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  • By studying the effects of spaceflight on a bacterium from Earth, scientists are gaining a better understanding of how infectious disease occurs in space. The research could improve the health of patients here on Earth as well as astronauts.
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  • A new microscopic 'cloak' could change the way that scientists capture images of bacteria and other cells. The new technology could help uncover new discoveries about life at the cellular level.
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  • A new study shows that quartz plays a key role in initiating the chain events that cause Earth's surface to crack, wrinkle, fold and stretch. The findings could help geologists understand the movements of tectonic plates and their effects on the environment of Earth.
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  • Systems biology studies how living organisms emerge from interactions of the individual elements that compose cells. The field is just beginning to come to prominence, but could provide important advances in understanding life's origins.
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  • MESSENGER Begins Historic Orbit around Mercury
    NASA's MESSENGER probe has become the first spacecraft to enter into orbit around the planet Mercury. Studying Mercury will help astrobiologists understand the nature of small, rocky planets and the conditions that lead to habitability on such worlds.
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  • A new theory predicts that the Large Hadron Collider could be the first machine capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time. The researchers who originated the theory admit it's a 'long shot', but it still fits within the laws of physics.
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  • A new tool could help scientists learn from earthquakes of the ancient past to better predict earthquakes of the future. Studying earthquakes can provide astrobiologists with a better understanding of how the biosphere on Earth is linked to geological processes of the planet itself.
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  • The magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan was the result of thrust faulting between the Pacific and North American plates. The shift of mass made the Earth's rotation speed up by 1.6 microseconds.
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  • The magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan was the result of thrust faulting between the Pacific and North American plates. The shift of mass made the Earth's rotation speed up by 1.6 microseconds.
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  • NASA is deploying a network of cameras across the USA to determine the origin of the 100 tons of meteoroids that enter the Earth's atmosphere every day. The answer could help astrobiologists understand the potential role of meteorids in delivering materials to the Earth that
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