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2008-09-27 09:00:17

By AARON MACKEY Mars may have had water coursing through its red soil for a billion years longer than scientists previously had thought, increasing the possibility that the planet could have supported life, research conducted by a Tucson-based institute shows. Using high-resolution images from a camera developed at the University of Arizona, researchers with the Planetary Science Institute examined soil deposits on plains that surround a vast canyon network that runs around the planet's...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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