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    Biologists have discovered the secret to the evolutionary longevity of bdelloid rotifers. These organisms are able to avoid parasites by drying up until they are exposed to a fresh drop of water. These unique lifeforms are helping scientists understand the complexities of life on Earth
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    Astronomers have discovered a brown dwarf that is the coolest sub-stellar body ever found outside our solar system. Astrobiologists study brown dwarfs in order to learn more about stars and star formation. Ultimately, this will help us determine the best places to search for extrasolar
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    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is now taking suggestions from the public on which sights to photograph on the martian surface. MRO has returned an immense amount of data for astrobiologists trying to understand the past habitability of Mars, and now members of the public have
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    A new project aims to replicate the surface on the moon Titan in order to learn more about its hydrocarbon lakes. This study could also tell us about the chemistry that led to the origin of life on early Earth.
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  • A Stationary Spirit
    NASA has now designated the Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, a 'stationary science platform'. For months, the rover has been unable to free itself from a sand trap on Mars. Although Spirit is now immobile, the rover will continue to perform scientific studies that will help
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    Scientists have attributed the different surfaces and interior states of Jupiter's moons Ganymede and Callisto to cometary impacts that occurred some 3.8 billion years ago. The study in comparative planetology shows how influences from space can shape the formation of celestial bodies.
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    NASA´s IceBite team are studying one of the few spots on Earth where the terrain resembles that of the Phoenix landing site on Mars. The place: a mile above sea level in Antarctica´s Dry Valleys. The goal: to test ice-penetrating drills for a future Mars
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  • Spirit Struggles While Opportunity Rocks
    NASA's Mars exploration rovers continue to return science data that will help astrobiologists understand the past environment of Mars. Opportunity has discovered a unique rock that is allowing scientists to glimpse deep inside Mars. Meanwhile, Spirit has been struggling to free itself from a difficult
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    A new report from the National Research Council lays out options NASA could follow to detect more near-Earth objects. In the past, asteroid and comet impacts have had profound effects on the evolution of life. Many scientists speculate that impacts could also alter the future
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    Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, features a recent essay by Jim Hansen of NASA GISS. In this essay, he describes his frustration with the media´s approach to the climate controversy.
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    The first microbiological survey of Mars analog lakes in Western Australia is offering new evidence of the diverse life that could have once thrived on Mars.
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    By studying how alligators breathe, scientists have drawn new connections between the reptiles and modern birds. Their breathing method may have helped the dinosaurs' ancestors dominate the planet after one of Earth's worst mass extinctions.
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    A new study has confirmed that planet formation is a natural by-product of star formation, even around stars that are much larger than the Sun. However, it is not likely that planets around large stars could support complex forms of life.
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    NASA´s IceBite team are studying a spot on Earth where the terrain resembles that of the Phoenix landing site on Mars. The place: a mile above sea level in Antarctica´s McMurdo Dry Valleys. The goal: to test ice-penetrating drills for a future mission to Mars.
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  • Looking for Life in the Multiverse
    Could our universe be just one among countess universes that emerged from the same primordial vacuum? And if so... could other universes be inhabited by life? In a recent article, theorists from Florida State University and the Weizmann Institute discussed these questions and the answers
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