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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Martian ‘farts’ exciting NASA scientists

A spike in methane detected by the Mars rover Curiosity on the big red planet has NASA scientists once again hopeful they will find signs of active life.

SEATTLEPI.COM

The point when science becomes publicity

How does exaggeration make its way into health news? A study today says, blame academia. 

THE ATLANTIC

NASA launches Orion

The spacecraft, said to clear the way for human travel to Mars, was successfully launched Friday.

NASA

The evolutionary importance of alcohol

An evolutionary biologist from Gainsville thinks our ability to digest fermented fruit was key to our survival. 

NPR

Geologists may have solved 1872 quake mystery

Geologists feel they're close to finding the origin of the large earthquake that rattled the region in 1872.

SEATTLE TIMES

Transplant hands recover feeling over years

A new study suggests that transplanted hands can slowly recover feeling thanks to changes in the brain.

SEATTLE TIMES

Comet probe goes silent

There's a chance Philae may get enough sunlight to revive in the future.

THE GUARDIAN (UK)

Philae: An update and explanation

Philae, the spacecraft currently sitting on comet P67, is not getting the solar charge it wanted. What does that mean?

VOX

What is thundersnow?

Thunder during a snow storm is exceedingly rare. Recent occurences in the mid-west were due to "lake-effect."

SLATE

Spacecraft lands on comet

The European Space Agency has a put a spacecraft, named Philae, on the surface of comet 67P.

NEW YORK TIMES
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