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  • Scientists have taken a page from nature when designing tough new robots. Like tadpoles turning into frogs, the new robots change their body forms while learning how to walk. The study might be able to help in developing mobile robots for future exploration missions to
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  • Scientists have discovered that one type of amoebae increases its odds of survival through a rudimentary form of agriculture. The behavior highlights a unique method by which the organisms increase their ability to survive and evolve.
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  • NASA´s NEOWISE mission has completed its survey of small bodies, asteroids and comets, in our solar system. The data will help astrobiologists understand the nature of these space objects and whether or not the Earth is at risk of future impacts.
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  • Scientists and artists have collaborated to address looming environmental issues. Works included those that address issues related to astrobiology, including the relationship between life and the biosphere. The art show took place in early February at Arizona State University.
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  • Long-awaited data collected by ESA's CryoSat mission has now been released to the public. Early results are helping scientists understand circulation in the Arctic Ocean and the links between climate and arctic ice. The data will help astrobiologists understand what is in store for the
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  • Scientists have discovered that on rare occasions, DNA takes on a different shape than its typical helix structure. This could mean that 'multiple layers' of information are stored in the genetic code.
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  • This year, NASA will launch its final Space Shuttle missions. The development of the Shuttle had sprung from the supersonic rocket planes of Chuck Yeager, and was an answer to the question: what is the best way to send man into space?
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  • Researchers have discovered new details surrounding the second-largest mass extinction in Earth's history. The new study shows that a loss of more than 75 percent of species in the world's oceans may have been linked to a cooling climate.
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  • An advanced rocket propulsion concept calls for heating a rocket´s propellant by focusing energy on it from ground-based lasers or microwave sources. The technology could cut the cost of putting payloads into orbit by a factor of five or more.
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  • A Day in the Life of Spirit
    Imagine spending a quarter of a cross-country trip devoted to backtracking. Imagine obstacles thrown randomly in your path--some soft trenches, others boulders the size of your wheel axle clearance. Imagine finally seeing the landscape crawl by at only inches per second.
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