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    For the first time, astronomers have witnessed a key stage in the birth of giant planets around a young star.
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    In the top story of 2012, NASA achieves success at Mars with the landing of the Curiosity rover. Curiosity’s first successful drive across the martian landscape was cause for celebration, and we took pause to reflect on MSL’s long-term goals. (Originally published on 08/27/12)
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    As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 2, researchers announced the discovery of a new super-Earth planet in the habitable zone of a nearby star dubbed HD 40307. (Orignally published on 11/07/12)
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    As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 3, scientists announced that the Tissint meteorite showed evidence that it interacted with water on the martian surface before it made its long journey to Earth. (Originally published 10/14/12)
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    As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 4, NASA's Opportunity rover continued to make discoveries as it began an incredible 9th year of science operations on Mars. (Originally published 05/01/2012)
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    As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 5, a team of Russian scientists announced that, after more than 15 years of stop-and-go drilling, they had drilled through the ice of Antarctica's Lake Vostok. (Originally published on 02/16/12)
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    As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 6, the Kepler team released a new catalog containing 1,091 candidate planets, including some that could be smaller than twice the size of Earth. (Originally published on 03/10/12)
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    As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 7, preliminary results in the search for the Higgs boson were announced. The sub-atmoic particle could be key to understanding how the Universe began and explaining the existence of life.
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    As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 8, scientists revealed that Saturn's moon Titan likely harbors a layer of liquid water under its shell. The findings could have implications in the search for life in our solar
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    As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 9, NASA reported that the Dawn spacecraft had revealed the varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes, and clues about the internal structure of the asteroid Vesta. (Originally published on 04/28/12)
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    As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 10, scientists watched a rare transit of Venus as it crossed the face of the Sun. Why has Venus been an object worthy of ogling for hundreds of centuries? (Originally
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    Volcanic activity can cause short-term variations in climate. Now, new research shows that the reverse is also true.
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    New calculations indicate that seeing infertile areas of the oceans would cause enough of an increase in photosynthesizing marine life to address carbon emissions.
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    A new study shows that the unique cellular structure and function of palm trees may contribute to their long life-span.
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    A surprising number of microorganisms are hitching rides in the upper troposphere and crossing the Pacific Ocean from Asia to North America.
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