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    New research shows that the convergence of three atmospheric patterns in 2010 and 2011 cause so much precipitation over Australia that the world's ocean levels dropped.
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    New observations have shown that not all free-floating planets were thrown out of planetary systems. Cold clouds in space have all the right characteristics to form planets, even though there is no parent star.
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    NASA's Curiosity rover has captured a movie of Mars' larger moon, Phobos, passes directly in front of the smaller moon, Deimos.
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    Scientists have presented a new and different model to explain data gathered from NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. The publication argues that Voyager 1 has been detecting the interstellar magnetic field since July of 2012.
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    A new study shows that Antarctic warming began earlier than previously thought at the end of the last ice age.
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  • New Robotic Explorer to Search for Deep Sea DNA
    Significant steps have been made in proving the feasibility of using fleets of autonomous robots to search for exotic life forms in the depths of Earth's oceans.
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    During human missions in orbit, astronauts are joined by an entourage of microbial travelers. Now, a new study is helping to reveal how spaceflight changes the behavior of bacterial communities.
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    Astrobiologists have advanced a theory about life’s origins based on the idea of “reservoir-mediated energy.” It involves cells constantly filling up and depleting a chemical reservoir that is created by pushing a lot more protons onto one side of a membrane than the other.
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    A new study shows that an ancient relative of mammals did not evolve any fundamentally new features following the largest mass extinction in Earth's history.
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    Researchers studying fruit flies have discovered a previously unknown molecular sensor. Animals survive in a very limited temperature range, and little is known about how they developed temperature sensors to detect this narrow margin.
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    Some 10 to 40 tons of meteoric dust enters Earth's atmosphere every day. Studying this material could teach astrobiologists about the early Solar System and provide clues about the origin of life on Earth.
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  • Stars Don’t Obliterate Their Planets Very Often
    A new study using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope shows that hot Jupiters are not regularly consumed by their host stars.
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    Using computer simulations, scientists have demonstrated that the ice-age/warm-period cycle on Earth depends heavily on the alternating influence of continental ice sheets and climate.
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    A new technique is allowing scientists study samples that are heated and squeezed within an electron microscope. Researchers have used the method to reveal new clues about how and where carbon is located within Earth's interior.
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    Measurements indicate that the Sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip, and the event will have effects throughout the Solar System.
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