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Curiosity Rover Discovers This Evidence For Past Life On Mars

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curiosityOne of the goals of the Curiosity Rover is to try to find evidence indicating whether life ever existed on Mars. Thanks to its work so far, we know that Mars still retains water in its surface soil. Scientists also know that Mars used to be warmer and wetter than it is now. Examinations of meteorites of Martian origin reveal organic compounds, suggesting not only that conditions there were once favorable, but that the planet did indeed harbor life. Now, Curiosity has found additional evidence supporting both of those hypotheses.

In order to determine whether life has ever existed on Mars, scientists have been looking for evidence of three criteria: water, life-supporting elements (carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, phosphorus), and a long enough period of time in which those conditions were present. It’s that last part that has proven problematic, as previous estimates about the amount of time when those conditions existed was in the neighborhood of hundreds of thousands of years—not very long at all when it comes to creating life out of chemical soup.

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Cross The Streams: Hulu Goes British With Doctor Who, Red Dwarf And Life On Mars

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(Affects best possible British accent ever) “‘Ello, luvs. Just popped by to let you streamers know that Hulu got pissed on Old Fashioneds the other night and dropped a bunch of U.K. sci-fi round for everyone to get a gander at. While some episodes listed below are available on Hulu, most need the Hulu Plus subscription, but they’re the only place doing the job this week, so how’s about a pat on the bum for them?” That all fell apart before it got started. Get out your spare time for TV marathons, because you’re going to need it this week.

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Doctor Who: Various Episodes, Seasons 1 – 26 (1963-1989)
There’s not too much that I can explain about the great Time Lord that 75 episodes won’t. What’s available is a seemingly random assortment of storylines. You’ll find that Colin Baker’s two seasons are absent, though most of Tom Baker’s seven seasons are here. If anything, I’m assuming this is a good crash course for people who never kept up with the classic era of Doctor Who. (Like me.) Take note that most of these are probably the same ones that Netflix has.

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Life On Mars Creator Writing Parallel Worlds Show For Fox

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Writer Matthew Graham worked in British television for over a decade before he made a huge splash with the brilliant, mind-bending Life on Mars, which he co-created, and then with its spin-off series, Ashes to Ashes. His next project is jumping the pond onto American television, but it sounds like it could be just as trippy as Life on Mars. Graham is penning a new science fiction series, Para Time, for Fox.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Para Time will focus on a group that polices parallel worlds. So, maybe a more procedural version of Sliders? Either way, with Graham involved, this is one I’ll be keeping my eye on. Unfortunately, the other name in the equation – Fox – doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to backing science fiction shows and giving them time to grow and find an audience. If Graham brings a truly compelling show to the table and then Fox cancels it after two episodes because it isn’t beating Dancing with the Stars in the ratings, that’ll be a damn shame.

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Life On Mars Is Dying Out

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lifeonmarsI guess I’m not the only one who never got around to watching ABC’s modern cop trapped in the 70s show, Life on Mars. io9 has been watching the series’ ratings over on TV By the Numbers, and they say it’s sinking fast.

What few viewers the show had seem to be jumping ship. It’s consistently dropping in the ratings. So much for mainstreamed science fiction on prime time network TV.

I blame myself… because like most of you I’m not watching it. Before it aired, Life on Mars seemed like something to be excited about. It has Colm Meaney for god’s sake! But then it sort of slipped off the radar and when I finally did tune in for a few minutes of the show one night, it seemed like a miserable, half-thought out bore. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I just need to give it a chance, but it’s certainly no Quantum Leap.

At least their effects budget should be fairly cheap. All they really need to make the show happen are some leftover 70s cruisers rescued from a junkyard, an easily grown porn-stache, and a few bad, 70s suits picked up from the local resale shop. Maybe whatever viewers it has left (5 million or so currently) will be enough to keep Life on Mars in orbit.

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Chief O’Brien Assists A Time Traveling Cop On ABC

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lifeonmars78943.jpgABC has announced their new lineup of shows for this fall, and among them is a time travel series called Life on Mars. Weird name for a time travel story, I know, but the show is about a modern day police detective transported back to 1973 where he continues to work as a cop.

The really exciting thing here is that among the cast is Star Trek: Deep Space 9 alum Colm Meaney. Since DS9 Meaney has made his mark as a seriously talented character actor. The guy’s worth following around just about anywhere he goes. He’s due for a breakout role, maybe this will finally be it.

Here’s ABC’s full description of the show: