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APOD: 2012 January 29 – Molecular Cloud Barnard 68

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Nasa finds 60 planets and 11 new solar systems – all from a fist-sized patch of sky

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Scientists discover new clue to the chemical origins of life

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Sperm Can Be Stored In Females’ Bodies For Years, Study Shows

Sometimes babies come along at inopportune times – after sex, the human body can only delay fertilization for 3 to 5 days. But what if each woman had her own personal sperm bank?

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Amazon rainforest mapped in unprecedented detail

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A breathtaking aurora from Earth’s largest geomagnetic storm in almost 10 years

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