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One in Five Stars has Earth-Sized Planet in Habitable Zone
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: In a new study, astronomers estimate that as many as one in five stars could have planets similar in size to the Earth orbiting in their habitable zone.

The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa
Topic: Europa
Summary: Astrobiology Magazine is proud to launch a new comic strip, "The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa."

Defying Gravity, Part 4
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: Fourth in our list of spacewalking women is astronaut Linda M. Godwin. Godwin performed two spacewalks, the first from the Space Shuttle Atlantis and a second from Space Shuttle Endeavor.

Designing a Box to Return Samples From Mars
Topic: Mars
Summary: Scientists are working on developing a robust, multifunctional container that could one day be used to return samples from Mars.

Small Increase in Hydrogen Sulfide Made Ancient Ocean Toxic for Life
Topic: Climate
Summary: A new study has provided insight into ocean chemistry during a dramatic climate event that occurred on Earth 93.9 million years ago. The results also hold clues about how future changes in ocean chemistry could affect life on Earth.

Pillownauts Help Spaceflight Studies
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: Volunteers have spent 21 days in bed while being monitored by scientists. The bed-rest study will provide clues to how astronauts adapt to long-duration spaceflight.

Carbon Worlds May be Waterless
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: NASA-funded research indicates that planetary systems with so-called 'diamond planets' may have icy water reservoirs that are too small for oceans to exist on the planets themselves.

Turbo Taxonomy and the Cyber-Centipede
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Researchers have developed a new method for classifying species that combines techniques like molecular biology, barcoding, computing and imaging.

A Crater as an Abode for Life
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: A new study shows how the heat generated from an asteroid impact could lead to a crater becoming a refuge for life, or even a potential birthplace for life's origin.

Blazing-Hot Exoplanet has Earth-Like Size and Mass
Topic: New Planets
Summary: New research shows that, while the planet Kepler 78b is too hot for life, it is roughly the same size as the Earth. In fact, Kepler 78b is one of the smallest exoplanets that astronomers have measured thus far.

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