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Sunken Logs Create New Worlds for Seafloor Animals
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: A new paper shows that wood-boring clams serve as "ecosystem engineers," making the organic matter in the wood available to other animals that colonize wood falls in the deep waters of Monterey Canyon.

Testing Life's Origins around Deep Sea Vents
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Scientists are exploring the theory that simple metabolic reactions could have led to the origin of life around hot springs on the sea floor.

Ancient Volcanic Explosions Shed Light on Mercury’s Origins
Topic: Mercury
Summary: More detailed data from MESSENGER shows that volcanoes exploded on Mercury for a substantial portion of the planet's history. The findings suggest Mercury not only had volatiles but held on to them for longer than scientists had expected.

Gusev Crater Once Held a Lake After All
Topic: Mars
Summary: A new analysis of old data from the Spirit rover shows that a rock outcrop in Columbia Hills was likely shaped by low temperature surface waters.

How (and When) Earth Got its Plated Shell
Topic: Geology
Summary: New research suggests how and when Earth came to develop one of its most distinct features — rigid tectonic plates — and why Venus, Earth's twin-like neighbor, never has.

Future Droughts Worse than Expected
Topic: Climate
Summary: A new study is helping astrobiologists understand how climate change may shape the future of life on Earth.

From Martian Rocks, a Planet’s Watery Story Emerges
Topic: Mars
Summary: After 18 months on Mars, the rover Curiosity has taken more than 120,000 measurements of surface rocks and soil, painting a more detailed image of how much water was once on the Red Planet.

How Mighty Jupiter Could Have Changed Earth's Habitability
Topic: Jupiter
Summary: Is Jupiter a friendly planet, Earth's enemy, or perhaps both?

Ancient Fossil Reveals Oldest Known Circulatory System
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: A fossil creature buried in an "invertebrate version of Pompeii" more than half a billion years ago reveals the first-known cardiovascular system in exquisitely preserved detail.

Ripples in the Water in the Lakes of Titan
Topic: Titan
Summary: 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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