Chance encounter with comet nets surprising results

Comets are made of the most primitive stuff in the solar system. As hunks of rock and ice that never coalesced into more planets, they give researchers clues to the evolution of solar systems.

So a chance encounter between spacecraft Ulysses and Comet McNaught's ion tail has scientists in the University    
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Mars With Ice, Shaken, Not Stirred
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mars-with-ice-shaken-not-stirredMars, like Earth, is a climate-fickle water planet. The main difference, of course, is that water on the frigid Red Planet is rarely liquid, preferring to spend almost all of its time traveling the world as a gas or churning up the surface as ice. That's the global picture literally and figuratively coming into much sharper focus as various Mars-orbiting cameras send back tomes of unprecedented super high-resolution imagery of ever vaster tracts of the planet's surface.

What were just a few years ago small hints about Mars' water and climate, as seen in a few "postage-stamp" high-resolution    ... Read Full Article

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Researchers identify hundreds of genes controlling female fertility

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