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There is a time and a place for everything under the sun, but now is not the time to be exploring Mars.

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A screenshot from the youtube video uploaded by the NZ Air Force (see below) Courtesy: Youtube

A huge island of pumice was found floating in the South Pacific, near New Zealand. How did this mysterious ‘orphan’ island form? And how is pumice intimately linked to the very origin of life on Earth?

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Just like Earth, Mars might also have tectonic activity, says an UCLA professor. So it’s the whole package – moving plates, fault lines and, maybe, even Mars-quakes.

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Photo courtesy of Bret Pasch.

A singing mouse is being studied to identify the functions of a gene that plays a role in human language. Of mice and men, indeed!

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As an update to a previous article about trees producing greenhouse gases, I get a chance to interview Yale Ph.D. Candidate, Kristofer Covey.

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The bright and beautiful Perseids meteor shower has a peak tomorrow night. It’s the brightest and most prolific of the meteor showers. Do NOT miss this one!

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Homo rudolfensis skull [Image Credit: Ohio State University]

The discovery of a new human-like fossil suggests that our ancestral species might have had cousins of their own.

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Curiosity has sent in a plethora of photos from the Martian surface. Even though no high resolution photos are available, the first images are great by themselves. Here’s a selection

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Research shows that diseased trees producing methane may be a significant contributor to greenhouse gasses and climate change.

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Behold the newest bird known to mankind [Image credit: Cornell University]

A new bird species has been discovered in the Andes mountains and has been called Capito fitzpatricki

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The Mars Rover Curiosity safely landed on Mars, marking a historic achievement for NASA and ESA. The bus-sized Curiosity, weighing in at 1 ton, touched down and the entire control room erupted in joy! Take a look.

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The much awaited $9 Billion papers on the Higgs Boson have been published. What do they really tell us?

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The Mars Science Laboratory, MSL, better known as Curiosity, is the new rover which is due to land on Mars on the 5/6th of August! Here, we bring you all the details about the landing – everything that you might ever want to know!

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The lifespan of males is 5-10 years lower than that of females. Our mitochondria could hold the key to this number. [Image Credit: Wikipedia]

Women are known to live 5 to 10 years longer than men. One of the reasons for this asymmetery lies in genes inherited from our mothers.

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The Tagish Lake Meteorite, which showed an excess of 'L' aspartic acid, an amino acid. [Image Credit: wikipedia]

It has long been known that molecules within living organisms also possess the property of asymmetry, also called chirality.. An excess of ‘L’ amino acids, thought to be a property of life, have now been found in meteorites, which represent the universe before the origins of life.

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