| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Has Comet ISON survived its suicidal flyby of the sun? Scientists expected the dirty snowball to break apart as it flew within 730,000 miles of the sun on Thanksgiving, but NASA reported Friday that its nucleus may have survived.
"As ISON appeared to...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 2:43 PM
You could place Michael Eisen in the same league as Aaron Swartz.
Like the late Swartz, who campaigned for free public access to government publications and academic papers, UC Berkeley biologist Eisen is one of the genuine pioneers of open-access...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 3:14 PM
A rocket carrying NASA's MAVEN spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 1:28 p.m. ET Monday, on a mission to answer a profound mystery about Mars' planetary evolution: What happened to the atmosphere?
The agency’s latest robotic explorer will...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 9:07 PM
Billions of years ago, when early life was just taking hold on Earth, Mars was home to an ancient lake filled with the right chemical ingredients for life to thrive, scientists said Monday.
Drilling into dry rock, NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Scientists working on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission have been somewhat sparing until now when describing exactly how the rocks drilled, gobbled and cooked by the Curiosity rover paint a picture of a life-friendly environment.
| Dec 10, 2013
| 3:57 PM
Perhaps the Red Planet’s dry equatorial region is still a little wetter than we thought. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered strange dark lines that vanish and reappear with the seasons, and scientists think they could be signs of...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 8:53 AM
The Mars rover Curiosity has gotten glitchy again, but NASA is downplaying the significance of the latest bug. In just ......
| May 21, 2013
| 12:35 PM
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has already met its mission goals, discovering that parts of the Red Planet could have been friendly to microbial life. But not one to rest on its scientific laurels, the robot has drilled a second sample of rock to...
| May 17, 2013
| 7:13 PM
After nine years on the job, NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity has finally broken a 40-year-old record for the longest distance driven on another world.
The Mars rover Opportunity has been exploring the Red Planet’s surface since landing in...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 6:16 PM
After two months of slow but steady trekking across the Martian landscape, Curiosity is getting ready to rest its wheels and get back to some good old-fashioned science.
This week, Curiosity's handlers announced that the Mars rover is less than 250 feet...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 9:12 AM
Curiosity may be sitting idle during the solar conjunction (more on that below), but there's fresh Mars-focused news. Researchers have ......