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In the eye of the beholder

Astrobiologists are developing 'intelligent' instruments that could help future robotic explorers make their own decisions about where and how to collect data. Although focused on Mars exploration for the ...

Jan 24, 2014 4.6 / 5 (5) 0 | with audio podcast

Lichen on Mars

Humans cannot hope to survive life on Mars without plenty of protection from the surface radiation, freezing night temperatures and dust storms on the red planet. So they could be excused for marveling at ...

Jan 17, 2014 4.8 / 5 (52) 29 | with audio podcast

How abundant are Super-Earths?

Our solar system hosts a cornucopia of worlds, from the hellfire of Venus to the frozen plains of Mars to the mighty winds of Uranus. In that range, the Earth stands alone, with no planet coming close to ...

Dec 03, 2013 4 / 5 (10) 3 | with audio podcast

Astro-virology

In HG Wells' 'The War of the Worlds', the invading Martians were beaten by that most unassuming of combatants – the common cold. Could the reverse happen and alien viruses pose a threat to human astronauts ...

Nov 29, 2013 4.4 / 5 (8) 1 | with audio podcast