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Discovering an Ancient Landmass
Topic: Earth
Summary: Scientists have discovered that land masses existed on the Earth 2.7 billion years ago.

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.

Soil Microbes Alter DNA in Response to Warming
Topic: Biosphere
Summary: A microbial ecosystem altered its DNA to enhance its ability to handle excess carbon caused by warming, a new study showed.

ALMA Discovers a Formation Site of a Giant Planetary System
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have found evidence of a giant planetary system forming around a young star. The study could provide new clues about the origin of such systems.

The Water Cycle Amplifies Abrupt Climate Change
Topic: Climate
Summary: A new study suggests that changes in the water cycle may have driven climate change at the onset of the Younger Dryas period 12680 years ago.

Public Views on Climate Engineering
Topic: Climate
Summary: A new study shows that the general public does not support the idea of deliberately manipulating Earth's environment to counteract climate change.

Milky Way May Have Formed 'Inside-Out'
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: New research suggests that stars in the inner regions of the Galactic disc were the first to form, supporting ideas that our Galaxy grew from the inside-out.

Young Eyes on the Outer Solar System
Topic: Outer Solar System
Summary: Students and amateur astronomers in small western U.S. communities help scientists measure Kuiper Belt objects out beyond Neptune

Beating Bacteria on Earth -- and in Space
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Already a major problem on Earth, increasingly resistant bacterial strains can be an even greater threat for space travelers. The Antibiotic Effectiveness in Space (AES-1) investigation will attempt to probe the reasons for antibiotic resistance in space.

A New Dimension to Cyanobacteria
Topic: Biosphere
Summary: Scientists have discovered that cyanobacteria continually produced vesicles full of carbon, nutrients and DNA. The tiny packages could be decoys for viruses or a means of exchanging genetic information.

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