Biosphere 2 to add life to LEO

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – Recently, the National Science Foundation awarded Biosphere 2’s Landscape Evolution Observatory with a $ 3.5 million grant to study the growth of life in certain landscapes, in particular those affected by fires or volcanic eruptions. The Landscape Evolution Observatory or LEO is the world’s largest laboratory …

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Unprecedented mineral found in diamond mined from the depths of the Earth’s mantle

In a major discovery, mineralogists identified an unprecedented mineral in a diamond unearthed from a mine in Botswana, Africa. Small black specks seen in diamond excavated from deep in the lithosphere, about 410 miles (660 km) below the earth’s surface, shed light on the planet’s unexplored secrets that remain hidden …

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Eggshell exoplanets: rocky worlds with ultra-thin brittle lithospheres could theoretically exist

The thickness of the fragile lithosphere – the outer part of a planetary body that fails by fracturing – plays a key role in the geological processes of that body. The properties of a planet and its host star can influence this thickness, and the potential range of these properties …

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New NASA video takes you into the atmosphere of Venus

NASA wants you to get excited about the nightmarish world next door. This spring, the agency announced it would develop two new missions to explore Venus in the early 2030s. One of them, called VERITAS (short for Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy), would be in orbit around …

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Hydrate or Die: Has Venus Ever Been Inhabitable?

Title: Has Venus ever been habitable? Constraints of an interior-atmosphere-redox couple Evolution model Authors: Joshua Krissansen-Totton, Jonathan J. Fortney, Francis Nimmo Institution of the first author: University of California, Santa Cruz Status: Published in the Planetary Science Journal [open access] Where did the water go? (And was that there to …

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The Gabonese experience on the future of climate finance

Today, at a time when climate change has become unmistakably apparent, more businesses and governments are committing to become carbon neutral, net zero and carbon positive. The African Conservation Development Group (ACDG) is one of the companies working to preserve and market the Gabonese rainforest. With their current 50-year logging …

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Marvel: 8 strong defenders who started weak

The Defenders are affectionately known as the Marvel Non-Team, a bunch of heroes who came together and who stuck together. The team has undergone several roster changes over the years and while not as popular as some of the Marvel teams, they have had some rather powerful members on their …

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