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Here is your live blog for the day.

Indisputable.

A body of water on Mars? We've known for a couple of decades that water on Mars has been trapped in rocks. And this picture of a hillside on Mars taken a few months apart strongly suggests the presence of flowing water on the red planet.

But an actual body of water?

Nature:

A large saltwater lake seems to lurk under ice near Mars’s south pole. If confirmed, it would be the first body of liquid water ever detected on the red planet and a significant milestone in the quest to determine whether life exists there.

“It’s a very promising place to look for life on Mars,” says Roberto Orosei, a planetary scientist at the National Institute of Astrophysics in Bologna, Italy. “But we do not know for sure if it is inhabited.” On Earth, similar ‘subglacial’ lakes are home to microbial life.

A team of Italian researchers, led by Orosei, reported the discovery on 25 July in Science1. They spotted evidence of the buried lake in radar data from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft.

Others say that the work is tantalizing but, like anything else in the controversial hunt for water on Mars, it needs more supporting evidence. “It’s not quite a slam dunk yet,” says Jeffrey Plaut, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who has searched for water using data from Mars Express.

As with just about any other discovery on the red planet, confirmation awaits human exploration.

 

This is CNN.

Not surprisingly, a biohazard team had to be called in to help with Portland's Occupy Ice clean-up:

Looks like the occupiers left a lot of junk behind:

 

Southern California home sales crash, a warning sign to the nation.

Uh-oh:

Sales of both new and existing houses and condominiums dropped 11.8 percent year over year, as prices shot up to a record high, according to CoreLogic.

The median price paid for all Southern California homes sold in June was a record $536,250, according to CoreLogic, a 7.3 percent increase compared to June of 2017.

In the past, California, one of the largest housing markets in the nation, has been a predictor for the rest of the country.

Given that every level of government in California has been waging war on affordable housing, and that it is the state with by far the largest percentage of people on welfare, and suffers huge disparities in wealth...

Well, given all that, I'm not sure just how much of a predictor California still is.

On the other had, we are overdue for an economic correction, interest rates are on the rise, and the current chaos in international trade is adding to the uncertainty.

So keep your eyes open and be prepared.