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  • Earth's Magnetic Cocoon
    Researchers have found that the Earth's magnetic field was nearly as strong 3.2 billion years ago as it is today, which suggests that even in its earliest stages the Earth was protected from the solar wind. The findings of are immense interest to astrobiologists.
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  • James Van Allen and Astrobiology
    In a lifetime devoted to instrumentation and rocket science, James Van Allen made immense contributions to the exploration of the space environment and its astrobiological potential.
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  • Weather Wobbles
    New technologies are enabling scientists to determine precisely the extent and causes of Earth's short-term wobbling. Like a spinning top, Earth wobbles as it rotates on its axis. In fact, it displays many different wobbling motions, ranging in period from a few minutes to billions
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  • The Song of Killer Electrons
    ESA's Cluster mission has revealed a new creation mechanism of 'killer electrons' - highly energetic electrons that are responsible for damaging satellites and posing a serious hazard to astronauts.
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  • Turning the Lights Off in Alaska
    After some 400 years of relative stability, Earth's North Magnetic Pole has moved nearly 1,100 kilometers out into the Arctic Ocean during the last century and at its present rate could move from northern Canada to Siberia within the next half-century.
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  • Supernova Waves Rolled Over Mammoths
    A distant supernova that exploded 41,000 years ago may have led to the extinction of the mammoth, according to research that will be presented by nuclear scientist Richard Firestone of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
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  • Terrestrial Tipping Point
    Scientists have concluded more energy is being absorbed from the sun than emitted back to space, throwing the Earth's energy "out of balance" and warming the globe. Scientists from NASA, Columbia University, New York, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif. used satellites to study
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  • Life At Risk When Star Exploded?
    Scientists at NASA and the University of Kansas say that a mass extinction on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago could have been triggered by a star explosion called a gamma-ray burst. The scientists do not have direct evidence that such a burst activated
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  • Genesis: In the End…
    Counting down the top ten astrobiology stories for 2004 highlights the accomplishments of those exploring Mars, Saturn, comets, and planets beyond Pluto. Number ten in this countdown was the remarkable story of the Genesis mission, the first attempt to capture solar wind and return it
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  • Moon Shadows
    For much of the Americas, Wednesday's lunar eclipse highlights the delicate question of whether our Moon is the thing that actually stabilizes the Earth in its habitable, climatic zone.
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