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Wanted: Habitable moons

As the Kepler space telescope continues to search for potentially habitable planets, it also may reveal moons that could host life. Three new simulations will help astronomers identify rocky satellites that ...

Jan 06, 2012 5 / 5 (4) 8 | with audio podcast

Seeking a pot of geological gold

Researchers are moving a step closer to solving one of the greatest murder mysteries of all time. It happened roughly 200 million years ago, marking the boundary between the Triassic and Jurassic periods, ...

Dec 16, 2011 5 / 5 (5) 3

SAM I am

The Mars Science Laboratory is on its way to the red planet, and its rover Curiosity should touch down next summer. If the mission hits paydirt and comes across organic material, then one instrument in particular ...

Dec 06, 2011 4 / 5 (1) 0

Pluto's hidden ocean

When NASA's New Horizons cruises by Pluto in 2015, the images it captures could help astronomers determine if an ocean is hiding under the frigid surface, opening the door to new possibilities for liquid water ...

Nov 24, 2011 4.9 / 5 (17) 11 | with audio podcast

The methane habitable zone

In the search for life elsewhere, many studies focus on finding liquid water. But what if life could exist with some other solvent? Saturn’s smoggy moon Titan makes scientists question the possibilities ...

Nov 11, 2011 4.9 / 5 (16) 3 | with audio podcast

In search of virus fossils

Here's a theory for a comedian to consider: dinosaurs done-in by avian flu. Silly as that may be, we imagine that viruses have been infecting organisms since life first appeared on Earth, but this is mostly ...

Oct 19, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

The public debate on climate change

Even after years of scientific research that points to how human activity is causing climate change, pundits, policymakers and the general public are still debating the issue.

Oct 17, 2011 3 / 5 (11) 142

Tracing the canals of Mars

In a remarkable discovery, images taken over the past five years by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which circles Mars to photograph ...

Oct 07, 2011 4.4 / 5 (7) 8 | with audio podcast