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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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India Envisions Robotic Mars Voyage
2 September 2009 9:44 am
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced this week that it has the technical capability to undertake a crewless mission to Mars and has begun asking scientists to suggest experiments. Speaking on Monday at the inauguration of the International Conference on Low Cost Planetary Missions being held in Goa, India, G. Madhavan Nair, chair of ISRO, said, "we have thrown our call for proposals to different scientific communities; depending on the type of experiments they propose, we will be able to plan the Mars mission." In a draft planning document, Vision 2025, ISRO describes big dreams that include a crewless mission to Mars before 2015. The government has not yet endorsed the proposal.