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A Scientist Proposes New Naming System for All Life on Earth
Topic: Biosphere
02/28/14
Summary: A Virginia Tech researcher has developed a new way to classify and name organisms based on their genome sequence.

A Rare Form of Nitrogen on Comet ISON
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
02/28/14
Summary: While observing the bright outburst from Comet ISON in November 2013, astronomers detected a relatively rare isotope of Nitrogen. The findings are helping astrobiologists understand the composition of the solar nebula from which the planets of our solar system formed.

Chemical Chaperones Have Helped Proteins Do Their Jobs for Billions of Years
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
02/27/14
Summary: An ancient chemical, present for billions of years, appears to have helped proteins function properly since time immemorial.

NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds
Topic: New Planets
02/26/14
Summary: NASA's Kepler mission has announced the discovery of 715 new planets, bringing the count of confirmed exoplanets to nearly 1,700.

The Ups and Downs of Early Atmospheric Oxygen
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
02/26/14
Summary: A research team challenges conventional view of a simple two-step rise in early oxygen on Earth; study suggests instead dynamic oxygen concentrations that rose and fell over billions of years.

Hunting for Planets with Plato
Topic: Missions
02/26/14
Summary: The European Space Agency has selected a new space-based mission to detect extrasolar planets. Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) is planned for launch by 2024.

Astronomers Spot Record-Breaking Lunar Impact
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
02/25/14
Summary: A meteorite with the mass of a small car crashed into the Moon last September.

Thomas Pierson, 1950 – 2014
Topic: Alien Life
02/25/14
Summary: Tom Pierson, who founded the SETI Institute and went on to become its Chief Executive Officer for most of the organization's first thirty years, died on February 20 of cancer.

Stellar Inventory: Searching For Other Earths
Topic: New Planets
02/24/14
Summary: The European Space Agency has given the official go-ahead for the planet-hunting and asteroseismology space mission PLATO.

Pine Island Glacier Thinning May Go On For Decades
Topic: Climate
02/23/14
Summary: New research suggests that the largest single contributor to global sea level rise, a glacier of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, may continue thinning for decades to come.

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