50 Years Later, Precious Moon Samples Will Finally Be Opened

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During the Apollo missions, NASA smartly set aside some lunar materials knowing future scientists would likely be better equipped to analyze them. Now, nearly 50 years later, the space agency is giving a select group of researchers the extraordinary opportunity to study these unopened and untarnished samples.

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https://gizmodo.com/unopened-lunar-samples-from-apollo-missions-will-finall-1833230063

Simulated Mission in Chilean Desert Shows How a Rover Could Detect Life on Mars

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By using the barren Atacama Desert in Chile as a stand-in for Mars, researchers have shown that it’s possible to use an autonomous rover-mounted drill to detect life beneath a desolate surface. Encouragingly, the test resulted in the discovery of a resilient microorganism—exactly the kind of creature that could lurk…

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https://gizmodo.com/simulated-mission-in-chilean-desert-shows-how-a-rover-c-1832928361

Freaky Eight-Letter DNA Could Be the Stuff Aliens Are Made Of

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Conventional DNA is comprised of the familiar A, C, G, and T base pairs, but a newly created genetic system is packed with eight, thus doubling the number of letters normally found in self-replicating molecules. Intriguingly, the new system, dubbed “hachimoji,” could resemble the building blocks of extraterrestrial…

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https://gizmodo.com/freaky-eight-letter-dna-could-be-the-stuff-aliens-are-m-1832823430