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    A team of astrophysicists has determined that a massive planet outside our solar system is being distorted and destroyed by its host star. The finding provides further information about how planets can form and evolve in other solar systems.
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    Scientists have created an extremely small RNA molecule that can catalyze a key reaction needed to synthesize proteins, the building blocks of life. The team believes that their findings could shed light on life's early origins on Earth.
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    Scientists and students interested in astrobiology will want to make an odyssey to two conferences this year: AbSciCon and AbGradCon.
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    High-impact lab experiments simulate whether the building blocks of life could have survived the rough arrival on Earth via meteorite impact.
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    Newly released images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal a forest of new jets spraying from prominent fractures on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Relatively warm temperatures were also observed along fractures, potentially caused by water vapor propelling the ice-particle jets of the plumes.
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    Scientists have discovered a ocean-dwelling microbe that survives with a remarkably reduced set of genes. Dubbed a 'metabolic minimalist', the unique cyanobacteria plays an important role in the global cycling of nitrogen on Earth.
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    Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, discusses the interconnection of Earth's natural systems and how vulnerable this makes us to the forces of nature. From violent earthquakes to thinning glaciers, we are only beginning to understand how our biosphere, climate and planet interact.
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    Researchers have developed a detailed and dynamic 3-D model of Earth's ocean chemistry 635-551 million years ago. The study could significantly advance our understanding of how early animal life evolved on the planet.
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    NASA's Stardust spacecraft was the first to collect samples from a comet and return them to Earth. Now, the spacecraft is preparing for another cometary visit. The craft is now scheduled to perform a flyby of the comet Tempel 1 in 2011.
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    Scientists have proposed an answer to a long-standing question concerning the formation of the Earth's interior and the gases that lie trapped deep beneath our planet's surface. The research will help astrobiologists understand how our planet formed and ultimately became habitable for life.
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    A new technique is being developed to detect water in the protoplanetary disks of other solar systems. If successful, it would help in our understanding of how habitable planets form.
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    ESA's Mars Express has begun a series of flybys of Phobos, the largest moon of Mars. New data from Phobos will help scientists understand how the moon was formed.
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    NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft sailed beyond the outermost planet in our solar system 22 years ago. As a parting gift, the craft turned its camera back toward the Sun and captured a family portrait of the planets. The image showed the Earth as a tiny
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    The possibility that life was shared between Earth and Mars could be tested with a DNA analyzer. One research team has built a prototype and plans field tests on a South American volcano.
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    Other than Saturn's moon Enceladus, there are just a few active moons in the solar system - including Neptune's Triton and Jupiter's Io. Some scientists believe that Saturn holds more.
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