ESA blasts off mission to detect life on Mars

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Is there life on Mars ? The question has haunted humans for eons, and now the European Space Agency (ESA) is spending 1.3 billion euros to probe for an answer, teaming up with Russia’s space agency Roscosmos to launch the ExoMars mission . Two spacecraft, a solar-powered Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaperelli lander, hitched a ride on a Russian proton rocket, lifting off earlier today in Kazakhstan. Read the rest of ESA blasts off mission to detect life on Mars

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Curiosity rover evidence shows Mars has a daily water cycle like Earth

April 21, 2015 by  
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The history of water on Mars is becoming increasingly clear as scientists explore the Red Planet’s past, and now data from the Curiosity rover has provided another key piece of information that shows evidence the planet has a daily water cycle, somewhat similar to the cycle on Earth. In the first major development since water was first discovered on the red planet, a scientific team used data from the rover about Martian weather and soil conditions to deduce that perchlorate salts found in the planet’s soil can pull water out of its scant atmosphere and have the potential to fuel a daily water cycle. The evidence is fairly indirect, but it is consistent with other data from a Russian apparatus that measures water molecules in soil. What does this all mean? The more similar the behavior of water on Mars is to water on Earth further bolsters the case that microbial life could be present on the planet . Via ars technica Image via NASA Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: evidence of live on mars , life on mars possible , mars curiosity rover finds evidence of water cycle , microbial life on mars , water cycle on mars

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How to build a compact and multifunctional Cheryl Cabin with just $3K of materials

April 21, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Do you dream of building your own tiny house but don’t have the foggiest idea of where to start? Architect Joshua Woodsman can help. As Founder of Pin Up Houses , a company that creates easy-to-build house plans, Woodsman designed and constructed the Cheryl Cabin , a compact and multifunctional holiday home. The stylish DIY cabin can be built in three weeks with under $3,000 worth of material. Read the rest of How to build a compact and multifunctional Cheryl Cabin with just $3K of materials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cheryl Cabin , compact home , diy home , Joshua Woodsman , Pin Up Houses , tiny home , tiny house floorpan , tiny house plan

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After three-week delay, Solar Impulse sets off on sixth leg of round-the-world journey

April 21, 2015 by  
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Solar Impulse 2  landed in Chongcqing , China, on March 31, where the team planned to stay for just a few days before embarking on the next leg of their epic solar-powered round-the-world flight. Unfortunately, poor weather conditions kept the plane grounded for almost three weeks. Solar Impulse finally launched early this morning, April 21, and is now headed for their final stop in China at Nanjing, where the solo-manned plane is expected to land after the 17-hour flight. The stop in Nanjing will be the last on the Asian continent before the record-breaking aircraft takes off for to cross the Pacific Ocean on its way to Hawaii . Of the delays that kept the plane grounded in China these past few weeks, pilot Bertrand Piccard said, “You can believe that your will can influence the weather, but then you’ll be really disappointed because it doesn’t work. Or you just know that it’s an adventure you do with the forces of nature.” + Solar Impulse Images via Solar Impulse Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andre Borschberg , around-the-world trips , bertrand piccard , china , flying around the world , solar impulse , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered plane , zero fuel plane , zero fuel vehicles

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Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

April 21, 2015 by  
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As we mark the fifth anniversary of the explosion that rocked the Deepwater Horizon rig, claiming 11 lives and sparking a 87 day-long, 200-million-gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, studies continue to reveal the devastating impact of the oil—and dispersants used in clean up—on marine life. Recent reports show that the dispersants were more damaging to corals than the oil itself, and continue to diminish shellfish and sea turtle populations, while large questions loom over the ongoing unexplained deaths of dolphins along the Gulf Coast. And, as the NRDC points out, it will take years, if not decades longer to fully understand the effects of the disaster. Read the rest of Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bird death oil , deepwater horizon , Dolphin Deaths , dolphin gulf of mexico , environmental disaster , gulf of mexico , macondo well , oil drilling , oil droplets , oil gulf of mexico , oil slick , oil spill , sea bed , sea floor , tar mat

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