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  • Living up to the Hype: Superconductors

    Feb. 5, 2003

    NASA research is unlocking the amazing potential of high-temperature superconductors.

  • Mars is Melting

    Aug. 7, 2003

    It's not every day you get to watch a planetary ice cap melt, but this month you can. All you need are clear skies, a backyard telescope, and a sky map leading to Mars.

  • Snow Gullies on Mars

    Feb. 19, 2003

    NASA spacecraft may have finally found the mysterious source of gullies on Mars: melting snow.

  • Solar Flares on Steroids

    Sept. 12, 2003

    Solar flares that scorch Earth's atmosphere are commonplace. But scientists have discovered a few each year that are not like the others: they come from stars thousands of light years away.

  • Robot Blood

    April 2, 2003

    This week Astronautsonboard the International Space Stationare studying strange magnetic fluids that might one day flow in the veins of Robotsand help buildings resist earthquakes.

  • Mars Dust

    July 9, 2003

    On July 1st a bright dust cloud spilled out of Hellas Basin, a giant impact crater on Mars' southern hemisphere, and quickly grew large enough to see from Earth. Amateur astronomers have been tracking the cloud ever since.

  • Two Magical Mornings

    Oct. 20, 2003

    Before dawn on Tuesday, Oct. 21st, and Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, sky watchers can see two bright planets, the crescent moon and a meteor shower.

  • Strange Clouds

    Feb. 18, 2003

    Astronautsonboard the International Space Stationhave been observing strange electric-blue clouds hovering near the edge of space.

  • Trouble with Lifshitz, Slyozov, and Wagner

    July 7, 2003

    A Physicstheory used to create cutting-edge "designer materials" doesn't work as scientists expect. A new experiment planned for the International Space Stationcould reveal why.

  • A Quirky El Nino

    March 14, 2003

    The ongoing El Nino climate disturbance has a unusual personality. It's weak where it should be strong, warm where it should be cold. And now it seems about to end earlier than expected.