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Mars Express Makes Daring Flyby of Phobos
Topic: Mars
01/03/14
Summary: In late December, the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft made a daring flyby of Mars' moon Phobos.

Diamonds in the Oldest Zircons are Lab Contaminants
Topic: Geology
12/23/13
Summary: New research finds that the 4.3 billion-year-old diamonds reported in two papers in 2007 and 2008 could actually be contaminants introduced into geological samples from Australia.

How Radioactivity Muddles the DNA Alphabet
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
12/22/13
Summary: A new study examines how natural radioactivity in our bodies affects human DNA at the atomic scale.

Hacking the Planet?
Topic: Earth
12/21/13
Summary: A dozen papers on geoengineering have been released in a special issue of the journal Climatic Change.

Oil- and Metal-Munching Microbes Dominate Deep Sandstone Formations
Topic: Extreme Life
12/21/13
Summary: Halomonas bacteria are well-known for consuming the metal parts of the Titanic. Researchers now have found Halomonas in sandstone formations deep underground.

Pathogens in Space
Topic: Moon to Mars
12/20/13
Summary: A new study reports how spaceflight alters the activity of a fungal pathogen.

First Detection of a Predicted Unseen Exoplanet
Topic: New Planets
12/20/13
Summary: Astronomers previously predicted the presence of the planet Kepler-88 c based on its gravitational influence on other planets in the system, even though they couldn't see it. Now, new observations confirm that the planet does exist.

Hubble Sees Evidence of Water Vapor at Jupiter Moon
Topic: Europa
12/19/13
Summary: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter's moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon's surface.

Mapping the Demise of the Dinosaurs
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
12/18/13
Summary: New research shows that remnants of the impact event that brought an end to the age of dinosaurs are exposed along the edge of a giant underwater cliff in the Gulf of Mexico.

Chinese Rover & Lander Beam Back Portraits with China’s Flag Shining on Moon’s Surface
Topic: Missions
12/17/13
Summary: The Chang'e-3 lunar lander has successfully sent back images from the Moon's surface.

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