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Icebreaking Mars
Topic: Missions
Summary: NASA Scientists have outlined a new lander mission to Mars, dubbed ‘Icebreaker.' According to their study, the lander could soon be ready to drill beneath the surface of Mars and search for signs of past or present life.

Rare Fossilized 500 Million Years Old Embryos
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Researchers have found rare fossilized embryos from the Cambrian period. Their methods of study may help with future interpretation of evolutionary history.

The Birth of a Saturn Moon
Topic: Saturn system
Summary: NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon.

Four-Eyed Daddy Longlegs Fossil Fills in Evolutionary Tree
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: New research indicates that primitive daddy longlegs had two pairs of eyes, adding significant details to the evolutionary story of this diverse and highly successful group.

An Ancient Impact that Dwarfs K-T
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: Scientists have identified a 3.26 billion-year-old impact crater that has a diameter up to two and a half times larger than the Chicxulub crater.

Beauty from Chaos
Topic: Mars
Summary: Beautiful streamlined islands and narrow gorges were carved by fast-flowing water pounding through a small, plateau region near the southeastern margin of the vast Vallis Marineris canyon system.

Continents May Be A Key Feature of Super-Earths
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: Super-Earths could have active tectonics that expose land masses, and need not be water-worlds.

Sunken Logs Create New Worlds for Seafloor Animals
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: A new paper shows that wood-boring clams serve as "ecosystem engineers," making the organic matter in the wood available to other animals that colonize wood falls in the deep waters of Monterey Canyon.

Testing Life's Origins around Deep Sea Vents
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Scientists are exploring the theory that simple metabolic reactions could have led to the origin of life around hot springs on the sea floor.

Ancient Volcanic Explosions Shed Light on Mercury’s Origins
Topic: Mercury
Summary: More detailed data from MESSENGER shows that volcanoes exploded on Mercury for a substantial portion of the planet's history. The findings suggest Mercury not only had volatiles but held on to them for longer than scientists had expected.

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