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December Expedition to Explore Life in Hydrothermal Vent
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Scientists are preparing for an expedition this December that will use robotic explorers to study life beneath the sea crust. The team will study previously unexplored hydrothermal vent systems off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Jupiter's Red Spot and Planetary Formation
Topic: Jupiter
Summary: A new study explains why Jupiter's Giant Red Spot exists today, even though fluid dynamics suggest that it should have faded centuries ago.

India Heads for Mars
Topic: Missions
Summary: India's first ever Mars mission has successfully blasted away from Earth. The Mars Orbiter Mission will reach the red planet in September of 2014.

The State of Super Earths
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: Over the past few years, astronomers have found Super Earth planets orbiting different types of stars. One scientist has reviewed the latest discoveries for insight into how these planets form and whether such worlds could be habitable.

Defying Gravity, Part 11
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: The final entry on our list of spacewalking women is astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson. Along with performing EVAs in orbit, Dyson was also the first astronaut to be born after the Apollo missions.

More Evidence for the RNA World
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: New research supports the theory that RNA played an essential role in the origin of life on Earth.

Comet ISON Defies Expectations
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: When Comet C/2012 S1 ISON rounded the Sun last week, it provided many spectacular surprises for scientists and amateur astronomers alike.

Iron Both Hides and Preserves Fossils
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: A new study shows how iron may help preserve ancient dinosaur tissue inside fossils. However, the iron could also make tissues difficult to detect.

Habitable Planet Search Should be More Conservative
Topic: Alien Life
Summary: A new study indicates that astronomers may have to be more conservative when determining the habitable zones of planet-hosting stars.

A Solar System Similar to Ours, but More Compact
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: Astronomers have found the closest match to our own solar system yet known.

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