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Cecile LeBlanc

Microbes on or within Saturn’s moon Enceladus?

"It sounds crazy but it could be snowing microbes on the surface of this little world," a space scientist said of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Electric cars need a clean energy source

You might assume that air quality and health impacts are lower for electric cars than for conventional vehicles. Not necessarily so, this study reveals.

Stars are hot, right? Not this star.

Stars are hot. But astronomers have found the coolest star - temperature-wise. This star is cooler than the human body.

Tamarisk leaf beetles along the Colorado River

Tamarisk leaf beetles - a non-native species - are eating and killing non-native, invasive salt cedar along the Colorado River. Read more here.

Billions of orphan Jupiters adrift in Milky Way galaxy?

Astronomers have discovered 10 free-floating, Jupiter-sized planets in our galaxy and say these objects might be more common than stars.

Kepler mission’s extraordinary planet discoveries

Famed planet-hunter Geoff Marcy spoke on May 2, 2011 about the Kepler space telescope and its 1,235 candidate planets. Does he think we'll find intelligent life?

Mercury waltzes with bright planets at dawn May 2011

As Mercury reemerges as a morning object in May 2011, the solar system’s innermost planet will join up with the planets Jupiter, Venus and Mars in the eastern sky at dawn.

Comet Wild-2 has evidence for liquid water on the surface

The first convincing evidence of liquid water on a comet comes from analysis of a sample of Comet Wild-2, returned to Earth by NASA’s Stardust space mission.

Vesta is it an asteroid or not an asteroid?

The asteroid Vesta will soon get a visitor. The Dawn spacecraft will enter Vesta orbit in July, 2011 and will map Vesta's terrain.

Forecast: Spring rains on Saturn’s moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft found evidence of spring rains around the equator of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.