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Rock-Eating Martian Microbes?

Rock-Eating Martian Microbes?

A recently published study of a 30-pound martian meteorite found in Antarctica suggests the presence of indigenous carbon-rich material, ancient water erosion, and a number of tiny structures that resemble the sort of features that we see rock-eating microbes leaving in basaltic glasses here on Earth...

February 28, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Reasons for Really Liking Wildebeest

There are lots of reasons for liking wildebeest… or gnus. For me, the main one comes from the fact that they are insanely flamboyant in appearance.

February 26, 2014 — Darren Naish

Flying for Free the Horsetail Spore Way

In spite of their sedentary reputations (putting down roots being, perhaps, the ultimate symbol of stability), plants are capable of a surprising range of movements, and not just the Venus flytraps of the world...

February 21, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer
The Long, Strange Saga of the Endangered Hawaiian Hawk

The Long, Strange Saga of the Endangered Hawaiian Hawk

The National Wilderness Institute no longer exists. Its Web site has disappeared, its phone number has been disconnected and the founder has moved on to become a senior advisor for the conservative Heritage Foundation...

February 21, 2014 — John R. Platt
Giant Octopus Checks Out Camera and Diver [Video]

Giant Octopus Checks Out Camera and Diver [Video]

Theoctopus making headlines this week was probably notcontrary to other claimsattempting to wrestle a diver or take a selfie. But then again, nice, curious invertebrates rarely make headlines...

February 21, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
On making mistakes

On making mistakes

In the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, Freeman Dyson has a nice review of Mario Livio’s readable book on scientific blunders committed by great scientists.

February 20, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Sea Lion Whisker Patterns Could Be Key to Conservation

Sea Lion Whisker Patterns Could Be Key to Conservation

This month marks the beginning of the breeding season for endangered Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea) as well as a great opportunity for citizen scientists to help conserve this rare species...

February 18, 2014 — John R. Platt
Why the world needs more Leo Szilards

Why the world needs more Leo Szilards

The body of men and women who built the atomic bomb was vast, diverse, talented and multitudinous. Every conceivable kind of professional – from theoretical physics to plumber – worked on the Manhattan Project for three years over an enterprise that spread across the country and equalled the US automobile industry in its marshaling of [...]..

February 18, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
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