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The Harshest Habitats on Earth
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Microorganisms that survive in Deep Hypersaline Anoxic Basins on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea are challenging ideas about the conditions necessary for life.

Apply Now to Be the Next Library of Congress Astrobiology Chair
Topic: Alien Life
Summary: The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. The application deadline is December 1, 2013.

Your Smartphone Could Detect a Single Virus or Bacteria
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Scientists have developed an attachment for a smartphone that could be used to detect viruses and bacteria in the field.

Off-Kilter Europa
Topic: Europa
Summary: By carefully studying the cracked surface of Europa, scientists have determined that the moon once spun around a tilted axis.

Deep Impact Mission Comes to an End
Topic: Missions
Summary: NASA has announced the end of operations for Deep Impact after attempts to regain contact with the spacecraft failed.

Comet Impacts Create Ingredients of Life
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: Scientists have created a number of amino acids by shock compressing an icy mixture similar to the materials found in comets. The study supports the idea that life's building blocks could have come to Earth from space.

The Birth of Earth's Continents
Topic: Geology
Summary: Scientists have proposed a new theory for how the contents of Earth formed as a by-product of mountain-building.

Curiosity Finds No Methane on Mars
Topic: Mars
Summary: Surprising findings from the Curiosity rover on Mars indicate that there is very little methane on the red planet.

Changes in Titan's Surface Brightness Point to Cryovolcanism
Topic: Titan
Summary: Over a period of four years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has witnessed changes in the brightness of Titan's surface. The observations may be evidence that cryovolcanism is active on the moon of Saturn.

Earth's Wobble Fixes Dinner for Marine Organisms
Topic: Spaceship Earth
Summary: A new study shows that the production of nutrients essential to ocean health on Earth is tied to the cyclic wobbling of our planet on its axis.

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