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How Did Mars Die? NASA's Newest Spacecraft Aims to Find Out

MAVEN will try to decipher the history of Mars' atmosphere and how it was lost.<p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In their infancy, maybe even into their adolescence, Earth and Mars were more alike than they were different. Each rocky world was pockmarked by volcanoes, and waterways carved both surfaces. …

Balzan prizes honour research on ‘spooky action at a distance’ and infectious bacteria

A physicist and a bacteriologist, both French, have claimed two of this year’s Balzan prizes, each worth 750,000 Swiss francs (US$ 800,000), the …

The Week in Plagues: Invasive Cane Toads, A Sand Flea Living in a Scientist's Foot, And More

Here are some links on infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web this week. Have more? Add them in the comments.<p><b>In outbreak news</b><p>The Verge reports on the mystery as to why dengue fever is surfacing in some parts of the US that are home to the mosquito that carries it—<i>Aedes …

Device uses light to split water into clean hydrogen - Futurity

Scientists have developed an inexpensive device that uses light to split water into oxygen and clean-burning hydrogen.

Genetics In The Caribbean Show Marks Of Atlantic Slave Trade

A new study examines how indigenous South Americans, Africans and Europeans all left a little bit of themselves in the Caribbean basin.<p>The Caribbean's complex history has given the area more than diverse languages and delicious food. The indigenous South Americans, Europeans and Africans that came …