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NASA confirms it, Mars was once "suitable" for life

Curiosity rover successfully drilled into a Martian rock, giving us a peek at the Red Planet's habitable history. The 1.8-inch-wide scoop of powdered rock revealed that ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

"We have found a habitable environment that is so benign and supportive of life that, if this water had been around and you had been on the planet, you would have been able to drink it," said John Grotzinger, Curiosity project scientist.

After breaking down and analyzing the powder, scientists found the rock contained sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — all key chemical ingredients for life.

Via Mashable: http://on.mash.to/YYflQA 
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As long as I'm in promotion-mode, I have to plug my boy Geoffrey Arend's crazy/brilliant/awesome/did-I-mention-CRAZY video! ;-)
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Indiana bill would force doctors to rape women having abortions. Twice. 

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Because the garage doors are old and decrepit and won't take a padlock, and because the neighbors store personal effects down there, and because the landlady refuses to fix them, this seems to be about all I can do. Probably will not be effective, but I have to try something. The idea of Amanda stumbling over a homeless person hiding in the garage at 4 o'clock in the morning on her way to work does not fill me with joy. We've already caught someone in there recently. #citylife
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Comics Wednesday

Uncanny X-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo
The rebooted flagship mutant title produced in me a resounding "meh." While I've never been a fan of Bachalo's work, and have at times actively disliked it, I've been a steadfast Bendis-phile since his early New Avengers days. Still, Bachalo's art is too awkward and too cluttered to serve Bendis' storytelling style. Bendis' characters are chatty, his scripts banter-oriented, and that makes extreme action-oriented Bachalo an ill fit for this writer. More importantly, the revelation regarding the identity of the traitor in Cyclops' X-Men is resoundingly anticlimactic, and how could it be otherwise, when his core team is nothing but former villains? That any of them might turn on Scott is not a question of "Why?" but "Why now?" And that doesn't make for a particularly compelling series premise.

Batman #17 by Scott Synder and Greg Capullo
The fact that this powerhouse creative team produced such Bat-boilerplate as #17 bums me out. What could have been a franchise-revitalizing ending to an epic tale has instead become a trite, tepid reinforcement of the status quo. I suppose I shouldn't complain too loudly; I know that Snyder cannot write Gail Simone and others out of a job (nor would I want him to, practically speaking). But this issue starts so shockingly and with so much promise that, in hindsight, it couldn't fail to disappoint---stories such as what 'Death of the Family' should have been are not the stuff of monthly comics, but one-shot, Elseworlds-style graphic novels. That's a shame, considering this tidy, cliched conclusion to an otherwise masterful arc.  

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What in the actual fuck? Sometimes I feel like we know almost nothing about our planet.
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