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  1. image of meteorite ALH 84001
    Planetary Science

    Organic molecules in an ancient Mars meteorite formed via geology, not alien life

    Analysis of an ancient Martian meteorite reveals that organic molecules within it were formed by geologic processes rather than alien life.

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  2. an illustration of the exomoon Kepler 1708 b i, shown as a blue-green orb, orbiting a large, Jupiter-like exoplanet
    Astronomy

    Astronomers identified a second possible exomoon

    Kepler 1708 b i, a newly discovered candidate for an exoplanet moon, has a radius about 2.6 times that of Earth, a new study suggests.

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  3. an illustration of the rocky exoplanet GJ 1132b
    Planetary Science

    Oxygen-rich exoplanets may be geologically active

    Experiments show that rocks exposed to higher concentrations of oxygen have a lower melting temperature than rocks exposed to lower amounts.

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  4. image of a FU Orionus
    Astronomy

    Two stars’ close encounter may explain a cosmic flare that has barely faded

    A brilliant outburst of light that has lasted nearly a century arose when two young stars skirted past each other, simulations suggest.

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  5. plumes of water vapor from Saturn's moon Enceladus
    Planetary Science

    Enceladus’ plumes might not come from an underground ocean

    The celebrated plumes of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could come from pockets of watery mush in the moon’s icy shell, simulations suggest.

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  6. gif of a swarm of xenobots moving particles around
    Life

    Here are our favorite cool, funny and bizarre science stories of 2021

    These are some of the fun science stories from this year that we couldn’t wait to talk about with friends.

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  7. The rover Perseverance sits in the foreground with the red, rocky landscape and red-tinted sky in the background
    Space

    Spacecraft in 2021 set their sights on Mars, asteroids and beyond

    This year, a bevy of new missions got under way on Mars and spacecraft prepared to visit asteroids.

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  8. a map of the milky way with dots that might indicate anti-matter stars
    Space

    These discoveries from 2021, if true, could shake up science

    Discoveries in 2021, from hidden subatomic particles to the oldest animal fossils, could shake up science. But more evidence is needed to confirm them.

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  9. illustration of NASA's Parker Solar Probe visiting the Sun's atmosphere
    Astronomy

    The Parker Solar Probe is the first spacecraft to visit the sun’s atmosphere

    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe crossed a boundary between the sun’s atmosphere and interplanetary space that has been predicted for decades but never observed.

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