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The Importance of Plumes
Topic: Europa
Summary: An explosive introduction to Europa's potential for life.

First Sightings of Solar Flare Phenomena Confirm 3-D Models of Space Weather
Topic: Spaceship Earth
Summary: Scientists have for the first time witnessed the mechanism behind explosive energy releases in the Sun's atmosphere, confirming new theories about how solar flares are created.

Microbes and Mass Extinction
Topic: Biosphere
Summary: A new study shows how microbes may be guilty of causing the largest known mass extinction in Earth's history.

Counting Calories in the Fossil Record
Topic: Biosphere
Summary: Why did the ancestors of clams and oysters flourish after one of the worst mass extinctions in Earth's history while another class of shelled creatures, the brachiopods, sharply decline? By using fossils to calculate the food intake of both groups, scientists are one step closer to solving one of paleontology's great mysteries.

Painting Earth's Past Atmosphere
Topic: Earth
Summary: Scientists are learning new information about atmospheric pollution levels in Earth's past by studying famous paintings.

Don’t Forget F-type Stars in Search for Life
Topic: Alien Life
Summary: Scientists searching for habitable planets beyond Earth shouldn't overlook F-type stars in favor of their more abundant, smaller and cooler cousins, researchers say.

Mars in a Box: A Full-Spectrum Simulation
Topic: Mars
Summary: To gain insight into other worlds, we've re-created them here.

Out­-of­-this­-world: An Ocean on Enceladus
Topic: Enceladus
Summary: A new study provides spectacular evidence for a water reservoir the size of Lake Superior on Saturn's icy moon.

Riddle of Celestial Archaeology Solved
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: A team of scientists have put forward a new theory for how collapsed stars become polluted - a theory that points to an ominous fate awaiting planet Earth.

Astronauts’ Hearts Become More Spherical in Space
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: New findings show the heart becomes more spherical when exposed to long periods of microgravity in space, with implications for an eventual manned mission to Mars.

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