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EARTH: Still in a haze: Black carbon
Black carbon - fine particles of soot in the atmosphere produced from the burning of fossil fuels or biomass - a major contributor to the thick hazes of pollution hovering over cities around the world, has been known to be a health hazard for decades. View News Article (2011-03-16)

Volcanic rock probe helps unlock mysteries of how Earth formed
New insights gleaned from volcanic rock are helping scientists better understand how our planet evolved billions of years ago. View News Article (2013-11-07)

Missing planets attest to destructive power of stars' tides
During the last two decades, astronomers have found hundreds of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system. New research indicates they might have found even more except for one thing - some planets have fallen into their stars and simply no longer exist. View News Article (2009-04-28)

Newly discovered planet could hold water
The Corot satellite strikes again with another fascinating planet discovery. This time, the newly discovered gas giant planet may have an interior that closely resembles those of Jupiter and Saturn in our own Solar System. View News Article (2010-03-19)

Hubble finds carbon dioxide on an extrasolar planet
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. View News Article (2008-12-10)

Ideas on gas-giant planet formation take shape
Rocky planets such as Earth and Mars are born when small particles smash together to form larger, planet-sized clusters in a planet-forming disk, but researchers are less sure about how gas-giant planets such as Jupiter and Saturn form. View News Article (2006-03-23)

Science nugget: Lightning signature could help reveal the solar system's origins
Every second, lightning flashes some 50 times on Earth. Together these discharges coalesce and get stronger, creating electromagnetic waves circling around Earth, to create a beating pulse between the ground and the lower ionosphere, about 60 miles up in the atmosphere.  View News Article (2012-05-04)

Star blasts planet with X-rays
A nearby star is pummeling a companion planet with a barrage of X-rays a hundred thousand times more intense than the Earth receives from the Sun.  View News Article (2011-09-14)

Bright star reveals new exoplanet
By studying the star around which the planet revolves, they found that the star's rotation appears to be well-aligned with the planetary movement.  View News Article (2014-01-23)

Beagle 2 Information Note: The Beginning of Beagle 2's Lone Odyssey
Image Advisory: The Beginning of Beagle 2's Lone Odyssey Following the successful separation of the British-built Beagle 2 spacecraft and the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter earlier today, ESA has released the first images of the small lander as it begins its lone voyage to the surface of the Red Planet. The images, taken with the Visual Monitoring Camera on board Mars Express, show... View News Article (2003-12-19)

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