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Real Science: Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence of Nitrogen on Mars

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Good news on the Martian front; after making a side trip to study some interesting rocks, the Curiosity Rover has found traces of nitrogenic compounds.  On Earth, nitrogen is usually of organic origins, but on Mars it was probably created by lightning strikes.  Either way, it indicates an increased possibility that Mars may have harbored life at one time, as nitrogen supplies the nutrients for life.


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Real Science: Cloudlike Plumes Spotted In Martian Atmosphere

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Some amateur astronomers have spotted what appear to be clouds in the Martian atmosphere--unfortunately, in 2012, but I just saw the news on it this morning--of a size and shape that baffles scientists and may force us to re-examine our conceptions about the Red Planet.


http://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/cloud-over-mars-leaves-scientists-baffled/ar-BBhDPiw?ocid=mailsignout


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The Best Bang Since The Big One: Possible Revisions To Cosmology

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We all are aware of the "Big Bang Theory" that states that everything in the universe, at one time in the distant past, came from an infinitesimally small and dense point called a singularity.  It's science's version of religion's "let there be light" scenario for the creation of the universe.


Only, it might be wrong.


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Real Science: Orion Successfully Completes First Mission

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While no astronauts were aboard, the souvinir factory was a'churnin'--"Friday's Orion — serial number 001 — lacked seats, cockpit displays and life-support equipment for obvious reasons. Instead, bundles of toys and memorabilia were on board: bits of moon dust; the crew patch worn by Sally Ride, America's first spacewoman; a Capt. James Kirk collector's doll owned by "Star Trek" actor William Shatner, and more."


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Boo-yah! ESA Lands A Hole In One With A Comet

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The Rosetta mission, launched over ten years ago by the European Space Agency, successfully landed a probe on a comet.


http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/philae-spacecraft-makes-historic-landing-on-comet/ar-AA7M71Q?ocid=mailsignout

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Where's My Flying Car? Right Here.

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I saw this article yesterday and though, "Too cool."  Since I drive a 400-mile round trip every few weeks, something like this would suit me to a T.   I've even got the runways to fly it from.  Now if only I had a couple hundred grand lying around...


http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/flying-car-approaches-liftoff-as-most-advanced-prototype-yet-is-unveiled/ar-BBbRVo4?ocid=mailsignout


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BREAKING NEWS: Rocket Explodes On Liftoff At Wallops Island

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An unmanned supply rocket exploded spectacularly seconds after lifting off from the NASA launch facility at Wallops Island, Virginia Tuesday evening.  The cause of the malfunction is not immediately known.  The Antares spacecraft from Orbital was carrying 5000 lbs of payload destined for the International Space Station.


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Real Science: The "Impossible" Lunar Eclipse

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This Wednesday morning, due to a bit of billiards geometry, the full moon and the rising sun will not only be visible together in the morning sky, but the moon will be in a total blood-red eclipse.


http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/heres-how-to-see-wednesday-mornings-rare-impossible-lunar-eclipse/ar-BB810Tf

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