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Jun. 13, 2014

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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How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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