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The HI-SEAS mission gives people a chance to practise on Earth what life would be like on Mars. A crew member here from the 2015 mission. Flickr/University of Hawaii/HI-SEAS

Human trials on Earth are the key to how we will survive on Mars

What's the best way to find out how people will cope with the journey to Mars and life on another planet? Lock a test crew up for a year in a simulation right here on Earth.
New forms of life are discovered in high-tech ways that leave yesterday’s natural history collections in the dust. Detective image via

The modern, molecular hunt for the world’s biodiversity

Forget the pith helmet and butterfly net. Discovering biodiversity now is much more about metagenomics and the 0's and 1's of digital databases.
HMS Terror thrown up by the ice. Engraving after a drawing by Captain George Back, from his 1836-37 Arctic expedition. Captain George Back/Wikimedia Commons , PD-UK

Inuit folklore kept alive story of missing Franklin expedition to north-west passage

On September 6, Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, announced that one of the fabled lost ships of Sir John Franklin’s expedition had been found off Hat Island, south-west of King William Island…
The jungles of Papua New Guinea: exotic, remote, and full of frogs. Euan Ritchie

Hunting tree kangaroos in the mountains of Papua New Guinea

I have just returned from the jungles of Papua New Guinea, where for two weeks a team of us have set camera traps that will collect vital information about the biodiversity of this remote region. It’s…
Cameron’s voyage was a source of genuine wonder … so why the sinking feeling? Mark Thiessen/EPA

James Cameron and the Mariana Trench sparks titanic angst

Today as I ate lunch, Titanic, Terminator and Avatar director James Cameron was at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the ocean. We know this for a couple of reasons. Not only did he…

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