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Microbes in the belly button

09.11.2012, PloS ONE

Human belly buttons are inhabited by an average of 67 phylotypes of bacteria and archaea. A team of American biologists, publishing in PloS ONE, found that the species, or rather phylotype, composition of microbes resembles that of a tropical rain forest. Hence the title of their paper, A Jungle in there.

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New habitable zone super-Earth found in exosolar system

08.11.2012, Science Daily

Astronomers have discovered a new super-Earth in the habitable zone, where liquid water and a stable atmosphere could reside, around the nearby star HD 40307. It is one of three new super-Earths found around the star that has three other low-mass planets orbiting it.

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