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Saturnian moon may have deep-ocean vents that harbor life

In 2005, the unmanned Cassini orbiter first saw signs of the wispy plumes flowing from the unusually warm south polar regions of Enceladus. The …

Astronomy

Earth - Tardigrades return from the dead

If you go into outer space without protection, you'll die.<p>The lack of pressure would force the air in your lungs to rush out. Gases dissolved in your body fluids would expand, pushing the skin apart and forcing it to inflate like a balloon. Your eardrums and capillaries would rupture, and your …

Biology

Enceladus’ Ice-Covered Sea Gets Warm Enough for Life, Scientists Say

Two studies suggest that a moon of Saturn called Enceladus has active hydrothermal vents at the bottom of an ice-covered sea — and that the heat from those vents warms the sea to a temperature that could sustain earthly life.<p>The studies add to Enceladus' appeal as a prime place to look for life …

Astronomy

Dazzling Photo Shows the Destructive Birth of Stars

Author: Marcus Woo. Marcus Woo Science<p>Date of Publication: 03.11.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>Four thousand light years from Earth, in the …

Billionaire Teams Up With NASA to Mine the Moon

Moon Express, a Mountain View, California-based company that's aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year, just took another step closer toward that lofty goal. Earlier this year, it became the first company to successfully test a prototype of a lunar lander at the …

Space Exploration

What's the Universe Made Of? Math, Says Scientist

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Scientists have long used mathematics to describe the physical properties of the universe. But what if the universe itself is math? …

Mathematics

Mapping the Earth's Tectonic Plates

The <b>Motion of Tectonic Plates</b> provides a great introduction to the subject of the Earth's outer crust. This Story Map explores the forces that cause …

Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects

Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses. An estimated 18 million acres (7.3 million …

Ecology