extra extra newspaperA Video Map of Motions in the Nearby Universe
Manoa HI (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 – An international team of researchers, including University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer Brent Tully, has mapped the motions of structures of the nearby universe in greater detail than ever before. The maps are presented as a video, which provides a dynamic three-dimensional representation of the universe through the use of rotation, panning, and zooming. The video was announced last week … more

Life underground
Newark DE (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 – Microbes are living more than 500 feet beneath the seafloor in 5 million-year-old sediment, according to new findings by researchers at the University of Delaware and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Genetic material in mud from the bottom of the ocean – called the deep biosphere -revealed an ecosystem of active bacteria, fungi and other microscopic organisms at depths deeper t … more

UH Astrobiologists Find Martian Clay Contains Chemical Implicated in the Origin of Life
Manoa HI (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 – Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa NASA Astrobiology Institute (UHNAI) have discovered high concentrations of boron in a Martian meteorite. When present in its oxidized form (borate), boron may have played a key role in the formation of RNA, one of the building blocks for life. The work was published on June 6 in PLOS One. The Antarctic Search for Meteorites team found the … more

Space Debris – One Solution
Bethesda MD (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 – The topic of “space debris” is hot, and getting hotter! Spacefaring nations and the space community are concerned about this growing impediment to future space flight. NASA, DoD, FAA, ESA and the UN are all aware of the issues. There are international debris commissions and committees studying potential mitigation and remediation solutions. High anxiety is running rampant among these group … more