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Laser Fluorescence Could Find Life on Mars


June 23, 2008

rock sample A team of scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom has developed a technique using ultraviolet light to identify organic matter in soils that they say could be used to document the existence of life on Mars. Full Story

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