Mercury may have harbored an ancient magma ocean
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 27, 2013 – By analyzing Mercury’s rocky surface, scientists have been able to partially reconstruct the planet’s history over billions of years. Now, drawing upon the chemical composition of rock features on the planet’s surface, scientists at MIT have proposed that Mercury may have harbored a large, roiling ocean of magma very early in its history, shortly after its formation about 4.5 billion years ago. … more

Future Evidence for Extraterrestrial Life Might Come from Dying Stars
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 27, 2013 – Even dying stars could host planets with life – and if such life exists, we might be able to detect it within the next decade. This encouraging result comes from a new theoretical study of Earth-like planets orbiting white dwarf stars. Researchers found that we could detect oxygen in the atmosphere of a white dwarf’s planet much more easily than for an Earth-like planet orbiting a Sun-like star. … more

Russian Meteorite Clean-Up ‘Two-Thirds Complete’
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Feb 26, 2013 – Almost 10,000 windows were mended and 1,500 psychological consultations provided as part of the meteorite hail recovery effort in Russia’s Urals, the country’s Emergency Situations Ministry said on Saturday. Emergency services removed more than 160 tons of glass shattered by the shockwave from the meteorite that exploded above Chelyabinsk Region on February 15, the ministry said on its web … more