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More evidence of water on Mars

Mon, 18 Sep 17 00:13:40 -0700

River deposits exist across the surface of Mars and record a surface environment from over 3.5 billion years ago that was able to support liquid water at the surface. A region of Mars named Aeolis Dorsa contains some of the most spectacular and densely packed river deposits seen on Mars.

NASA's one-year mission investigates how space affects astronauts' functional performance

Thu, 14 Sep 17 00:01:50 -0700

Adapting to the microgravity environment of space changes the way your brain interprets sensory signals, decreases muscle strength and alters cardiovascular function. Astronauts will need to overcome these changes to perform critical mission tasks on a journey to Mars. Comparing One-Year Mission preliminary results to six-month data yielded similar findings. Tasks that challenged postural stability, or balance control systems, changed the most as a result of spaceflight.

New gravity map suggests Mars has a porous crust

Wed, 13 Sep 17 00:15:50 -0700

NASA scientists have found evidence that Mars' crust is not as dense as previously thought, a clue that could help researchers better understand the Red Planet's interior structure and evolution.

NASA-funded research at USC provides evidence of ground-ice on asteroids

Tue, 12 Sep 17 00:01:30 -0700

Research at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has revealed new evidence for the occurrence of ground ice on the protoplanet Vesta.

Are we being watched? Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth

Fri, 08 Sep 17 00:13:10 -0700

A group of scientists from Queen's University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have turned exoplanet-hunting on its head, in a study that instead looks at how an alien observer might be able to detect Earth using our own methods. They find that at least nine exoplanets are ideally placed to observe transits of Earth, in a new work published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Climate change for aliens

Thu, 07 Sep 17 00:00:10 -0700

For more than 50 years, the Kardashev scale has been the gold standard for classifying hypothetical 'exo-civilizations' by their ability to harness energy. A team of researchers led by Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank have devised a new system that takes into account the impacts of that energy use.

Earth as hybrid planet: New classification places Anthropocene era in astrobiological context

Wed, 06 Sep 17 00:00:50 -0700

A team of researchers including the University of Washington's Marina Alberti has devised a new classification scheme for the evolutionary stages of worlds based on 'non-equilibrium thermodynamics' -- a planet's energy flow being out of synch, as the presence of life could cause. Lead author is Adam Frank of the University of Rochester.

Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability

Tue, 05 Sep 17 00:10:20 -0700

The discovery of boron on Mars gives scientists more clues about whether life could have ever existed on the planet, according to a paper published today in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

New mini tool has massive implications

Tue, 29 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0700

Researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of a tool now capable of analyzing Mars' atmosphere -- and that's just one of its myriad possible uses.

New use of blood cleaning device saves high-risk patients with liver failure

Wed, 23 Aug 17 00:13:30 -0700

University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought.

This week from AGU: New research bolsters evidence for life on Mars

Wed, 23 Aug 17 00:10:20 -0700

This Week from AGU features recent research published in journals of the American Geophysical Union.

Turning human waste into plastic, nutrients could aid long-distance space travel (video)
Imagine you're on your way to Mars, and you lose a crucial tool during a spacewalk. Not to worry, you'll simply re-enter your spacecraft and use some microorganisms to convert your urine and exhaled carbon dioxide into chemicals to make a new tool. That's one goal of scientists developing ways to make long space trips feasible. The researchers will present their results today at the 254th National Meeting