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Comets/Asteroids

Fire from the sky

Researchers find evidence of a cosmic impact that caused destruction of one of the world's earliest human settlements Before the Taqba Dam impounded the Euphrates River in northern Syria in the 1970s, an archaeological site named Abu…

An iron-clad asteroid

Mineralogists from Jena and Japan make a surprising discovery on soil samples of the asteroid "Itokawa".Credit: Anne Günther/FSU Itokawa would normally be a fairly average near-Earth asteroid - a rocky mass measuring only a few…

How to deflect an asteroid

MIT engineers devise a decision map to identify the best mission type to deflect an incoming asteroid Using e-cigarettes alters the mouth's microbiome--the community of bacteria and other microorganisms--and makes users more prone to…

The salt of the comet

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM More than 30 years ago, the European comet mission Giotto flew past Halley's comet. The Bernese ion mass spectrometer IMS, led by Prof. em. Hans Balsiger, was on board. A key finding from the measurements…