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Study Resolves Controversy Over Nitrogen's Ocean 'Exit Strategies'
Topic: Biosphere
04/18/14
Summary: New findings may settle a decades-long debate over how nitrogen is removed from the ocean. Understanding nitrogen cycling is crucial to understanding the productivity of the oceans as well as the global climate.

First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star
Topic: New Planets
04/18/14
Summary: Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

Climate Change Drove Evolution of Ice Age Predators
Topic: Biosphere
04/17/14
Summary: New scientific studies at the La Brea Tar Pits are probing the link between climate warming and the evolution of Ice Age predators, attempting to predict how animals will respond to climate change today.

Icebreaking Mars
Topic: Missions
04/17/14
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
04/16/14
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
04/16/14
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
04/15/14
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
04/15/14
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
04/14/14
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
04/14/14
Summary: Super-Earths could have active tectonics that expose land masses, and need not be water-worlds.

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