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Spectacular Mars images reveal evidence of ancient lakes
Spectacular satellite images suggest that Mars was warm enough to sustain lakes three billion years ago, a period that was previously thought to be too cold and arid to sustain water on the surface, according to research published today in the journal Geology. (2010-01-04)

Eileen Friel, Lowell Observatory director, named AAAS Fellow
Eileen Friel, Lowell Observatory director, was selected as one of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows. (2009-12-18)

Superior offspring without genetic modification
We don't always turn out like our parents. Sometimes we become even better. How this happens is the subject of a new research project at the University of Gothenburg. (2009-12-08)

Life on Mars theory boosted by new methane study
Scientists have ruled out the possibility that methane is delivered to Mars by meteorites, raising fresh hopes that the gas might be generated by life on the red planet, in research published tomorrow in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. (2009-12-08)

New company enters growing brain fitness market
One of the world's leading cognitive science institutes announced today it has created a new company with MaRS, Canada's premiere innovation center, to develop and market brain fitness products to help adults extend their memory and cognitive abilities longer in the lifespan. (2009-12-02)

New computer-developed map shows more extensive valley network on Mars
In a newly published study, scientists used an innovative computer program to produce a more detailed global map of Mars' valley networks. It shows the networks are much more extensive than had been previously depicted. Regions that are most densely dissected by the valley networks roughly form a belt around the planet, consistent with a past climate scenario that included precipitation and the presence of an ocean covering a large portion of Mars' northern hemisphere. (2009-11-23)

Texas A&M prof to predict weather on Mars
Is there such a thing as (2009-11-04)

Exploring the final frontier: Disease proposed as major barrier to Mars and beyond
A new report appearing in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology argues that human missions to Mars, as well as all other long-term space flights might be compromised by microbial hitchhikers, such as bacteria. That's because long-term space travel packs a one-two punch to astronauts: first it appears to weaken their immune systems; and second, it increases the virulence and growth of microbes. (2009-10-29)

New concept may enhance Earth-Mars communication
Direct communication between Earth and Mars can be strongly disturbed and even blocked by the Sun for weeks at a time, cutting off any future human mission to the Red Planet. An ESA engineer working with engineers in the UK may have found a solution using a new type of orbit combined with continuous-thrust ion propulsion. (2009-10-16)

New aluminum-water rocket propellant promising for future space missions
Researchers are developing a new type of rocket propellant made of a frozen mixture of water and (2009-10-07)

Laser technique has implications for detecting microbial life forms in Martian ice
An innovative technique called L.I.F.E. imaging used successfully to detect bacteria in frozen Antarctic lakes could have exciting implications for demonstrating signs of life in the polar regions of Mars, according to an article published in the current issue of Astrobiology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. (2009-10-01)

Delaware State U. receives $5 million NASA grant for optics research
Delaware State University has been awarded a $5 million research grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to establish a NASA-URC Center for Applied Optics for Space Science. It will foster new NASA-related developments based on optical sciences and technology and enhance the national aerospace science and technology workforce. The new center will develop partnerships with industry, NASA research centers, federal labs, and minority and nonminority-serving colleges and universities. (2009-09-30)

Scientists see water ice in fresh meteorite craters on Mars
Scientists are seeing sub-surface water ice that may be 99 percent pure halfway between the north pole and the equator on Mars, thanks to quick-turnaround observations from orbit of fresh meteorite impact craters on the planet. (2009-09-24)

Key process for space outpost proved on 'vomit comet' ride
During flights simulating the moon's low gravity, Case Western Reserve University researchers find that sifters can separate soil particles and produce the best feedstock for an oxygen generator. NASA and Case Western Reserve scientists are designing and testing components of the generator, which would provide oxygen needed for a lunar or Martian outpost. (2009-09-24)

Brown scientists announce finding of water on the moon
Brown University scientists have made a major discovery: the moon has distinct signatures of water. The discovery came from a paper published in Science detailing findings from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3), a NASA instrument aboard the Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-1. Carle Pieters, professor of geological sciences at Brown, is the principal investigator of the M3 instrument and the lead author of the Science paper. (2009-09-23)

Space-related radiation research could help reduce fractures in cancer survivors
A research project looking for ways to reduce bone loss in astronauts may yield methods of improving the bone health of cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment. The scientists are seeking to understand radiation-induced bone loss and to determine which treatments can be used to reduce that loss and lower the risk of fractures. The results could be beneficial to cancer patients, especially those who receive radiation therapy in the pelvic region. (2009-09-15)

New robot travels across the seafloor to monitor the impact of climate change on deep-sea ecosystems
Like the robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which wheeled tirelessly across the dusty surface of Mars, a new robot spent most of July traveling across the muddy ocean bottom, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) off the California coast. This robot, the Benthic Rover, has been providing scientists with an entirely new view of life on the deep seafloor. It will also give scientists a way to document the effects of climate change on the deep sea. (2009-09-09)

Mars, methane and mysteries
Mars may not be as dormant as scientists once thought. The 2004 discovery of methane means that either there is life on Mars, or that volcanic activity continues to generate heat below the martian surface. ESA plans to find out which it is. Either outcome is big news for a planet once thought to be biologically and geologically inactive. (2009-08-10)

Unveiling the true face of a gigantic star
High-resolution observations of the star Betelgeuse show for the first time the violent gas movements on its surface. (2009-08-07)

Caltech, JPL scientists say that microbial mats built 3.4-billion-year-old stromatolites
Stromatolites are dome- or column-like sedimentary rock structures that are formed in shallow water, layer by layer, over long periods of geologic time. Now, researchers from the California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have provided evidence that some of the most ancient stromatolites on our planet were built with the help of communities of equally ancient microorganisms. (2009-07-16)

The minerals on Mars influence the measuring of its temperature
A team of researchers from the CSIC-INTA Astrobiology Centre in Madrid has confirmed that the type of mineralogical composition on the surface of Mars influences the measuring of its temperature. The study is published this week in the Journal of Environmental Monitoring and will be used to interpret the data from the soil temperature sensor of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory vehicle, whose launch is envisaged for 2011. (2009-07-14)

105-day Mars simulation: US studies focus on improving work performance
For 105 days, a six-man crew called an isolation chamber in Moscow their home. The crew simulated a Mars mission full of experiments and realistic mission scenarios. US participation consisted of three research teams with experiments evaluating solutions to conditions that impact work performance: lighting interventions to counter shift-work sleep loss, tests measuring the impact of stress and fatigue on performance, and assessing interactions between crew members and mission control. (2009-07-13)

Volcanic activity on Mars could offer clues to planet's history
The study of three of the oldest and most explosive volcanoes on Mars could provide insights into the planet's history, especially implications for water sources. (2009-07-12)

Is molecular adsorbent recirculating system effective for all the liver failure patients?
A research group from Finland investigated prognostic factors for survival in patients with liver failure treated with adsorbent recirculating system. The results implied that the etiology of liver diseases was the most important prognostic factor. Adsorbent recirculating system treatment seemed to be ineffective in acute-on-chronic liver failure with end-stage cirrhosis without liver transplantation option. (2009-07-07)

Mars data published in Science this week
Four papers in the journal Science this week offer new details about the history of water on Mars, gleaned from the 2008 NASA Phoenix Mars Mission that was operated from the University of Arizona. (2009-07-02)

Many characteristics of Mars, including ice, are similar to Earth, paper says
Mars gets as far as 250 million miles away, but many parts of it closely resemble places on Earth, including its landscape, history of water, soil and even its weather, says a Texas A&M University researcher in the current issue of Science magazine. (2009-07-02)

New instrument has potential to detect water deep underground on Mars
With the whoosh of compressed gas and the whir of unspooling wire, a team of Boulder scientists and engineers tested a new instrument prototype that might be used to detect groundwater deep inside Mars. (2009-06-24)

Better looks at Mars minerals for ASU instrument on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter
A new orbit at an earlier time of day is increasing the sensitivity and efficiency of ASU's THEMIS multiband camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft. (2009-06-22)

Science fiction turns into reality
It might be a long elevator ride, but sometime in the near future astronauts might be able to grab a ride for future space exploration. In his new book, (2009-06-19)

University of Colorado team finds definitive evidence for ancient lake on Mars
A University of Colorado at Boulder research team has discovered the first definitive evidence of shorelines on Mars, an indication of a deep, ancient lake there and a finding with implications for the discovery of past life on the Red Planet. (2009-06-17)

OSU researchers win NASA grant, will develop instrument for Mars exploration
Dr. Regina DeWitt, an assistant research professor in the department of physics, has received a $496,000 grant from NASA. The two-year award funds further development of a miniature optical dating instrument (ODIN), which can be used for dating the surface of Mars. DeWitt will partner with ICx Nomadics, an international sensor development company, on the project. Dr. Stephen McKeever, OSU's vice president for research and technology transfer, is also a co-investigator on the project. (2009-06-11)

New definition could further limit habitable zones around distant suns
New calculations indicate that, in nearby star systems, tidal forces exerted on planets by their parent star's gravity could limit what is regarded as a star's habitable zone and change the criteria for planets where life could potentially take root. (2009-06-10)

Mars mission could ease Earth's energy supply crisis
Techniques and instrumentation initially developed for ExoMars -- Europe's next robotic mission to Mars in 2016 -- but now due to fly on a NASA mission in 2018, could also provide the answers to the globally pressing issue of energy supply. (2009-06-09)

New cleaning protocol for future 'search for life' missions
Scientists have developed a new cleaning protocol for space hardware, such as the scoops of Mars rovers, which could be used on future (2009-06-08)

Magnetic tornadoes could liberate Mercury's tenuous atmosphere
Mercury is scorching hot, with daytime temperatures of more than 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Its hard for the planet to hold on to its atmosphere, which is extremely thin, and invisible to the human eye. However, it can be seen by special instruments attached to telescopes and spacecraft like MESSENGER. (2009-06-02)

Meteorite bombardment may have made Earth more habitable, says study
Large bombardments of meteorites approximately four billion years ago could have helped to make the early Earth and Mars more habitable for life by modifying their atmospheres, suggests the results of a paper published today in the journal Geochimica et Cosmochima Acta. (2009-06-01)

Windy, wet and wild: Victoria Crater unveils more of Mars' geologic past
After thoroughly investigating Victoria Crater on Mars for two years, the instruments aboard the Rover Opportunity reveal more evidence of our neighboring red planet's windy, wet and wild past. (2009-05-21)

Asteroid attack 3.9 billion years ago may have enhanced early life on Earth, says CU-Boulder study
The bombardment of Earth nearly 4 billion years ago by asteroids as large as Kansas would not have had the firepower to extinguish potential early life on the planet and may even have given it a boost, says a new University of Colorado at Boulder study. (2009-05-20)

ALMA telescope passes major milestone with successful antenna link
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, an immense international telescope project under construction in northern Chile, reached a major milestone on April 30, when two ALMA antennas were linked together as an integrated system to observe an astronomical object for the first time. (2009-05-06)

Comparing Mars to Earth: Catastrophe and history
This GSA Special Paper focuses on the catastrophic events that have influenced both Mars and Earth and is part of the ongoing search for the correct balance between catastrophic and uniformitarian processes. The book aims to (2009-05-01)

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