News Briefs

  • The Search for Distant Earths
    Imagine trying to see an ant crawling across the headlight of a car miles away. That is the magnitude of the task facing astronomers as they search for small, rocky Earth-like planets around other stars - planets that might harbor life
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  • NASA Scientist Finds Some Meteorites Not Sugar-free
    A discovery by a NASA scientist of sugar and several related organic compounds in two carbonaceous meteorites provides the first evidence that another fundamental building block of life on Earth may have come from outer space.
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  • The Tagish Lake Meteorite
    A scientific consortium of 4 universities and NASA is now trying to uncover the debris and sample the early solar system's unique chemistry.
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  • Earth from Afar: A Tiny Flickering Dot
    With over 70 planets identified around distant stars, astronomers are now looking for ways to classify which ones are most like Earth -- that is to say, the ones most likely with biological potential.
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  • Do We Know What Killed the Dinosaurs?
    What killed the dinosaurs? Many geologists and paleontologists now think that a large asteroid or comet impacting the Earth must have caused a global catastrophe that led to this extensive loss of life.
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  • Pregnancy Test for Mars
    The test that tells women they are pregnant might also be able to find signs of living organisms on Mars.
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  • Extrasolar Planets with Earth-like Orbits
    Scientists are discovering extrasolar planets with Earth-like orbits. Could it be possible for Earth-like orbiting planets to harbor life just like Earth?
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  • Study Doubles Number of Potential Earth-Like Planets
    The standard model for the formation of rocky planets like Earth appears to be on solid ground even when applied to systems in which two stars orbit each other, according to a new study.
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  • Rare Canadian Meteorite Tagged as First of Its Kind Found on Earth
    In a triumph for space geology, a team of scientists said they found a rare meteorite, it's the first of its kind to be found on Earth -- a dark and rare type called a D asteroid.
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  • Finding Distant Worlds
    We know that there are at least 75 planets outside our own solar system, orbiting their distant stars. Although we have never seen any of these planets with our own eyes, several different techniques exist to detect these extrasolar planets.
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