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Martian Soil Salts May Make Water Ice All Wet

Within a Mars-like laboratory environment, perchlorate salts known to exist on Mars were able to lower the freezing point enough to get ice to turn to liquid water. Clara Moskowitz reports   

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July 25, 2014 — Clara Moskowitz

"Extremely Large Telescope" Breaks Ground

The European Southern Observatory broke ground June 19th to build the world's largest telescope atop the Cerro Armazones mountain in Chile. Clara Moskowitz reports   

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June 23, 2014 — Clara Moskowitz

Found in Space, Part 2

Journalist Lee Billings Talks about his book Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search For Life Among the Stars, Part 2 of 2

February 27, 2014 — Steve Mirsky and Lee Billings

Found in Space, Part 1

Journalist Lee Billings Talks about his book Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search For Life Among the Stars, Part 1 of 2

February 26, 2014 — Steve Mirsky and Lee Billings

From Gadgets to Galaxies: Conference Reports

Scientific American technology editor Seth Fletcher talks about the recent Consumer Electronics Show and astronomy editor Clara Moskowitz discusses last month's American Astronomical Society conference  

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February 10, 2014 — Steve Mirsky, Seth Fletcher and Clara Moskowitz

Faraway Planets May Be Far Better for Life

Astronomers have come up with a shopping list of what a planet needs to support life, perhaps even better than our Earth does, making them "superhabitable." Michael Moyer reports 

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January 31, 2014 — Michael Moyer

A Wish List of Future Space Missions

NASA's long-term vision, released by the agency's astrophysics division, restates its broad and popular themes for scientists to pursue including "Are We Alone?" and "How Did We Get Here?"...

December 23, 2013 — Alexandra Witze and Nature News Blog
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