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‘Death Stars’ in Orion Blast Planets before They Even Form
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
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
Summary: Steam and heat from volcanoes may have allowed plants and animals to survive during ancient ice ages on Earth.

NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No 'Planet X'
Topic: New Planets
Summary: After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."

Evidence of Water in a Meteorite Raises Mars Life Questions
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: Scientists have found evidence that ancient water movement in a martian meteorite. The finding is reviving a debate over life on Mars.

Galactic Gas Stations
Topic: Missions
Summary: Future lunar missions may be fueled by gas stations in space.

Super-Habitable World May Exist Near Earth
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Researchers say alien worlds may be even more habitable than Earth-like planets, what they say might be called "superhabitable" worlds.

Nutritious Space Veggies
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: A new study shows that the nutritious value of leafy vegetables grown in space could be increased with bright pulses of light.

Life’s Fuel Cells
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Researchers have built miniature metabolic fuel cells out of elements that would have been available to life on the early Earth.

Tackling Tumors With Space Station Research
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: Researchers have found that some tumors seem to be much less aggressive in the microgravity environment of space compared to their behavior on Earth. This work is the latest in a large body of evidence on how space exploration benefits those of us on Earth.

Dimer Molecules and the Hunt for Life
Topic: Alien Life
Summary: Astronomers have developed a new method to study atmospheric pressure on exolpanets. The same technique could one day help identify biosignatures on alien worlds.

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