extra extra newspaper42 mn km saved Earth from dry, Venus-like fate: study
Paris (AFP) May 29, 2013 – Similar in size and often referred to as twin planets, Earth and Venus evolved from common origins into two contrasting worlds – one dry and inhospitable, the other wet and teeming with life. The reason has had science stumped, until now. Writing in the journal Nature on Wednesday, a Japanese research team said the answer was to be found in the planets’ respective proximity to the Sun. … more

May 30, 2013 IRON AND ICE
NASA’s WISE Mission Finds Lost Asteroid Family Members
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 30, 2013 – Data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to a new and improved family tree for asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. Astronomers used millions of infrared snapshots from the asteroid-hunting portion of the WISE all-sky survey, called NEOWISE, to identify 28 new asteroid families. The snapshots also helped place thousands of previously hidden and u … more

Moon dust samples missing for 40 years found in Calif. warehouse
Berkeley, Calif. (UPI) May 29, 2013 – Samples of moon dust gathered by the first men to walk on the moon and missing for more than 40 years have been found in a California warehouse, officials said. NASA sent 68 grams of lunar dust collected by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 moon landing to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1969 to be studied by Melvin Calvin, who had won the 1961 Nobel prize i … more

Study explores atmospheric impact of declining Arctic sea ice
London, UK (SPX) May 29, 2013 – There is growing recognition that reductions in Arctic sea ice levels will influence patterns of atmospheric circulation both within and beyond the Arctic. New research in the International Journal of Climatology explores the impact of 2007 ice conditions, the second lowest Arctic sea ice extent in the satellite era, on atmospheric circulation and surface temperatures. Two 30-year simulati … more

Climate researchers discover new rhythm for El Nino
Honolulu HI (SPX) May 29, 2013 – Nino wreaks havoc across the globe, shifting weather patterns that spawn droughts in some regions and floods in others. The impacts of this tropical Pacific climate phenomenon are well known and documented. A mystery, however, has remained despite decades of research: Why does El Nino always peak around Christmas and end quickly by February to April? Now there is an answer: An unusua … more