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NASA Goddard instrument makes first detection of organic matter on Mars

The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars SAM instrument suite on NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules at Mars Organic molecules are the building blocks of all ... - Read More

Earth's most abundant mineral finally has a name

An ancient meteorite and high energy X rays have helped scientists conclude a half century of effort to find identify and characterize a mineral that makes up 38 percent of the Earth And in doing ... - Read More

NASA study shows 13-year record of drying Amazon caused vegetation declines

A 13 year decline in vegetation in the eastern and southeastern Amazon has been linked to a decade long rainfall decline in the region a new NASA funded study finds With global climate models projecting ... - Read More

NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrives at launch pad, hoisted onto rocket ahead of its first spaceflight

NASA's new Orion spacecraft now is at its launch pad after completing its penultimate journey in the early hours Wednesday It arrived at Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida ... - Read More

Synthetic biology for space exploration

Does synthetic biology hold the key to manned space exploration of the Moon and Mars Berkeley Lab researchers have used synthetic biology to produce an inexpensive and reliable microbial based alternative to the world's most ... - Read More

Better bomb-sniffing technology

University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives deadly gases and illegal drugs A carbon nanotube is ... - Read More

Goldilocks principle wrong for particle assembly: Too hot and too cold is just right

Microscopic particles that bind under low temperatures will melt as temperatures rise to moderate levels but re connect under hotter conditions a team of New York University scientists has found Their discovery points to new ... - Read More

Antarctic sea ice reaches new record maximum

Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long term satellite record to map sea ice extent in ... - Read More

Making oxygen before life: Oxygen can form directly from carbon dioxide in upper atmosphere

About one fifth of Earth's atmosphere is oxygen pumped out by green plants as a result of photosynthesis and used by most living things on the planet to keep our metabolisms running But before the ... - Read More

New NASA probe will study Earth's forests in 3-D

A laser based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3 D view of Earth's forests helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle Called ... - Read More

NASA launches carbon mission to watch Earth breathe

NASA successfully launched its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide at 2 56 a m PDT 5 56 a m EDT Tuesday July 1 2014 The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 OCO 2 raced ... - Read More

Smashing new look at nanoribbons: Researchers unzip nanotubes by shooting them at 15,000 mph

Carbon nanotubes unzipped into graphene nanoribbons by a chemical process invented at Rice University are finding use in all kinds of projects but Rice scientists have now found a chemical free way to unzip them ... - Read More

Origin of life: Stanley Miller's forgotten experiments, analyzed

Stanley Miller the chemist whose landmark experiment published in 1953 showed how some of the molecules of life could have formed on a young Earth left behind boxes of experimental samples that he never analyzed ... - Read More

Packing hundreds of sensors into a single optical fiber for use in harsh environments

By fusing together the concepts of active fiber sensors and high temperature fiber sensors a team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh has created an all optical high temperature sensor for gas flow measurements ... - Read More

Stanley Miller's Forgotten Experiments, Analyzed

Released 6 25 2014 12 00 PM EDTSource Newsroom Georgia Institute of Technology more news from this source Contact Information Available for logged in reporters only Citations National Science Foundation NASA Astrobiology Program NSF CHE ... - Read More

NASA-funded rocket to study birthplace of stars

Update May 27 2014 NASA successfully launched the Colorado High resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph or CHESS payload aboard a Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket at 3 35 a m EDT on May 24 2014 ... - Read More

Airborne measurements confirm leaks from oil and gas operations

During two days of intensive airborne measurements oil and gas operations in Colorado's Front Range leaked nearly three times as much methane a greenhouse gas as predicted based on inventory estimates and seven times as ... - Read More

Recycling astronaut urine for energy and drinking water

On the less glamorous side of space exploration there's the more practical problem of waste in particular what to do with astronaut pee But rather than ejecting it into space scientists are developing a new ... - Read More

Amazon inhales more carbon than it emits, NASA finds

A new NASA led study seven years in the making has confirmed that natural forests in the Amazon remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit therefore reducing global warming This finding resolves ... - Read More

Origin of life: Simulating how Earth kick-started metabolism

Researchers have developed a new approach to simulating the energetic processes that may have led to the emergence of cell metabolism on Earth a crucial biological function for all living organisms The research which is ... - Read More
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