Update: comet dust studied by researchers is full of amino acids (story here).
First, the Planck telescope (which maps billions-of-years old radiation in the universe) has sent back its first data (story here).
The very first extrasolar planet which is solid like the Earth has been found by astronomers in Germany (story here).
Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary - you know, Puff the Magic Dragon, Leavin' on a Jet Plane....) dies at age 72 (story here).
Obama has decided to scrap a long-range missile defence system in eastern Europe (stories here and here).
And lastly, Dan Brown is a successful conspiracy theorist, as usual (commentary here).
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