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Is NASA Ready to Make the Leap to a Manned Mission to Mars?

What technologies, budget, and partners would NASA needed for a successful manned mission to Mars?

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Jun. 11, 2010

Titan's Chemistry and the Search for Life

Two recent papers involving the amounts of certain hydrocarbons on Saturn's moon Titan had some media outlets abuzz with talk of extraterrestrial life. We'll talk about what the researchers actually observed, and what it might mean.

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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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