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Is this a Martian fart?

18 December 2014

Interesting observations are being made on the surface of Mars.

The Curiosity rover has encountered some anomalous "bursts" of methane gas on the surface of the red planet. One of the possible sources of this gas is microbial life, probably living well below the sanitizing wash of ultraviolet light from the sun.

Beneath the barren topsoil may also lay enough water to support primitive organisms which are capable of metabolising various "food" sources into methane which then slowly seeps upwards to the surface -- possibly in small venting events.

Of course the presence of methane doesn't guarantee that life exists on Mars, but it does significantly boost the odds.

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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