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  • Scientists are preparing to launch a spider habitat into space to observe their activities in microgravity. The research will help astrobiologists understand how life from Earth adapts to the space environment.
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  • A technique that astronomers use to parse starlight might also be useful in assessing skin blots that may become cancerous.
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  • NASA's twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft are the longest continuously-operating spacecraft in deep space. They have provided invaluable information about the nature of our solar system and the planets it contains.
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  • By flying aircraft into and above rain clouds, scientists from NASA and other organizations are trying to understand why certain clouds produce copious amounts of rain.
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  • New research shows that water molecules could actually influence the structure of DNA. The finding could provide clues about how DNA originated, and how it functions in modern cells.
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  • Brilliant gold- and silver-colored beetles have given optics researchers new insights into the way biology can recreate the appearance of some of nature's most precious metals.
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  • Fifty million-year-old fossils from ancestors of today's dugongs are helping scientists understand the temperature and composition of the waters in which they swam. The study is providing new information about climate change events, both ancient and modern.
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  • NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered the total amount of atmosphere on Mars changes as the tilt of the planet's axis varies. This process could affect the stability of any liquid water, if it exists on the martian surface.
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  • Physicists have proposed a theory that the early Universe had only one spatial dimension. Now, a new test has been devised that could prove or disprove the 'vanishing dimensions' hypothesis.
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  • New research shows how sea squirts use the enzyme telomerase to protect their DNA and delay aging. The study provides insight into the molecular, genetic, and biochemical mechanisms that can effect evolution.
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