Archive: 07/31/2008

Phoenix Mars Lander Confirms Martian Water

(PhysOrg.com) -- Laboratory tests aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander have identified water in a soil sample. The lander's robotic arm delivered the sample Wednesday to an instrument that identifies vapors produced ...

Jul 31, 2008
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Olympic Games: Have we reached a plateau in terms of speed?

The world-record pace for the marathon continues to improve for both men and women. For men, the record pace for the marathon is now about as fast as the record pace for the 10,000-meter run just after World War II. Today, ...

Jul 31, 2008
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In lean times, flies can't survive without their sense of smell

It's not just bomb-sniffing dogs; animals everywhere rely on their sense of smell. Now, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Rockefeller University researchers show just how important olfaction is, proving that fruit flies ...

Jul 31, 2008
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Microbe diet key to carbon dioxide release

As microbes in the soil break down fallen plant matter, a diet "balanced" in nutrients appears to help control soil fertility and the normal release of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Jul 31, 2008
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