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    NASA recently selected 20 small satellites to fly as auxiliary cargo aboard rockets that are planned to launch in 2011 and 2012. The 'CubeSats' include the ExoPlanetSat, which will aid in the search for Earth-like planets by monitoring a single star.
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  • Digital Zookeepers Take a Census
    Cataloguing the taxonomy of an entire planet's history, a 'digital zoo' holds great promise for resolving century-old debates about how the Earth got to be such a rich spawning ground for life's diversity.
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  • Earth from Afar: A Tiny Flickering Dot
    With over 70 planets identified around distant stars, astronomers are now looking for ways to classify which ones are most like Earth -- that is to say, the ones most likely with biological potential.
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  • Warm-nosed Robot Breaks the Ice
    An adventurous science team recently returned from deep Norwegian glacial fields, having tested an instrument which may be used to explore areas beneath frozen surfaces of other worlds.
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  • Earthshine
    When the crescent moon is just a sliver each month, the phrase--'old moon in the young moon's arms'-- poetically describes a marvel of nature.
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  • Warm-nosed Robot Breaks the Ice
    An adventurous science team returned from the deep Norwegian glacial fields, having tested an instrument which may be used to explore areas beneath the frozen surfaces of other worlds.
    more...
  • Digital Zookeepers Take a Census
    Cataloguing the taxonomy of an entire planet's history, a 'digital zoo' holds great promise for resolving century-old debates about how the Earth got to be such a rich spawning ground for life's diversity.
    more...
  • The Tagish Lake Meteorite
    A scientific consortium of 4 universities and NASA is now trying to uncover the debris and sample the early solar system's unique chemistry.
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  • Test-tube RNA
    Research done by scientists at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research offers insights into evolutionary origins of life.
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  • The Birth and Death of Embryonic Planets
    Researchers study how planets form around stars in the Orion Nebula, hoping to understand better how planets in our own solar system formed.
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