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European Space Agency: Conditions for life may have existed all over Mars

Conditions suitable for life — most notably the presence of water — may once have existed all over Mars, the European Space Agency (ESA) has said. Hydrated silicate minerals were found by the ESA’s Mars Express and NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance orbiters in northern lowlands of the Red Planet, a clear…

Scientists hit on universal theory of bubbles

PARIS — Bubbles don’t just disappear when they pop but deflate in a rapid cascade of ever-smaller “daughter” bubbles, scientists reported on Wednesday. The physics behind this bursting effect seems to hold true whether the liquid is as thin as water or as thick as heavy oil, suggesting that the…

In apparent lie, BP continues to deny existence of huge oil plumes

Appearing on no less than three major networks Wednesday, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles continued to deny the existence of oil plumes underneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Suttles’ comments came despite the fact that government and university scientists confirmed Tuesday they had found large plumes of…

AP journalist dives into Gulf, can only see oil

Some 40 miles out into the Gulf Of Mexico, I jump off the boat into the thickest patch of red oil I’ve ever seen. I open my eyes and realize my mask is already smeared. I can’t see anything and we’re just five seconds into the dive. Dropping beneath the…

BP wrestles cap over leak as Obama heads back to Gulf

BP engineers wrestled a cap over a ruptured well gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, as a “furious” President Barack Obama prepared to head back to the stricken coast Friday. Remote-controlled submarines installed the cap over the spewing pipe nearly a mile (1,600 meters) below the surface late Thursday,…

Scientists: Newly discovered Gulf oil plume is 22-miles long, six-miles wide

Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles (35 kilometers) from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama. The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science’s Weatherbird…

Feds: BP’s mile-long oil tube ‘not a solution to the problem’

BP has succeeded in capturing “some” oil and gas by inserting a mile-long tube into the main Gulf of Mexico leak, but would not say if it was a significant percentage of the gusher or just a dribble. Despite the uncertainty, it was still the first tangible sign of success…

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