Planet of the Apes Archive: July, 2012

New Mission Tackles Mystery of Martian Past

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If we found life on another planet, the discovery would go a long way toward answering the deepest open questions in biology: How did life... Read more

Yellowstone, Mars, and Redefining Life

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Scientists have said that if Yellowstone wasn’t a National Park it might be a Superfund site. The place is dotted with hundreds of scalding... Read more

Readers Still Puzzled by the Higgs Boson

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Higgs (the cat) and I got a great response to our attempt to explain the Higgs boson. Several readers were still puzzled and asked some thoughtful... Read more

500 million year survivors succumb to commerce and desire.

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Here's my column for this week. This will also run in Monday's science section of the Philadelphia Inquirer No matter how well adapted an... Read more

Good Reader Questions on Arsenic Bacteria Story

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This column on the “arsenic bacteria” controversy brought on some good questions. The following was the also posed by biologists... Read more

News from NASA - A New Planet Smaller Than Earth.

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Unlike the problemmatic "arsenic bacteria" research described in this week’s column, NASA’s search for extrasolar planets really... Read more

Stephen Weinberg Omits God in Explaining Value of Higgs Boson

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Apparently I’m the laughing stock of certain Philadelphia neighborhoods – or so says a reader who called this morning to complain... Read more

NASA's Arsenic Bacteria Claim - the Bigfoot of Microbiology

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Higgs the cat hates the marketing slogan “The God Particle” so much it makes him cough up hairballs. I feel something similar.... Read more