Erik Asphaug

Mar. 29, 2013

How Cosmic Collisions Have Shaped Our Solar System

Some of our solar system's landmarks can trace their origins to massive impacts.

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Oct. 19, 2012

Scientists in the Dark Over Birth of the Moon

Two new studies present very different ideas about how the Moon was formed -- a riddle that one scientist says may never be solved.

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Aug. 05, 2011

Are The Moon’s Highlands Due to A Cosmic Collision?

Planetary Scientist Erik Asphaug describes the evidence for an ancient lunar collision.

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\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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