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    With the incredible landing of a new rover on Mars, NASA has sparked the 'curiosity' of Earth's public - as well as their sense of humor.
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    The astrobiology community mourns the death of Dick Holland, treasured colleague and forefather of astrobiology.
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    Ray Bradbury, writer of classic science fiction and fantasy works, died Tuesday at the age of 91.
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    A private philanthropist will shortly announce the winner(s) of his Origin of Life $50K Challenge. The prize is awarded to the "best proposal detailing 'first life.'"
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    The White House has issued a statement in response to petitions asking the government to "disclose long withheld knowledge" of extraterrestrial beings. There is no evidence of life beyond our planet as of yet, but upcoming missions and research could help us determine if we
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    In September 2001, researchers building tools for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers paid special tribute to victims of the attacks on September 11. Aluminum cuffs on the rock abrasion tools for Opportunity and Spirit were made from aluminum recovered from the destroyed World Trade Center towers.
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    Astrobiology Magazine is launching a new blog -- AstroTurf -- written by science historian Richard Milner. In this first post, Milner writes about an internet hoax created to promote Hollywood's latest "Planet of the Apes" movie.
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    Recently, a video made its way around the web that claimed a space station was discovered on Mars. In reality, the image is nothing more than bad pixels caused by a cosmic ray hitting the Mars Express spacecraft while the photo was being taken.
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    Astrobiology Magazine's twitter feed (http://twitter.com/#!/astrobiologymag) has been selected as one of the 20 best twitter feeds for true space geeks by www.bestcollegesonline.net/.
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    Research shows that increasing wind speeds and wave heights could be linked to climate change. However, not all recent and extreme weather events are due to changing climate. A separate study indicates that the record heat in Russia recorded in 2010 was a fluke, and
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    Greenhouse gases have increased more frequently in Earth's history than previously believed. Fluxes involved a significant exchange of carbon between surface reservoirs and the atmosphere. Higher levels of CO2 affect nutrient uptake by planets, which could cause problems as the modern climate continues to heat
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    Would extraterrestrials like to listen to our music? A new collaboration between science and music has created musical messages that might one day be sent to alien worlds.
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    A new study shows that melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are contributing more to rising sea levels than other sources, such as mountain glaciers and ice caps. Studying these sheets is important, because if they collapse they could dramatically change the level of
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    From extreme precipitation events to catastrophic droughts, the effects of climate change may be heralding in a new era of extreme weather. Scientists are trying to determine what the repercussions for the Earth's biosphere could be.
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    The ability of organisms to adapt to our changing climate could cause profound changes to the biosphere. Some microbes might remain dormant in environments until conditions improve. Invasive species could move into new environments, potentially triggering a mass extinction.
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