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Image 1 - New Mystery On Mars' Forgotten Plains
2011-10-12 09:23:41

One of the supposedly best understood and least interesting landscapes on Mars is hiding something that could rewrite the planet´s history. Or not. In fact, about all that is certain is that decades of assumptions regarding the wide, flat Hesperia Planum are not holding up very well under renewed scrutiny with higher-resolution, more recent spacecraft data. "Most scientists don't want to work on the flat things," noted geologist Tracy Gregg of The University at Buffalo, State...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'