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  1. Mars Exploration Rover 2003 Landing Sites


    With the Mars Exploration Rover (or MER) landing sites narrowed from 150 alternatives, the prospect of roaming around ancient lakebeds has the orbital cameras clicking.

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  1. Runnegar to Lead NASA Astrobiology Institute


    Runnegar currently is a professor in UCLA’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP). For the past four years, he also has served as the Director of the IGPP’s Center for Astrobiology, one of the 11 original lead teams of the Astrobiology Institute. Educated in Australia at the University of Queensland, Runnegar became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1987.

    “Dr. Runnegar is an internationally recognized paleontologist and astrobiologist whose breadth of knowledge and excellence in research and teaching are respected throughout the scientific and academic communities ...

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  1. Bacteria: Survival in Siberia


    Find out more about a test that could help determine if life once existed on Mars-or even if living organisms still reside in the Martian permafrost.

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  1. Rehearsal Readies Scientists for NASA's Next Mars Landing


    With less than a year to go before the launch of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission, scientists have spent the last few weeks at a high-tech summer camp.

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  1. Prospecting for Viruses


    Scientists are prospecting for viruses in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park – and they are being richly rewarded with intriguing new finds.

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  1. Eukaryotic Origins


    Scientists are still struggling to understand the evolutionary relationships among different types of cells.

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  1. A World Without Elephants?


    Thoughts on the future of evolution with Harvard paleontologist Andy Knoll. Watch the video to experience the entire interview.

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  1. Antarctic Microbes Colonize Under Mars-Like Conditions


    American and New Zealand research teams uncover what some might call the closest Mars-like simulation found terrestrially.

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  1. Ice Cube of Exotic Microbes


    A permafrost subglacial lake discovered beneath Antarctica offers scientists a chance to test their sterile drilling techniques.

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  1. Former Flood Identified on Mars


    Geologists at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum have discovered a large former lake in the highlands of Mars.

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  1. High-Pressure Living


    Findings suggest looking for life deep underneath planetary bodies like the surface of Mars.

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  1. Defining Life


    What is life, exactly? The science of biology is the study of life, yet scientists can’t agree on an absolute definition.

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  1. Whither Europa? Researchers Regroup to Make Jupiter's Moon NASA's Priority


    Space.com reports on the May 2002 meeting of the NAI Europa Focus Group.

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  1. Salt of the Early Earth


    Scientists have long assumed that life originated in the sea. If life did spring from salt water, that could explain why all organisms use salt.

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  1. The Search for Distant Earths


    Astronomers search for small, rocky Earth-like planets around other stars.

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