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Scientists chart course toward a new world of synthetic biology

A team has compiled a roadmap for the future of synthetic or engineering biology, based on the input of 80 leaders in the field from more than 30 institutions. The report provides a strong case that the federal government should invest in this area, not only to improve public health, food crops and the environment, but also to fuel the economy and maintain the country’s leadership in synthetic/engineering biology.

A meteorite smashed into Mars — and left the red planet black and blue

The blue-black crater was likely made between September 2016 and February 2019. (Photo: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona) For all the asteroids and comets that have slammed into its surface over the years, Mars has done a remarkable job of keeping its…

Exciting progress on NASA’s next Mars mission

The Mars Helicopter – which will launch with Mars 2020 – has now passed some key tests. Plus engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, celebrate with a selfie after attaching the Mars 2020 rover’s remote sensing mast.

Moon and Saturn from nightfall to dawn

As darkness falls on June 18, 2019, notice the bright “star” near the moon. It’s not a star. It’s a planet, Saturn. You can see the moon and Saturn together from nightfall or early evening until morning dawn.

Life Beyond the Sun | The Planets | BBC Earth

On Saturn it occasionally rains diamonds. Narrated by Brian Cox.Subscribe: http://bit.ly/BBCEarthSub Watch more:Planet Earth http://bit.ly/PlanetEarthPlaylistBlue Planet http://bit.ly/BluePlanetPlaylistPlanet Earth II http://bit.ly/PlanetEarthIIPlaylistPlanet Dinosaur http://bit.ly/PlanetDinoPlaylist The PlanetsThis stunningly ambitious series brings to life the most memorable events in the history of the solar…

Destined to Grow Apart by Malika Booker | Spoken Word Adaptation of Terrestrial Planets | BBC Earth

Writer, poet, theatre maker and educator, Malika Booker (@malikabooker) personifies Mars in this poem about planetary siblings. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/BBCEarthSub Watch more:Planet Earth http://bit.ly/PlanetEarthPlaylistBlue Planet http://bit.ly/BluePlanetPlaylistPlanet Earth II http://bit.ly/PlanetEarthIIPlaylistPlanet Dinosaur http://bit.ly/PlanetDinoPlaylist The new BBC Earth series The Planets takes us on…

Will evidence for life on Mars look like fettuccine pasta?

The search for life on Mars usually involves looking for past or present microbes, invisible to the eye. Scientists at University of Illinois suggest searching instead for a type of rock formation known on Earth to be created by microbes.