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A 'Snow Globe' Solar System
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: A new study on asteroid diversity is providing clues about the tumultuous past of the Solar System.

Tree Roots in the Mountains 'Act Like Thermostat for Global Climate'
Topic: Climate
Summary: For the first time, scientists have discovered how tree roots in the mountains may play an important role in controlling long-term global temperatures.

Mass Extinction May Not Cause All Organisms to 'Shrink'
Topic: Biosphere
Summary: A new study suggests that the sizes of organisms following mass extinction events may vary more than previously thought.

Anatomy of an Asteroid
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: A new study shows that the internal structure of asteroids can be surprisingly varied. The work was based on precise measurements of the asteroid Itokawa.

'Disk Detective' Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries
Topic: Missions
Summary: NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.

A Dramatic New Crater on Mars
Topic: Mars
Summary: NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured a spectacular image of a new crater on Mars.

Hangout with Dr. Yajaira Sierra-Sastre
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: At 7pm EST today, gURLs in Space is hosting a Google+ Hangout with HI-SEAS Researcher, Dr. Yajaira Sierra-Sastre.

Weather Map of Distant World Could Shed New Light on Planets
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: Researchers have mapped the surface of a brown dwarf -- an object larger than a planet and smaller than a star -- for the first time. Studying the weather on a distant world -- where it rains molten iron -- could help scientists to better understand weather patterns in other solar systems.

From One Cell to Many: How Did Multicellularity Evolve?
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Plant evolutionary biologist Karl Niklas explores the underlying driving forces and constraints that have influenced the evolution of multicellularity.

Adapting to Acidic Oceans
Topic: Biosphere
Summary: The world's oceans are becoming more acidic, changing in a way that hasn't happened for millions of years. But will marine organisms from tiny coccolithophores to king crabs change along with the waters?

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