• A laser beam to the Moon from NASA’s Lunar Lasercom Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory (OCTL) Terminal. Credit: NASA
    Scientists have shown that broadband connectivity with speeds similar to those on Earth could be provided on other locations in the Solar System.
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  • Some Sun-like stars are ‘Earth-eaters.’ Credit: Vanderbilt
    A new model is helping astronomers identify Sun-like stars that have ‘ingested’ the Earth-like planets that once orbited them.
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  • Image showing the remnants of a crater that UAlberta researchers theorize was left by a massive meteorite strike sometime in the last 70 million years. Colour variation shows metres above sea level. Credit: Glombick et al., 2014 / University of Alberta / Alberta Geological Survey
    Scientists have found what they believe to be evidence of a powerful, ancient impact event in Canada’s Alberta province.
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  • This MARCI image from MRO is a composite mosaic of the north polar cap. The images were taken at midnight, 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. martian time, during the summer when the sun is always shining in the polar region. The image shows the mostly water-ice perennial cap (white area), sitting atop the north polar layered materials (light tan immediately adjacent to the ice), and the dark circumpolar dunes. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS
    A new study shows how radiation exposure could destroy one of life’s most basic building blocks – even when it’s encased in ice for protection.
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  • Scientists collected data with the Zeppelin NT as part of the EU project PEGASOS. Credit: Forschungszentrum Jülich / Florian Rubach
    A new study is helping scientists understand the source of nitrous acid, or HONO, in Earth's lower atmosphere. HONO plays an important role in controlling atmospheric pollution on Earth.
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    Scientists have reported that seven potential samples of interstellar dust have been found in the collectors of NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
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    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.
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  • Ripples in the Water in the Lakes of Titan
    New observations of Titan show how varied activity at the Saturnian moon’s surface can be. One study could even feature the first-ever detection of waves on the surface of a sea beyond planet Earth.
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    Scientists have solved an enigma about naturally occurring aerosol particles in Earth’s atmosphere. What might the discovery mean in the search for biosignatures on other worlds?
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    Scientists have documented how a leech is able to survive cycles of freezing and thawing, and temperatures as low as -196°C.
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    It seems like anywhere you look on Earth, microorganisms are there – even kilometers beneath the Earth’s surface where sunlight never reaches. Scientists are just beginning to understand Earth’s deep subsurface biosphere, but a new study might help determine just how far down microbes can
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    The European Space Agency has selected a new space-based mission to detect extrasolar planets. Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) is planned for launch by 2024.
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    A new study on the effect of frequent impacts on the crust of the early Earth could help determine whether or not evidence of these violent events can still be found in the planet's geological record.
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    Researchers have compared the effects of human activities with historic periods of climate change using data collected from wetlands along the lower Hudson River. Over the past millennium, humankind has had the greatest impact on ecosystem change at the study sites.
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    At 7pm EST today, gURLs in Space is hosting a Google+ Hangout with HI-SEAS Researcher, Dr. Yajaira Sierra-Sastre.
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