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What Does Space Smell Like?

Man, that comet really reeks<p>The final frontier smells a lot like a Nascar race—a bouquet of hot metal, diesel fumes and barbecue. The source? Dying stars, mostly.<p>The by-products of all this rampant combustion are smelly compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These molecules "seem to be …

Smile! Nasa to attempt long-distance portrait of Earth from Saturn | Stuart Clark

It may sound like a terrible sequel to The Day the Earth Stood Still, but The Day the Earth Smiled is an attempt to take a new picture of our home …

Link between stars’ ages and their orbits

Astronomers have determined the orbital motion of two distinct populations of stars in an ancient globular star cluster, offering proof they formed …

When eyes don't recycle, vision suffers - Futurity

WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS (US) — Good vision depends, at least in part, on …

Why boredom could be deadly on the long trip to Mars

Forget the deadly radiation, a seven-month trip to Mars is going to be very very boring. At least that's what worrying researchers in the NASA-funded Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project. According to the <i>New York Times</i>, boredom's effect on human brain activity is largely …

Curiosity rover finds evidence Mars lost its atmosphere 4bn years ago

A mysterious, catastrophic event tore away the atmosphere of Mars, according to the first detailed analysis of the make-up of the air on the Red …

Do two suns make planets more suitable for life?

The answer could change estimates of the number of planets harboring life in our galaxy and help select future targets in the search for life.<p>An …

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FYI: If A Mosquito Bites Me After I’ve Had A Beer, Can It Get Drunk?

B-b-b-buzzz<p>Shockingly, no major studies have been conducted on this topic. "The implications are, however, profound," says Michael Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland. "Reckless flying, passing out in frosty beer mugs, hitting on crane flies instead of mosquito babes. Frightening!" …