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60-Second Space Podcast

60-Second Space Podcast

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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of astronomy and space exploration. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American. To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast.


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Bacteria Got an Early Fix on Nitrogen

Author: Lee Billings
Mon, Feb 23, 2015


New evidence points to the evolution of the ability for bacteria to grab nitrogen from the atmosphere some 3.2 billion years ago, about 1.2 billion years earlier than thought—with implications for finding extraterrestrial life. Lee Billings reports

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Stars Reveal Hidden Galaxy

Author: Clara Moskowitz
Tue, Feb 17, 2015


A dwarf galaxy near the Milky Way may consist of more dark matter than regular matter.* Clara Moskowitz reports

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Space Science Budget Gets Small Lift

Author: Lee Billings
Tue, Feb 10, 2015


NASA has to deal with the unexpected financial consequences of robotic missions that just keep going. Lee Billings reports

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5 Rocky Planets Found in Ancient, Distant Solar System

Author: Clara Moskowitz
Mon, Feb 2, 2015


The oldest group of terrestrial worlds now known formed some 11.2 billion years ago, more than six billion years before our sun and planets. Clara Moskowitz reports  

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Long-Lost Lander Found on Mars

Author: Lee Billings
Mon, Jan 26, 2015


New images from a NASA orbiter reveal Beagle 2’s final resting place. Lee Billings reports

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Look Up to See Latest Comet Lovejoy

Author: Clara Moskowitz
Thu, Jan 15, 2015


Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy’s latest comet find is naked-eye visible in the southeast sky until January 24. Clara Moskowitz reports      

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SpaceX Will Try Launch, Then Soft-Land Returning Booster

Author: Lee Billings
Wed, Dec 31, 2014


The company hopes to send up a Falcon 9 rocket and then safely land the discarded first stage for reuse. Lee Billings reports

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Humans on Mars Soonish Says NASA Bigwig

Author: Clara Moskowitz
Wed, Dec 10, 2014


John Grunsfeld, the former astronaut who now heads NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, thinks that traveling light could get people to Mars by the 2040s  

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UV Light Colors Great Red Spot

Author: Lee Billings
Mon, Dec 1, 2014


Jupiter's Great Red Spot is its particular crimson shade because of the interaction of ultraviolet light and specific chemical compounds in the gas giant's atmosphere. Lee Billings reports      

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Its Hard to Dust in Space

Author: Clara Moskowitz
Thu, Nov 20, 2014


Over the summer researchers identified seven specks of dust returned to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft. But determining their true origin has been difficult. Clara Moskowitz reports

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Comet Reeks of Cat Crap and Rotten Eggs

Author: Lee Billings
Mon, Nov 3, 2014


The Rosetta spacecraft has unexpectedly detected hydrogen sulphide and ammonia coming from Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Lee Billings reports       

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Track Cosmic Rays with Smartphone App

Author: Clara Moskowitz
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


Take part in a citizen-science project by helping researchers track high-energy cosmic rays via a network of smartphone users. Clara Moskowitz reports      

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Star-Forming Clouds May Spit Out Lifes Building Blocks

Author: Clara Moskowitz
Thu, Oct 9, 2014


Astronomers have discovered one of the largest and most complex organic molecules yet in a gaseous star-forming region of interstellar space. Clara Moskowitz reports

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Dark Matter Looks WIMPy

Author: Clara Moskowitz
Wed, Sep 24, 2014


Data from the International Space Station-based Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment supports the idea that dark matter consists of the invisible particles called weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs. Clara Moskowitz reports  

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Forensic Astronomer Dates Monet Vision

Author: Clara Moskowitz
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


Texas State University astronomer Donald Olson combined solar, tidal and weather data to identify the likely moment of the image in the Monet work Impression, Sunrise      

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