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April 15, 2017
The earliest animals were marine jellies
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When cartoonist and marine-biology teacher Steve Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants in 1999, he may have backed the wrong side of one of the longest-running controversies in the field of evolutionary biology. For the last decade, zoologists have been battling over the question, "What was the oldest branch of the animal family tree?" Was it the sponges, as they had long thought, or was it a distinctly different set of creatures, the delicate marine predators called comb jellies? The answer to ... read more

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The intelligence of elephants continues to surprise and impress scientists. New research shows elephants have "body awareness," meaning they recognize their bodies as impediments in problem solving situations. ... more
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'Smart' cephalopods trade off genome evolution for prolific RNA editing
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Possible Venus twin discovered around dim star
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Atmosphere around super-earth detected
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Astronomers confirm atmosphere around the super-Earth
Astronomers at England's Keele University have detected an atmosphere around GJ 1132b, a super-Earth exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star located 39 light years from Earth. ... more
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Inside Arctic ice lies a frozen rainforest of microorganisms
Vast Arctic landscapes may appear to be desolate, barren places, but take a look through a microscope and you'll see thriving ecosystems. The top few meters of ice are home to an estimated hundred million billion trillion (or 10 to the power of 29) microorganisms. ... more
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TRAPPIST-1 flares threaten possibility of habitability on surrounding exoplanets
To much fanfare, NASA scientists announced the discovery of seven potentially habitable exoplanets surrounding a nearby red dwarf in February. However, new analysis of TRAPPIST-1 suggests the star system hosts frequent stellar flares. Scientists suggest the flares could negate the possibility of life. ... more
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Researchers uncover a potent genetic element in Earth's smallest life forms
It's the stuff of science fiction, though there's nothing fiction about it: Researchers have discovered a multitude of previously unidentified microorganisms possess a genetic element that enables t ... more
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Sun's UV Light Helped Spark Life
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Viruses in the oceanic basement
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Inventing Tools for Detecting Life Elsewhere with Future Telescopes
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Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf
An international team of astronomers has identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, know ... more
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Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
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Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms
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Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
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A set of biochemical processes crucial to cellular life on Earth could have originated in chemical reactions taking place on the early Earth four billion years ago, believes a group of scientists fr ... more
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Visualizing debris disk "roller derby" to understand planetary system evolution
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Protostar blazes bright, reshaping its stellar nursery
A massive protostar, deeply nestled in its dust-filled stellar nursery, recently roared to life, shining nearly 100 times brighter than before. This outburst, apparently triggered by an avalanche of ... more
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Light From An Ultra-Cool Neighbor
This animation shows the amount of light detected by each pixel in a small section of the camera onboard NASA's Kepler space telescope. ... more
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Kepler Provides Another Peek at Ultra-cool Neighbor
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