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Counting Titan´s Craters
Topic: Titan
Impact craters found on Titan could help scientists determine the age of this Earth-like moon and its potential for life.

Dual Drill Designed for Europa´s Ice
Topic: Europa
NASA and the European Space Agency are sending a mission to study Jupiter and its moon Europa in 2020. There may be life in the moon´s ocean, but to find out a mission will have to be able to drill down through the overlying ice shell.

A Cyborg Space Race
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Who should explore space: robots or humans? Our ability to travel beyond Earth is hampered by the harsh conditions of space, but rather than let robots have all the fun, could cyborg technology allow humans to make greater strides into the final frontier?

How to Respond When E.T. Says Hello
Topic: Alien Life
Scientists are studying the best ways to compose messages meant for alien eyes in case we ever do get the chance to communicate with extraterrestrials.

Europa on Earth
Topic: Europa
Cracks in the icy shell of Jupiter´s moon Europa contain sulfur-rich material. An expedition to a sulfur spring in the Arctic could help solve some mysteries about Europa – including its potential for life.

Life Without Water?
Topic: Titan
On Saturn´s giant moon Titan, it is so cold that water is frozen as hard as granite. And yet there is a complete liquid cycle of methane and ethane. Scientists wonder whether there could also be life.

Avatars in Space
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
At this year's Oscars, there was a great deal of buzz surrounding the science fiction epic, Avatar. The movie focuses on human explorers virtually immersing themselves in the environment of a distant world through the eyes and body of an avatar. The movie may be science fiction, but the concepts behind avatars in space exploration are based in science fact.

Getting WISE About Nemesis
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Is our Sun part of a binary star system? An unseen companion star, nicknamed "Nemesis," may be sending comets towards Earth. If Nemesis exists, NASA´s new WISE telescope should be able to spot it.

Avatar´s New Twist on Plants
Topic: Alien Life
Although they're not nominated for an Academy Award, plants play a central role in the blockbuster movie "Avatar." A botanist provided the science behind how these unusual organisms may have evolved.

First Fossil-Makers in Hot Water
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Microbe mats in Yellowstone's hot springs may be living analogs of the primordial microbe communities that constructed the oldest rock fossils on Earth.
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