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The Largest Volcano on Earth
Topic: Earth
Summary: Scientists have discovered the largest single volcano yet documented on Earth.

Hydrogen Cyanide and Life's Origin
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Studies show that hydrogen cyanide, which is found in large quantities in the Universe, can contribute to amino acid formation. Now, a new technique is helping scientists study all the thousands of molecules that can form from hydrogen cyanide reactions in the laboratory.

Simulating Safe Passage on Mars
Topic: Mars
Summary: Scientists have developed a model that could provide Mars mission planners with a better understanding of terramechanics on Mars.

Coldest Brown Dwarfs Blur Lines Between Stars and Planets
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: A new study shows that some brown dwarf stars may be as cool as room temperature. If one of these objects was orbiting another star, it might be mistaken for a planet.

NASA Evaluates 4 Candidate Sites for Next Mars Landing
Topic: Mars
Summary: NASA has selected four potential landing sites for the next Mars lander. NASA's InSight lander is scheduled to launch in March of 2016.

A SuperEarth With a Water-Rich Atmosphere
Topic: New Planets
Summary: New observations of planetary transits of the super-Earth Gliese 1214b indicate that the planet is likely to have a water-rich atmosphere.

One Option for Kepler: Keep Searching for Earth-Sized Exoplanets
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Even though two of its four reaction wheels are not operating, Kepler may still be able to hunt for exoplanets around smaller stars.

Oldest Land Animal Fossil Found
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Scientists have discovered the oldest known land-living animal from Gondwana. In a remote South African location, they uncovered a 350 million year old fossilized scorpion.

Study Links Cosmic Impact and Climate Shift
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: For the first time, a global shift in Earth's climate has been linked to an impact event that occurred in Quebec 12,900 years ago.

First Trojan Asteroid of Uranus Found
Topic: Outer Solar System
Summary: A new study shows that 'trojan' asteroids in the outer Solar System may be more common than previously thought.

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