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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.

Safe Havens Revealed for Biodiversity in a Changed Climate
Topic: Climate
Summary: Researchers have found a way to project future habitat locations under climate change, identifying potential safe havens for threatened biodiversity.

NEOWISE Spots its First Asteroid
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: NASA recently reactivated and renamed the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) as the NEOWISE mission. The spacecraft is now hunting for potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, and it has spotted its first asteroid.

Cygnus Arrives at Station on Orbital-1 Mission
Topic: Missions
Summary: Last Sunday, Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus commercial cargo craft arrived at the International Space Station on its first resupply mission.

First Planet Found Around Solar Twin in Star Cluster
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have discovered three planets orbiting stars in the cluster Messier 67. One of these new exoplanets is orbiting a star that is a rare solar twin — a star that is almost identical to the Sun in all respects.

The Universe to 1-Percent Accuracy
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) has measured the scale of the universe to an accuracy of one percent. This and future measures at this precision are the key to determining the nature of dark energy.

Small Exoplanets Covered in Gas
Topic: New Planets
Summary: The Kepler mission has measured masses for roughly 60 exoplanets that are larger than Earth, but smaller than Neptune. Data shows that many of these planets are likely covered in gas.

NASA's Fermi Makes First Gamma-ray Study of a Gravitational Lens
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: An international team of astronomers, using NASA's Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of natural telescope formed when a rare cosmic alignment allows the gravity of a massive object to bend and amplify light from a more distant source.

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