geological force shaping the global landscape and evolution of our planet.
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    Nesta entrevista o Dr. David Grinspoon discute as implicações do Antropoceno – uma escala de tempo definida como a humanidade sendo uma força geológica a modificar a paisagem global e a evolução do nosso planeta.
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    NASA has announced a Grand Challenge focused on finding all the asteroids that could threaten the life's future on Earth - and determining what to do about them.
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    Scientists have found that a common antifreeze compound that might exist on Saturn's moon Titan can get trapped within ice-like cages. This discovery could influence our ideas about the evolution and development of life on Titan and other icy celestial bodies.
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    The Earth system includes intricate interactions between everything from our planet's dynamic climate to geological and biological processes. A new study is helping astrobiolgists understand just how stable the Earth system is.
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    A new study shows that hunks of frozen carbon dioxide (or dry ice) could create marks on martian sand dunes by gliding down the slope on cushions of gas. The study could help interpret whether or not certain structures on Mars are formed by flowing
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    You may be unique, but is your home planet? NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has uncovered thousands of planetary candidates, far far beyond our solar system. Some may be habitable and possibly even Earth-like. But now a failure in its steering apparatus may bring an abrupt end
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    Scientists have discovered tiny bubbles of water found in quartz grains in Australia. The bubbles may hold the key to understanding what caused the Earth’s first ice age.
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    New research shows that a key element for life on Earth was delivered to our planet on meteorites. The heavy bombardment of meteorites during the Hadean and Archean eons provided reactive phosphorus that could have been incorporated into prebiotic molecules.
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    Research that sheds light on how Australian opals formed indicates the red dirt in the land Down Under might be similar to the red surface of Mars.
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    Astrobiologists have discovered high concentrations of boron in a martian meteorite. Boron may have played a key role in the formation of RNA, a molecule that could have played an important role in the origin of life.
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    There are many kinds of islands. There’s your iconic sandy speck of land topped with a palm tree, but there’s also our home planet – an island in the vast seas of space. You might think of yourself as a biological island … until you
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    The red dwarf Proxima Centauri is about to make a rare conjunction with two background stars. Observations of the event could determine if Earth-sized worlds orbit our nearest stellar neighbor.
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    Astronomers have imaged a faint object moving near a bright star. The object has an estimated mass of four to five times that of Jupiter, making it the least massive planet directly observed thus far.
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