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Mars Methane: Life at Last?

Methane is important as a possible biomarker. It's the exhaust gas of many forms of life on Earth -- bacteria, most notably, but also slightly bulkier organisms such as cattle and pigs. If you detect methane in a planet's atmosphere, you may have found pigs in space. Or more likely, microbes in space.
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  • Methane is important as a possible biomarker. It's the exhaust gas of many forms of life on Earth -- bacteria, most notably, but also slightly bulkier organisms such as cattle and pigs. If you detect methane in a planet's atmosphere, you may have found pigs in space. Or more likely, microbes in space.

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  • Innovation in the use of electricity continues long after the days of Edison and Tesla. Find out why the invention of the blue LED was worthy of a Nobel Prize … how some bacteria breathe electrons… and how we might cure disease with electric impulses.

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  • Rosetta is the third cornerstone mission of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Horizon 2000 Programme. It's goals are to examine some of the original material of the solar system with a comprehensive evaluation of the minearologic, isotopic, and organic constituents of a comet; understand how the body works as a machine to absorb and re-radiate energy from the sun; and understand more about the origins of the solar system.

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  • Using a specially engineered wind tunnel, scientists have solved a puzzle about wind-blown dunes on a world that has some striking similarities to our own.

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  • Was there water on Mars? If so, where has it gone? One of the explanations for the water loss focuses on the idea that the solar wind is removing the water by acceleration ionospheric ions and removing them from Mars.

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  • Learn about the leaps we’ve made this year and consider a special year-end gift to help us make more discoveries.

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  • Applications are now open for the Summer 2015 REU Program at the SETI Institute. Work on projects spanning the field of astrobiology from microbiology to planetary geology to observational astronomy. Apply now!

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  • Black is crafting a vision for the SETI Institute and guiding it into the future. It's an organization, he says, dedicated to investigating the origins, abundance, and variety of life on Earth and elsewhere: a place full of people asking big questions, getting big answers, and inspiring the question-askers of the future.

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  • NASA has issued an image advisory for a newly-processed global color view of Europa, our best such view ever and likely the best view we will have until a dedicated spacecraft returns to Europa sometime in the future. This image was produced by a team from the SETI Institute over the course of several months.

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  • Today, NASA bestowed honors on SETI Institute scientists and educators, both as individuals and as members of research teams, citing their outstanding efforts on behalf of science, outreach and education.

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