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Aug. 10, 2012

With ‘Terror’ in the Past, Mars Scientists Plan for Exploration Ahead

Mars Science Laboratory project scientist John Grotzinger describes plans for the Curiosity rover, now in Gale Crater on Mars.

mars, martian, curiosity, planetary science, mars science laboratory, seti, alien life

Sep. 14, 2012

Mars Rover May Be Contaminated with Earth Microbes

If microbial stowaways did hitch a ride to Mars, how will Curiosity's mission be affected?

mars rover, curiosity rover, martian, life, contaminated drill, bacteria, astrobiology, water, search for life on mars, nasa, jpl

Aug. 10, 2012

Martian Lab Made in Manhattan

What’s it like to build tools for Curiosity? Intense.

mars, martian, robotics, curiosity rover, mars science laboratory

Aug. 05, 2011

Scientists Spot Signs of Salty Water on Mars

Are temporary streaks on Martian hillsides a sign of salty water?

mars, water, planet, space

Jul. 01, 2011

Is Settling Mars Inevitable, Or An Impossibility?

In The Case for Mars, Robert Zubrin argues that humans should colonize the Red Planet.

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Tar Noir: Paleoforensics at the La Brea Tar Pits

\tThe La Brea Tar Pits are  world-renowned fossil sites for good reason—they're the mass graves of thousands of Ice Age creatures, each with a story to tell. Researchers at the nearby Page Museum clean the asphalt from the fossil remains, and using paleoforensics, recount the grim details of their deaths. In the process, clues emerge about what life was like in prehistoric Los Angeles.

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