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Alien Moons Could Bake Dry from Young Gas Giants' Hot Glow
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
03/06/14
Summary: A big problem for otherwise habitable moons is the heat radiating from their gas giant planets.

Oldest Bit of Crust Firms Up Idea of a Cool Early Earth
Topic: Earth
03/05/14
Summary: With the help of a tiny fragment of zircon extracted from a remote rock outcrop in Australia, the picture of how our planet became habitable to life about 4.4 billion years ago is coming into sharper focus.

Ask NASA Meteor Experts Your Questions
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
03/05/14
Summary: NASA meteor and fireball experts Dr. Bill Cooke, Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw will answer questions on Reddit.com beginning at 1 p.m. CST Thursday, March 6, on the Reddit "IAmA" forum.

NASA Researcher Finds Planet-Sized Space Weather Explosions at Venus
Topic: Venus
03/04/14
Summary: Researchers recently discovered that a common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth's magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere, has much larger repercussions for Venus.

Every Red Dwarf Star Has at Least One Planet
Topic: New Planets
03/04/14
Summary: Red Dwarfs make up about three quarters of all stars in the Universe. A new study indicates that virtually all of them might have orbiting planets.

Current Ice Melt Rate in Pine Island Glacier May Go On For Decades
Topic: Climate
03/03/14
Summary: New research shows that the Pine Island Glacier experienced rapid thinning about 8,000 years ago. The findings indicate that modern-day melting and thinning could last for several more decades or even centuries.

What Would A Rocky Exoplanet Look Like? Atmosphere Models Seek Clues
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
03/03/14
Summary: Exoplanet researchers are working on a model of what types of atmospheres are typical for different kinds of planets. One of their goals is to better predict habitability.

'Super-Earths' May Be Dead Worlds
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
03/02/14
Summary: New research suggests that planets that form from less massive cores can become benign habitats for life, whereas larger objects end up as ‘mini-Neptunes' with thick atmospheres and probably stay sterile.

Water is Detected in a Planet Outside Our Solar System
Topic: New Planets
03/02/14
Summary: Astronomers have used a new technique to identify water in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet. The planet is a 'hot Jupiter' that orbits a nearby star named Tau Boötis.

Extreme Weather Decides Distribution of Insects
Topic: Climate
03/01/14
Summary: Extreme weather caused by climate change in the coming decades is likely to have profound implications for distributions of insects and other invertebrates.

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