Jonathan Lunine

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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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Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks

\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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