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Kepler Finds Planets in a Tilted Orbit
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have discovered a distant planetary system where multiple planets orbit their host star at a severe tilt. It is the first time that such tilted orbits have been found in a multiplanetary system of this type.

Asteroid Pile-Up in the Orbit of Mars
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: A new study shows that the orbit or Mars hosts the remains of an ancient collision that created many of its Trojan asteroids.

Was This Mars Ridge Habitable?
Topic: Mars
Summary: It will take Curiosity until at least mid-2014 to reach Mount Sharp, but scientists are already discussing which areas to examine when the rover arrives. One site is a low ridge on the bottom of the mountain that appears to have formed in water.

Without Plants, Earth Would Cook Under Billions of Tons of Additional Carbon
Topic: Climate
Summary: A new report is shedding light on how plants have prevented climate change on Earth since pre-industrial times. By absorbing billions of tons of carbon, ecosystems on land have been helping to cool down the planet.

Nearing One Thousand Exoplanets
Topic: New Planets
Summary: As of October 2014, The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia sits at 998 entries. Soon, astronomers will have identified over 1000 extrasolar planets.

Extinct 'Mega Claw' Creature had Spider-like Brain
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Researchers have discovered the earliest known complete nervous system preserved in the fossilized remains of a never-before described creature from 520 million years ago.

Curiosity Confirms Origins of Martian Meteorites
Topic: Mars
Summary: By measuring the atmosphere of Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover has provided the most definitive evidence yet that meteorites suspected to originate from the red planet are indeed martian in origin.

Cyborg Swarms to Make Maps
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: Researchers have developed software that allows them to map unknown environments based on the movement of a swarm of insect cyborgs.

A New Look at Unusual Mars Craters
Topic: Mars
Summary: Insights from underground nuclear tests and explosive volcanoes on Earth are helping scientists understand how unusual craters on Mars were formed.

A New Strategy to Search for Aliens
Topic: Alien Life
Summary: Scientists have proposed a novel approach for detecting intelligent life beyond our solar system. The method focuses on monitoring nearby stars to search for interstellar communication devices.

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