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    When studying eight 'hot Jupiter' planets, astronomers found that winds and clouds play an important role in their atmospheric makeups.
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    Astronomers have detected the spectral fingerprint of water molecules in an exoplanet atmosphere. The findings prove the effectiveness of a new technique that will allow astrobiologists to search for water on distant planets without the need for space-based telescopes.
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    A new study could allow astronomers to observe shockwaves created when charged particles crash into the magnetic fields of planets around distant stars. Studying the magnetospheres of extrasolar planets could help determine if they are habitable for life as we know it.
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    A new study indicates that 2 billion years from now, as the aging Sun heats the Earth, life on our planet will only survive in pockets of liquid water deep below the surface. The findings could have implications in the search for life on distant
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    A new study casts doubt on the idea that red dwarf stars could host numerous habitable planets in the Universe. The magnetic field of such stars could adversely affect the magnetic fields of orbiting planets, leaving life at their surfaces vulnerable to space radiation.
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    A rover named Zoë recently traveled to the dry, harsh terrain of Chile's Atacama Desert. Equipped with a drill, cameras, spectrometers and other sensors, Zoë spent two weeks analyzing the soil from above and below the surface, providing valuable data for future missions to Mars.
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    A new study raises questions about climate models of the early Pliocene Earth. During this period in history, the Earth was warmer than today. As the modern earth warms, studying the Pliocene could provide clues about the future of life on Earth.
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    New data from the Curiosity rover indicates that much of Mars' original atmosphere has been lost, but what remains is still quite active.
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    NASA's Astrophysics Explorer Program has selected two missions for launch in 2017. One of the missions is the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which will use an array of telescopes to search for transiting exoplanets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants.
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    A new study shows that volcanic activity on Jupiter's moon Io is not where models predicted it would be. The study provides new insight into the processes behind tidal heating.
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    Scientists have decoded the genome of one of Earth's most abundant turtle species. The findings can teach us a lot about evolution and the unique survival strategies of turtles.
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    A new study shows that molecules similar to those used in generating energy in modern cells may have been formed on the early Earth when meteorites containing phosphorus crashed in the pools of hot, acidic liquid near around volcanoes.
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    A new research project is focusing on two challenges in the quest to understand turbulence in protoplanetary disks and the role that it plays in planet formation.
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    A new study indicates that impacts on the Moon may not wipe out mineralogical signature found in the pre-impact rocks.
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    A new study on tadpole shrimps calls into question the use of the term 'living fossil.' Tadpole shrimp resemble ancient fossils, but the study shows that they are much younger in terms of their evolutionary history.
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