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Nearing One Thousand Exoplanets
Topic: New Planets
10/19/13
Summary: As of October 2014, The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia sits at 998 entries. Soon, astronomers will have identified over 1000 extrasolar planets.

Extinct 'Mega Claw' Creature had Spider-like Brain
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
10/18/13
Summary: Researchers have discovered the earliest known complete nervous system preserved in the fossilized remains of a never-before described creature from 520 million years ago.

Curiosity Confirms Origins of Martian Meteorites
Topic: Mars
10/18/13
Summary: By measuring the atmosphere of Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover has provided the most definitive evidence yet that meteorites suspected to originate from the red planet are indeed martian in origin.

Cyborg Swarms to Make Maps
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
10/17/13
Summary: Researchers have developed software that allows them to map unknown environments based on the movement of a swarm of insect cyborgs.

From Plasma Science to Dwarf Planets: Fran Bagenal
Topic: Outer Solar System
10/17/13
Summary: Fran Bagenal is a Co-Investigator on NASA's New Horizons mission, which is set to arrive at Pluto and Charon in 2015.

A New Look at Unusual Mars Craters
Topic: Mars
10/16/13
Summary: Insights from underground nuclear tests and explosive volcanoes on Earth are helping scientists understand how unusual craters on Mars were formed.

A New Strategy to Search for Aliens
Topic: Alien Life
10/16/13
Summary: Scientists have proposed a novel approach for detecting intelligent life beyond our solar system. The method focuses on monitoring nearby stars to search for interstellar communication devices.

Will Comet ISON Survive Its Brush with the Sun?
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
10/15/13
Summary: A new study examines comet ISON's chances of surviving its close pass of the Sun. Studying how the Sun affects ISON can help astrobiologists learn about its physical properties.

How Microbes Survive Freezing
Topic: Extreme Life
10/15/13
Summary: A new study is helping astrobiologists understand how microbes survive in ice. The research sheds light on how microorganisms could survive in permafrost, and perhaps buried in ice on Mars.

Chelyabinsk Fireball Provides Insight into Space Collisions
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
10/14/13
Summary: Scientists have reported new findings on meteorites that were recovered after the Chelyabinsk fireball that exploded over Russia earlier this year.

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