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Curiosity Rover’s Critics are Missing the Point (Op-Ed)

Marc Kaufman has written about science and international affairs for more than three decades, primarily for The Washington Postand The Philadelphia Inquirer.Kaufman’s latest book is “Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission” (National Geographic, 2014).Kaufman contributed this essay to Space.com’s Expert … Continue reading

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Private Moon-Drilling Mission Raises Over $1 Million via Crowdfunding

An ambitious private space exploration project that aims to land a moon-drilling probe on the lunar surface by 2024 now has the money it needs, thanks to a crowdfunding effort that raised more than $1 million for the mission. The … Continue reading

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8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Found in Ancient Clay Pots

This story was updated Dec. 18 at 1:40 p.m. EST. Ancient people pressed olive oil as far back as 8,000 years ago in Israel, a new study finds. Researchers found residues of the Mediterranean-diet staple on ancient clay pots dating … Continue reading

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Fool’s Gold Preserves Some of Earth’s Oldest Fossils

Fool’s gold helps explain why many fossils of soft-bodied animals that lived more than 540 million years ago still survive, a new study finds. The bacterial breakdown of ancient, wormlike animals after their deaths led to the formation of pyrite, … Continue reading

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Keeping Up with the Greens: Neighbors Can Spur Conservation (Op-Ed)

Marlene Cimons writes for Climate Nexus, a nonprofit that aims to tell the climate story in innovative ways that raise awareness of, dispel misinformation about and showcase solutions to climate change and energy issues in the United States. She contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert … Continue reading

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What was the Worst #ScienceFail of 2014? (Op-Ed)

Aaron Huertas is a science communications officer at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), where he helps scientists represent their work to the public and policymakers. This article is part of UCS’s ‘Got Science?’ series. Huertas contributed this piece to … Continue reading

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NASA Satellite’s 1st CO2 Maps of Earth Revealed

This past summer, NASA launched its first satellite devoted to measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that is driving global warming. Today (Dec. 18), scientists with the space agency unveiled the first carbon maps obtained by the spacecraft, named … Continue reading

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Europe recommends approval for first stem-cell therapy

LONDON (Reuters) – European regulators have recommended approval of the first medicine containing stem cells to treat a rare condition caused by burns to the eye. The European Medicines Agency said on Friday that Holoclar, from privately held Italian company … Continue reading

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NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission

NASA’s Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced today (Dec. 18). The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, … Continue reading

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NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission

NASA’s Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced today (Dec. 18). The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, … Continue reading

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