Jerry Rodriguez

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Life From Mars

Could life on Earth have been seeded by Martian life forms hitching a ride on a meteorite? Chemist Steven Benner says that crucial elements for the precursors of organisms on our planet would have only been available on Mars three billion years ago. Benner and planetary scientist Christopher McKay …

Cells that fight invaders can turn against us - Futurity

A safety mechanism in the immune system could malfunction in people with autoimmune diseases like …

Autoimmune Diseases

NASA successfully launches lunar mission to investigate mysterious glowing moondust

<b>Update:</b> The LADEE spacecraft successfully blasted off last night, creating a fireball that could be seen down much of the Eastern Seaboard. You can watch NASA's launch video below, or look through a set of photos submitted by enthusiasts from Virginia to Massachusetts.<p><b>Original:</b> A new NASA …

The weird world of the incredibly small – in pictures

This month's collection of postcards from the nanoworld includes bleached hair, a component from a quantum computer, a fleck of Victorian paint and one of the creatures that helped build the White Cliffs of Dover

Video: Can you trust your eyes?

New video from asapSCIENCE. Some Friday fun with optical illusions!<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral …

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A Skull Made Of Cocaine And Other Amazing Images From This Week

What Happens When You Make Someone God Of A Video Game?

"Milkshake party, clearly."<p>Late last year, gamers started chipping away at a digital cube. The creator of this cube, designer Peter Molyneux, promised a "life-changing" gift to the person who chipped away the last piece. Come May, a normal-seeming dude named Bryan did indeed remove the last piece, …

APOD: Night in the Andes Ice Forest (2013 Sep 07) Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi (TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130907.html Explanation: This forest of snow and ice penitentes reflects moonlight shinning across the Chajnantor plateau. The region lies in the Chilean Andes at an altitude of 5,000 meters, not far from one of planet Earth's major astronomical observatories, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. Up to several meters high, the flattened, sharp-edged shapes, and orientation of the penitentes tend to minimize their shadows at local noon. In the dry, cold, thin atmosphere, sublimation driven by sunlight is important for their formation. A direct transition from a solid to a gaseous state, sublimation is a process that also occurs on the icy surfaces of comets. Above the eerie landscape stretches the southern night sky. Their own forms rooted in myth, look for the constellations Pegasus, Andromeda, and Perseus near the panorama's left edge. Bright and colorful stars of Orion the Hunter are near center, with the Large Magellanic Cloud and the South Celestial Pole on the far right. http://twanight.org/tafreshi Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130907 #APOD

Hook Me Up To This Impractical Virtual Reality Suit Right Now

Explore a castle from the safety of your very own castle, probably.<p>The Oculus Rift is one of the most immersive gadgets we've ever seen--just strap the glasses onto your face and you're transported to a virtual world. But if that's somehow not enough, you can help fund PrioVR, a set of sensors that …

Syria crisis: No clear winner in Russia-US G20 duel

<b>Both sides have claimed victory in this G20 gladiatorial contest over Syria, but identifying who is on which team is not straightforward.</b><p>So who backed Russia and who backed the United States?<p>According to President Vladimir Putin, the outcome was not a 50/50 split, but a balance of opinion in …

Geopolitics

A Skull Made Of Cocaine And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Did Life on Earth Come From Mars?

Two scientists present new data on great cosmic questions.<p><b>Did life begin on Mars and then travel to Earth for its blossoming?</b><p><b>A long-debated and often-dismissed theory known as "panspermia" got new life in the past week, as two scientists separately proposed that early Earth lacked some chemicals</b> …

9 Trippy Photos Of Soap Film

Duuuuuuuude<p>All these psychedelic colors don't look too impressive in the bottle. That's because they come from a film of soap, which Pennsylvanian Linden Gledhill made with a machine and then photographed.<p>The colors come entirely from the interference of light that enters the soap film and then …