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  • Celestial Birthing Grounds: Wild Places
    A University of Florida sky survey has doubled the number of planet forming disks in a cluster of young stars, and suggests that planets may pop up within the first 3 million years of a star's life.
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  • Europa Diary III: On Polar Bear Time
    The Europa Focus Group, a collaboration of scientists who study Jupiter's ice-covered moon, met recently on Alaska's North Slope. By studying the unique terrain at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, they foreshadow future expeditions to search for life on Europa.
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  • Dinner with Orville: The Vertical Planet
    A flight around the Statue of Liberty by a lookalike Wright brothers' plane is planned for Sunday, May 25th to help mark the 100th anniversary of powered flight.
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  • Countdown: Martian Traffic Jam
    Three missions are headed to Mars over the next five weeks. All of them will hunt for evidence of water, after potentially bouncing on airbags.
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  • Atlantis Diaries IV: Eating Iron
    Diving near the North Atlantic ridge, a team of 24 scientists have begun exploring the deep, hot vents where the Earth's inner mantle meets the crust. Their spectacular world --discovered just two years ago--will be chronicled in their online journal account, the Atlantis Diaries.
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  • Blue Dot,  Red Planet
    The Mars' Orbital Camera snapped the first ever image of the Earth as seen from another planet that shows our home as a planetary disk: the terrestrial 'pale blue dot'.
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  • Meteor Astronomers: Looking Down Into Earth
    Did a massive asteroid impact 500 million years ago scatter meteors towards Earth and play billiards with terrestrial geology? A Rice University researcher has shown that a rain of rocks in a Swedish quarry supports this contention.
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  • Valley Networks: Connecting the Dots
    New data suggest that Mars's valley networks are far more extensive than previously thought. That, according to one researcher, adds weight to the idea that Mars was once much warmer and wetter than it is today. But not everyone is convinced.
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  • A Perfect World IV: Venter
    "Name two things you hope will be true about the world in fifty years. Tell me about an environment in which you personally thrive. Now paint a picture of your ideal world."
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  • The Pull of the Recent
    While the count of species has gone from a few to over thirty million, it has long been wondered whether this apparent diversity involves fossil biases: more modern fossils survive to be classified.
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