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Reverence for the heavens

For some, the contemplation of the cosmos is a religious experience. Vatican astronomers say this can lead to profound insights about ourselves and the nature of the universe.

Jan 14, 2011 2.9 / 5 (15) 28

Planet affects a star's spin

The discovery of a hot Jupiter exoplanet that transfers orbital momentum to its host star may hold the key to a clearer understanding of the evolution of common planetary systems, according to findings presented ...

Jan 13, 2011 4.3 / 5 (6) 4 | with audio podcast

The day the algae died

The P-T mass extinction may have been instigated by populations of algae dying. According to one group of scientists, this die-off of large numbers of relatively simple life forms caused a crash in the ocean's ...

Dec 14, 2010 4.1 / 5 (13) 8 | with audio podcast

The three ages of Mars

There is no place on Earth that is a perfect copycat of Mars as it is now, or as it was at any specific point in the past. But scientists suggest Earth has little versions of Mars as it might have been over ...

Dec 10, 2010 4.6 / 5 (7) 1 | with audio podcast

Drilling in the name of science

Students in Robert Palassou's fifth-grade class at Valley View School got an unusual treat last month when scientists from NASA’s Ames Research Center visited their Pleasanton, California, classroom and ...

Dec 07, 2010 1 / 5 (1) 0

Breaking Antarctica's ice

Over the course of the past decade, NASA spacecraft have identified several sites on Mars where conditions capable of supporting life existed in the past. One of the most promising of these sites, and a good ...

Nov 16, 2010 4.7 / 5 (9) 1 | with audio podcast

Searching for life on Mars

The first and only attempts to search for life on Mars were the Viking missions launched in 1975. Now scientists are suggesting the next decade of robotic probes sent to the red planet should make the search ...

Nov 11, 2010 4.9 / 5 (12) 11 | with audio podcast