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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

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

Eyeball earths

Alien worlds resembling giant eyeballs might exist around red dwarf stars, and researchers are now proposing experiments to simulate these distant planets and see how capable they are of supporting life.

May 03, 2013 4.7 / 5 (7) 4

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

The importance of plumes

The Hubble Space Telescope is famous for finding black holes. It can pick out thousands of galaxies in a patch of sky the size of a thumbprint. The most powerful space telescope ever built, the Hubble provided ...

Apr 18, 2014 4.6 / 5 (7) 0

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