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Archeologists continue to hunt for the city of Atlantis, even though it may never have existed. And paleontologists now suspect that it wasn’t just an asteroid that did in the dinosaurs. Digging into our past can turn ups surprising truths. But are there some things we’d rather not know?
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  • Archeologists continue to hunt for the city of Atlantis, even though it may never have existed. And paleontologists now suspect that it wasn’t just an asteroid that did in the dinosaurs. Digging into our past can turn ups surprising truths. But are there some things we’d rather not know?

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  • The team in charge of NASA's Kepler mission, responsible for history's first detection of Earth-sized planets orbiting other suns in their temperate "habitable zone," will receive the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's highest group honor

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  • The SETI Institute has announced the launch of its “Our Pluto” campaign, which is soliciting input on how to name features on the surfaces of Pluto and Charon.

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  • Carl Sagan Center researchers of the SETI Institute will be presenting science results on the study of Mars’ surface and Earth analogs, Europa, and Helene, a satellite of Saturn, during the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference March 16-20.

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  • A film on the threat from asteroids and featuring scientists from the SETI Institute and NASA will be showcased at the upcoming SXSW (South by Southwest) International Film Festival. The one-hour docu-drama, “Disaster Playground,” was directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun, Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute. It will be premiered at a festival that spotlights fictional pieces and documentaries, and will be the world premiere of Ben Hayoun’s film.

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  • He was everyone’s favorite (half-) alien. A Vulcan with a penchant for logical insight, delivered in the flat tone that was presumed to characterize an advanced species, Mr. Spock defined “extraterrestrial intelligence” for a generation. Now Leonard Nimoy, who created a personality that dominated his career in the minds of many, has died at the age of 83.

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  • One of the most appealing places in the solar system to hunt for life has become even more so. The discovery of plumes of icy material erupting from the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa has sparked new enthusiasm for sending spacecraft to this famous cracked-and-crazed ice ball to search for traces of life, dead or alive.

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  • During the Ambassadors program, 28 educators – from both classrooms and informal venues such as museums and planetariums – will be taken aloft onboard NASA’s SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) aircraft, and will spend hours monitoring and interacting with the astronomers

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  • Albert (Al) Harrison, a psychologist who explored the societal ramifications of astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), has died at the age of 74.

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