• On July 11, 2011, Neptune made its first full orbit of the Sun since its discovery in 1846.
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  • New research is shedding light on how 'hole punch' clouds are formed. The study could help explain local weather phenomenon, such as increased precipitation around major airports.
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  • Scientists have discovered previously unknown volcanoes in the Southern Ocean. The volcanic activity may provide a habitat for unique forms of life.
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  • New research shows that the genetic instructions for developing limbs were present in primitive fish millions of years before animals walked on land. The findings provide new insight into the mechanisms behind the evolution of life on our planet.
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  • Recent findings may change scientific opinion about the shape of the Big Bang.
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  • The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is the driest place in the world, and an environment that resembles Mars in the ancient past. In this third in a series of reports, Field Research Editor Henry Bortman recounts a day of activities at Bea Hills.
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  • The largest digital camera ever built for a space mission has been constructed for the European Space Agency's Galaxy-mapping Gaia mission. Gaia will map a billion stars over its five-year mission. Studying stars could help astrobiologists identify those which are capable of supporting habitable worlds.
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  • As the Dawn spacecraft closes in on the asteroid Vesta, researchers are looking for an 'asteroid moon.'
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  • Observations from the Herschel Space Observatory reveal that an exploding star expelled the equivalent of between 160,000 and 230,000 Earth masses of fresh dust.
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  • Cassini has spotted the largest Super Storm yet seen on Saturn.
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