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Carbon Under Pressure Exhibits New Traits
Topic: Earth
Summary: A new technique is allowing scientists study samples that are heated and squeezed within an electron microscope. Researchers have used the method to reveal new clues about how and where carbon is located within Earth's interior.

Genetics of 'Sand' May Shed Light on Evolution
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Scientists are using tiny fossil shells from microscopic organisms called planktonic foraminifera to understand more about the process of evolution.

The Sun's Magnetic Field is About to Flip
Topic: Sun
Summary: Measurements indicate that the Sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip, and the event will have effects throughout the Solar System.

Is Europa Habitable?
Topic: Europa
Summary: A new study outlines potential science goals for a robotic mission to the surface of Europa. A Europa lander could study the composition and geology of the moon's icy shell and the potential for life in its subsurface ocean.

Ice May Explain Mars's Double-Layer Craters
Topic: Mars
Summary: Geologists have proposed a new explanation for double-layered ejecta craters on Mars.

As Curiosity Celebrates 1 Year on Mars, Opportunity's Hunt Continues
Topic: Mars
Summary: NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is mapping minerals on a martian mountain named Solander Point. The Opportunity rover will soon scale the mountain to search for clues about the habitability of ancient Mars. Meanwhile, the Curiosity rover celebrated its first birthday on the red planet.

Looking to the Past to Predict Our Climate Future
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: Scientists are studying the fossil record in order to understand how climate change affected the ways in which ancient species interacted with one another. The study could also provide clues about how climate change will impact the future of Earth's biosphere.

The Missing Waves of Titan
Topic: Titan
Summary: Titan's surface is dotted with lakes and seas... so where are all the waves? A new study may help to explain why bodies of water on Titan appear eerily smooth.

A Cometary Graveyard
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: Astronomers have discovered a graveyard of comets resting in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

SEEDS Sees a Second Jupiter
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have captured an image of the least massive planet ever imaged so far. The study is a step forward in imaging much smaller and fainter Earth-like planets.

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