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Methane's Secrets, From Diamonds to Neptune
Topic: Geology
Summary: A new study is helping scientists better-understand the behavior of methane deep inside planetary interiors.

Titan Provides Insights Into Evolution of Life on Earth
Topic: Titan
Summary: Saturn's moon Titan is providing new clues about events that could have effected the origin and evolution of life on Earth.

Could Life Have Survived a Fall to Earth?
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: By firing frozen pellets of a single-celled algae into water, scientists are testing whether or not the organisms could survive a trip from space to the surface of a planet.

Biologists Measure Evolution's 'Big Bang'
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: A new study has estimated the rates of evolution during the 'Cambrian explosion' between 540 and 530 million years ago. The study could help answer a question in evolution known as 'Darwin's dilemma.'

Voyager 1 Officially Reaches Interstellar Space
Topic: Outer Solar System
Summary: NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space.

Unexpected Organics in Sutter's Mill Meteorite
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: The Sutter's Mill meteorite, which exploded over California last year, is providing important information about the inventory of molecules that could have been delivered from space to the early Earth.

Two Asteroids Found to be Comets
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: Two different teams are reporting that what scientists long thought were asteroids are actually comets.

Microscopic Signs of Life Shown to Survive Mars Environment
Topic: Mars
Summary: An instrument similar to those used by art detectives on Earth is being prepared for a trip to Mars. Europe's ExoMars mission will use the Raman spectrometer to hunt for signs of martian life.

Life Found in Subglacial Antarctic Lake Sediments
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Scientists have discovered evidence of diverse life forms in sediments from an subglacial lake in Antarctica. The organisms could back nearly a hundred thousand years.

Detecting Biomarkers on Faraway Planets
Topic: Alien Life
Summary: Biomarkers have never been spotted in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, but a new generation of telescopes may be sensitive enough to detect them.

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