New synchrotron X-ray technique could see hidden building blocks of life
Scientists from Finland and France have developed a new synchrotron X-ray technique that may revolutionize the chemical analysis of rare materials like meteoric rock samples or fossils. The results have been ...
Curiosity rover: No big surprise in first soil test
(Phys.org)—NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. Water and sulfur and chlorine-containing ...
Scientists see red on NASA cuts of Mars missions
NASA said Monday it's not giving up on Mars, but it'll have to get there later and at a lower price.
New study suggests Earth's lower mantle penetrated by metallic blobs
Russian researcher claims to have found rocks from object that caused Tunguska explosion
NASA's next Mars rover will advance hunt for past life
The next robotic rover to explore Mars in 2020 should scour the surface of the red planet more closely than ever for signs of past life, a NASA science team said Tuesday.
Improved simulation methods help scientists bolster theories of Moon's formation
(Phys.org)—There are still unanswered questions regarding how the Moon was formed. Improved simulation methods and higher-performance supercomputers have now paved the way for an alternative development ...
Scientist's Award Allows Her To Probe the Earth's Mantle
(PhysOrg.com) -- Sandwiched between the liquid iron outer core and the thin rocky crust we live on, the Earth's mantle is more than 1,800 miles thick, and comprises more than three-quarters of the planet's volume and nearly ...
Curiosity inspects 'shaler' outcrop on descent to Yellowknife Bay drill target—2D/3D
NASA's Curiosity rover is on the final steps of her descent into a geologist's paradise at an area called 'Yellowknife Bay'.
Melvin Calvin's moon dust rediscovered at Berkeley Lab
(Phys.org) —When Apollo 11 returned from its historic flight in 1969, the moon rocks and lunar soil collected by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin eventually found their way to some 150 laboratories worldwide. ...
Mimicking the moon's surface in the basement
(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of scientists used an ion beam in a basement room at Los Alamos National Laboratory to simulate solar winds on the surface of the Moon. The table-top simulation helped confirm that ...
NASA sting terrifies woman, 74
(AP) -- The elaborate mission to recover a moon rock led NASA agents to one of the most down-to-earth places: a Denny's restaurant in Riverside County.
Latvian experts say meteorite crater was hoax (Update)
(AP) -- Scientists investigating a large crater initially believed to have been caused by a meteorite said a closer analysis Monday revealed it was a hoax.
Young graphite, old rocks: looking for evidence of earliest life
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have long debated about the origin of carbon in Earths oldest sedimentary rocks and how it might signal the remnants of the earliest forms of life on the planet. New research ...