Shashin Patel

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A Professional Lab Inside A Lake

Ecosystems in 66-foot-tall test tubes<p>The outdoors is a horribly inconsistent place to do science. That’s why many ecologists work in laboratories, where they can exactly replicate an experiment many times over, although with the understanding that their results may not fully reflect what would …

India launches Mars mission in giant leap for super cheap space exploration

India has launched its first mission to Mars on Tuesday in what its leaders hope will be a giant leap forward for super cheap space exploration<p>Scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched their Mars Orbiter Mission on Tuesday, amid celebrations at mission control.<p>As …

Two billion planets in our galaxy may be suitable for life

Our galaxy probably contains at least two billion planets that, like Earth, have liquid water on their surfaces and orbit around their parent stars in the "habitable zone" for life. The nearest, according to astronomers, could be a mere 12 light years away.<p>A new study, published on Monday in the …

Dark matter stays hidden as detector fails to see a single particle

The world's most advanced instrument for detecting dark matter – the invisible substance thought to account for most of the matter in the universe – has ended its first three months of service without catching a hint of the stuff.<p>Sat a mile underground in a defunct gold mine in South Dakota, the …

Astronauts share thoughts on living and working in space

Soyuz and rocket rolled

Best space images of the month

Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured during a memorable month in space – from bold new ventures to a galaxy far, far away.

Why India's Mars Mission Is So Much Cheaper Than NASA's

Former NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin pioneered a "faster, better, cheaper" approach to America's space program, but he would have been hard-pressed to deliver a Mars mission for the bargain-basement price of India's first probe to the red planet, which blasted off Tuesday.<p>"India's Mars mission, …