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Look at Earth from a Martian perspective

Todd Huffman says we should refrain from sending humans to Mars until it can be determined if Mars has an independent biosphere of its own (Letters, 18 February). This is wrong for two reasons. First, if life of any description is found on Mars, it is virtually certain to be related to life in …

Physical Geography

Mars Express images help decipher the geological history of the Red Planet

New images taken by the ESA’s Mars Express orbiter have provided a fresh look at a region believed to be hiding large volumes of water ice just …

NASA Europa Mission May Search for Signs of Alien Life

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — A potential NASA mission to Jupiter's moon Europa may end up hunting for signs of life on the icy, ocean-harboring world.<p>NASA …

Astronomy

These Before-And-After Shots Show How Quickly The Planet Is Changing

Glaciers shrinking. Seas disappearing. Cities sprawling. NASA combs through its satellite images to give us a stark reality check about how humans are utterly transforming our landscapes.<p>A little over a century after early explorers took the first photographs of Muir Glacier in Alaska, the same …

Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

Portland residents can now generate green electricity simply by turning on their water taps and flushing their toilets. Fast Company reports that the …

Water

Embracing Stone Age Couple Found in Greek Cave

Rare double burials discovered at one of the largest Neolithic burial sites in Europe.<p>Strange and surprising findings have been reported from ongoing excavations at Alepotrypa Cave, a site in the Peloponnesus that one archaeologist called "a Neolithic Pompeii," the Greek Ministry of Culture, …

After 15 years, DSCOVR is headed to deep space to defend against solar storms

After 15 years and multiple delays, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft is on its way to deep space. Launching atop a Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket, DSCOVR leapt off the pad at Space Launch Complex 40 and took to the skies at 6:03PM ET yesterday. The …

Space

SpaceX again scraps second attempt to test pioneering Falcon 9 reusable rocket

SpaceX has called off its planned launch of a deep-space observatory that would have been its latest attempt to land a reusable rocket booster on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean.<p>With just 12 minutes remaining in the countdown at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Tuesday night, wind gusts of 115mph caused …

Space Exploration

Apple goes solar in 'boldest project ever' | DW | 11.02.2015

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told a Goldman Sachs investor conference on Tuesday that the US tech giant was planning to build a 1,300-acre solar …

Tim Cook

The universe is smiling at us

Far away in a distant galaxy, there is a beaming face smiling back at us.<p>Hubble scientists recently discovered this galaxy cluster — massive …

Here's what will happen to Earth when our galaxy collides with the Andromeda Galaxy

An epic war is coming: A gruesome battle between two, gigantic galaxies will be well underway in just a few billion years, and one of the contenders is our home, the Milky Way.<p>Right now, the Andromeda Galaxy is racing toward the Milky Way at a speed of 250,000 mph— fast enough to circle the Earth …

To Kill A Pipeline...Or Two: The Sad Reality Of Obama's Energy Thinking

News that acclaimed American author Harper Lee has a follow-up book to “To Kill a Mockingbird” triggered an energy-focused parallel thought in my mind as it relates to President Obama. His views on the Trans-Alaska pipeline and the Keystone pipeline are nothing more than: “To Kill the …

Report: Don’t Try to Block the Sun to Fix Climate Change

Sure, we can fight the effects of climate change by cleaning the emissions from cars and putting scrubbers on the smokestacks of power plants. But …

Climate Change

Large Hadron Collider Quiz: Are you ready for Run 2?

Photograph: Heinz Pernegger/Atlas<p>Installation of the ATLAS Insertable B-Layer<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/8/1423399230328/27dfd543-54c3-4fa4-afea-2661d5f137b7-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Heinz Pernegger/Atlas<p>Installation of the ATLAS Insertable …

Physics

Unemployed take the ring at Cruft’s dog show: from the archive, 10 February 1939

Demonstration staged because unemployed feel it is not right for dogs to be pampered while two million are out of work<p>Six members of the National Unemployed Workers Movement paraded in the judging ring at Cruft’s Dog Show at the Royal Agricultural Hall last night. A large number of extra police …

The

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Helmets

Nuclear Blasts May Prove Best Marker of Humanity's Geologic Record

When the world-girdling ice came at the end of the Ordovician period roughly 440 million years ago, only a few species of graptolite survived the …

Earth Science

Muslim rule and compass: the magic of Islamic geometric design

Photograph: Eric Broug<p>A screen hand-made from oak, installed in a house in the US.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/8/1423399295457/5103a11f-1eb9-49f2-9277-09ab07dab86c-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Eric Broug<p>A screen hand-made from oak, installed in a house in the US.<p>…

North Africa

Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons Of Messing With Earth's Thermostat

Before anyone tries to cool the Earth with technologies that could counteract global warming, there needs to be a lot more research into the benefits and risks. That's the conclusion announced Tuesday by a scientific panel convened by the prestigious National Research Council to assess "climate …

What 3-Parent Babies Mean For The Future Of Reproductive Medicine

Bespoke embryos raise ethical questions for lawmakers and bioethicists alike<p>Last week members of the British House of Commons passed a bill legalizing mitochondrial DNA transfers--a process that combines three different sets of DNA to create an embryo. That means one day, it could be possible for …

New Technology Critical to Future of Offshore Wind Energy

Germany’s Siemens has handed over the first of a total of five commissioned North Sea grid connections, the BorWin2 offshore platform, to its …

Nasa twins to embark on year-long space experiment

Scott Kelly has found an unusual way to maintain a youthful advantage over his twin brother Mark. Next month, he will blast off on a year-long mission on board the International Space Station, a journey that will have one unintended consequence. During his 12 months in space, Scott will age less …

Space Science

Corn Remains King in USDA Irrigation Survey

Changing Planet<p><i>By Brooke Barton</i><br>Senior Program <i>Director, Water Program, Ceres</i><p>It’s no secret that our agricultural industry is very thirsty, gobbling up 80 percent of the freshwater that America consumes each year. It takes a lot of water to feed the nation, and every five years we get an accounting …

What a Happy Cell Looks Like

A growing field of research is examining how life satisfaction may affect cellular functioning and DNA.<p>“What is the truest form of human happiness?” Steven Cole asks.<p>It’s a question he’s been considering for most of his career—but Cole is a genomics researcher, not a philosopher. To him, this …

One Of The World’s Largest Solar Energy Farms Is Now Open In California

The largest solar farm on American federal public land was dedicated on Monday in California’s Riverside County desert, a project the state hopes …

Seafloor Eruptions Triggered by Tides, Ice Ages

New research shows that volcanoes on mid-ocean ridges are surprisingly sensitive to changes in sea level.<p>Earth’s seafloor is born in fiery eruptions along volcanic mid-ocean ridges. According to a new study published this week in <i>Geophysical Research Letters,</i> those volcanoes are surprisingly …

Is Solar The Next Shale?

Will solar power transform electricity markets as significantly as shale transformed oil and gas?<p>That is the question posed in a new study by Wood MacKenzie, an international energy research and consulting company.<p>“Just as shale extraction reconfigured oil and gas, no other technology is closer to …

Fossil Fuels

Beautiful wind turbine trees generate clean energy in urban environments

Often, one of the major complaints about clean energy installations is that they're eye sores. Large wind turbines or solar arrays are considered …