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Alien atmospheres recreated on Earth

[ad_1] Image copyright European Southern Observatory Image caption Super-Earths and mini-Neptunes have a radius between one to four times that of Earth Researchers have recreated the chemistry of atmospheres on distant planets for the first time in the lab, according to two new papers. They found that hazes, such as the hydrocarbons that shroud Saturn's moon Titan, can be produced on a class of exoplanets known as super-Earths and mini-Neptunes.Chemical
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Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sir John had laboratories named after him at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has died aged 75.He came to prominence as the British face of the international project to decode the human genome.Sir John won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on the development of cells within a humble worm, which paved the way for
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Mars Science Lab launch delayed two years

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (CNN) -- NASA's launch of the Mars Science Laboratory -- hampered by technical difficulties and cost overruns -- has been delayed until the fall of 2011, NASA officials said at a news conference Thursday in Washington. A photo illustration of a laser-equipped vehicle that is set to be part of the Mars Science Laboratory. The mission had been scheduled for launch in the fall of 2009. The Mars
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Shuttle Endeavour lands at California air base

[ad_1] (CNN) -- Space shuttle Endeavour landed safely Sunday afternoon at California's Edwards Air Force Base after NASA waved off two opportunities for a Florida landing because of poor weather. Endeavour glides in for a landing Sunday at California's Edwards Air Force Base. The shuttle, steered by commander Christopher Ferguson, landed at 1:25 p.m., ending a mission that lasted more than two weeks. Wind, rain and reports of thunderstorms within
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Indian lunar orbiter hit by heat rise

[ad_1] NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- Scientists have switched off several on-board instruments to halt rising temperatures inside India's first unmanned lunar spacecraft. The spacecraft carrying India's first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, lifts off from Sriharikota. Mylswamy Annadurai, the project director for the lunar mission, told CNN that temperatures onboard Chandrayaan-1 had risen to 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). The increase occurred as the craft, the moon -- which it