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Milky Way amidst a ‘Council of Giants’
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
03/20/14
Summary: A new paper maps out bright galaxies within 35-million light years of the Earth, offering up an expanded picture of what lies beyond our doorstep.

Could Alien Life Cope with a Hotter, Brighter Star?
Topic: Alien Life
03/20/14
Summary: Life could be orbiting rare F-type stars, despite heavy blasts of ultraviolet radiation.

Antarctic Moss Lives After 1,500+ Years Under Ice
Topic: Extreme Life
03/19/14
Summary: Researchers report that Antarctic mosses can come back to life after 1,500 completely inactive years under the ice. Prior to this finding, only microbes had been shown to be capable of revival after so many years on hold.

A World in the Making
Topic: New Planets
03/19/14
Summary: In another step forward in the search for habitable planets, a team of researchers announced that they have located a large swarm of comets and gas moving in a cloud around a nearby star.

Scientists Discover Direct Evidence for Big Bang
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
03/18/14
Summary: Researchers have captured direct evidence for the "first tremors of the Big Bang." The data also confirm a deep connection between quantum mechanics and general relativity.

Breathing Life into the Ocean
Topic: Earth
03/18/14
Summary: A new study challenges the notion that a well-oxygenated atmosphere must pre-date a well-oxygenated ocean.

Be an Asteroid Hunter in NASA's First Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
03/17/14
Summary: NASA's Asteroid Data Hunter contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids.

Climate Conditions Help Forecast Meningitis Outbreaks
Topic: Climate
03/17/14
Summary: Wind and dust conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa Africa can help predict a meningitis epidemic.

‘Death Stars’ in Orion Blast Planets before They Even Form
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
03/16/14
Summary: A new study describes the deadly relationship between highly luminous O-type stars and nearby protostars in the Orion Nebula.

Volcanoes helped species survive ice ages
Topic: Geology
03/16/14
Summary: Steam and heat from volcanoes may have allowed plants and animals to survive during ancient ice ages on Earth.

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