okt 052012
 
Chemistry of Protoplanetary Disks Can Now Be Studied

  According to the nebular hypothesis, star formation produces a gaseous protoplanetary disk around it, providing the environment and material for planet formation. Studying these systems can generate information regarding how and when planets formed, and is a hot topic in astrophysics. Artist impression of the Solar System. Image Credit: ESA Until recently, in depth [continue reading]

sep 242012
 
Mars-Like Places on Earth Give Insights into Conditions for Life

  Life thrives on Planet Earth. In even the most inhospitable places – the freezing Antarctic permafrost, sun-baked saltpans in Tunisia or the corrosively acidic Rio Tinto in Spain – pockets of life can be found. Some of these locations have much in common with environments found on Mars, as discovered by orbiters and rovers [continue reading]