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Martian chemicals are great for microbes, possibly toxic to humans

Last year, NASA's Curiosity Rover confirmed something discovered by multiple previous Martian landers: the surface of the red planet is full of reactive chlorinated hydrocarbons known as perchlorates. That's great news for the search for life on Mars, but it could be a disaster for any new life hoping to travel there. » 6/16/13 4:02pm 6/16/13 4:02pm

Marvel Comics spills the beans on their big 2012 event: Avengers vs.…

We heard hints of this project at the New York Comic-Con and we know that Cable is squaring off against the Avengers in January. But starting in March 2012, Avengers Vs. X-Men — a 12-issue, biweekly series written by Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, and Matt Fraction — will see… » 12/06/11 10:45am 12/06/11 10:45am

Mystery White Substance, But No Water Yet at Martian Pole

The Phoenix Lander, our favorite robot chemistry lab on Mars, has successfully cooked up some soil in its oven to see if water evaporates from it when heated. So far, no dice. Though the Martian rovers Opportunity and Spirit have found evidence of evaporated water at the equator of the planet, Phoenix hasn't yet… » 6/17/08 2:26pm 6/17/08 2:26pm

Will Phoenix Mars Rover Disappear Like the Last Mars Polar Lander?

What happened to Polar Lander, the last Mars rover that NASA tried to land in the Martian polar region, where it hopes that the Phoenix rover will touch down on May 25? The mysterious fate of the lander that simply disappeared moments before reaching Mars has been the subject of both scientific and UFO-logy debates.… » 5/09/08 3:26pm 5/09/08 3:26pm