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    In just 43 days of observations, NASA's Kepler mission found over 750 candidates for extrasolar planets. 706 of them are potentially from as small as Earth to around the size of Jupiter. Dimitar Sasselov, Co-Investigator for Kepler, recently spoke of the results at TED
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    Astronomers have discovered two planetary systems with gas giant planets locked in an 'orbital embrace.' If the planets weren't doing such a well synchronized dance, the closely spaced gas giants would be destroyed quickly. The finding provides new insight into the formation and evolution of
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    Future missions to the Moon or Mars could use plants as bio-harvesters to extract valuable elements from the alien soils.
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    Scientists have reported there is a one-in-a-thousand chance of an asteroid colliding with the Earth in the year 2182. Asteroid '(101955) 1999 RQ36' is 560 meters in diameter and could cause major problems no matter where it hit on the planet.
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    Every day, millions of microorganisms travel with the wind from one place on Earth to another. Bacteria, funguses and viruses on dust particles can move thousands of kilometers. A team of researchers has now found that the phenomenon is escalating with climate change.
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    Astrobiology Magazine´s field research editor Henry Bortman spent a week alongside members of the Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP) in British Columbia, Canada. In Bortman´s sixth and final report, he describes a day trip to collect nasty-smelling microbial slime at nearby lakes.
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    An expedition partially funded by NASA has discovered the deepest known hydrothermal vent in the world. Studying the site, 5000 meters below the Caribbean Sea, can help astrobiologists understand the limits of life on Earth.
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    Astronomers have discovered a star that is 300 times the mass of the Sun - twice as large as the previously accepted limit for the size of stars. The finding could alter theories of how solar systems form and evolve.
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    For 50 years we've been scanning the skies for signals from intelligent aliens. Now, scientists are wondering if there is a better approach. A new theory is bringing economics into the fold with the search for 'cost-optimized' signals from alien civilizations.
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    By calculating where photosynthesis might be possible around the galaxy, scientists are developing a new way to figure out where Earth-like planets with life might be located.
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    NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, completed its first survey of the entire sky. Among the more than one million images of everything from asteroids to distant galaxies, WISE has discovered over 90 near-Earth objects.
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    "The thermosphere", the layer of Earth's atmosphere that meets space, recently collapsed and is now rebounding again...and we don't know why. The thermosphere is important because it shields us from the Sun's Extreme Ultraviolet Photons.
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    Astrobiology Magazine´s field research editor Henry Bortman is spending a week alongside members of the Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP) in British Columbia, Canada. In Bortman´s fifth report, he talks with astronauts participating in PLRP.
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    Scientists have found evidence of lake-level changes on Saturn's moon, Titan. Titan is the only world aside from Earth than is known to have a hydrological cycle. Studying Titan's hydrology can help astrobiologists understand how such cycles operate beyond Earth, and could have implications for
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    Astronomers have confirmed the existence of a gas giant planet, named HD 209458b, that is orbiting so close to its star that its heated atmosphere is escaping into space. Studying the 'cometary planet' can provide new information about the evolution of planets and the variety
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