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Milky Way amidst a ‘Council of Giants’
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: A new paper maps out bright galaxies within 35-million light years of the Earth, offering up an expanded picture of what lies beyond our doorstep.

Antarctic Moss Lives After 1,500+ Years Under Ice
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Researchers report that Antarctic mosses can come back to life after 1,500 completely inactive years under the ice. Prior to this finding, only microbes had been shown to be capable of revival after so many years on hold.

Scientists Discover Direct Evidence for Big Bang
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: Researchers have captured direct evidence for the "first tremors of the Big Bang." The data also confirm a deep connection between quantum mechanics and general relativity.

Be an Asteroid Hunter in NASA's First Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: NASA's Asteroid Data Hunter contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids.

‘Death Stars’ in Orion Blast Planets before They Even Form
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: A new study describes the deadly relationship between highly luminous O-type stars and nearby protostars in the Orion Nebula.

Volcanoes helped species survive ice ages
Topic: Geology
Summary: Steam and heat from volcanoes may have allowed plants and animals to survive during ancient ice ages on Earth.

NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No 'Planet X'
Topic: New Planets
Summary: After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."

Evidence of Water in a Meteorite Raises Mars Life Questions
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: Scientists have found evidence that ancient water movement in a martian meteorite. The finding is reviving a debate over life on Mars.

Galactic Gas Stations
Topic: Missions
Summary: Future lunar missions may be fueled by gas stations in space.

Nutritious Space Veggies
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: A new study shows that the nutritious value of leafy vegetables grown in space could be increased with bright pulses of light.

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