Verge ESP: Water on Mars, Matt Damon on Mars, and why is Liz so mad


It's not the first time someone's suggested liquid water flows, but this week's result does provide new evidence. Liz and Emily discuss hipster scientists ("Congratulations — you've discovered water on Mars for the 1,000th time!"), the relatively slow pace of scientific discovery and confirmation, and what the finding means for the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Emily wonders if all the excitement is due to Matt Damon's The Martian, which comes out on Friday — and which is part of a new trend in space movies to examine the nuts-and-bolts problems of survival.

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