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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Jun 24, 2014 — Here are a couple of amazing videos showing what the Earth's sky would look like if some of the solar system's most familiar bodies orbited our planet at close range.
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May 15, 2014 — The most prominent feature on the solar system's largest planet has been shrinking for years, and NASA says it's now smaller than ever.
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Oct 9, 2013 — NASA's Juno space probe has traveled about 1 billion miles on its course to reach Jupiter in 2016. Yet it's nearly back where it started — Juno will be 347 miles away from Earth on Wednesday afternoon.
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Mar 6, 2013 — Scientists have always thought that where there is water, there's a chance for life. If the ocean on Jupiter's moon Europa is salty like ours, it could also be a "wonderful place for life."
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Feb 20, 2012 — We are just at the beginning of this game of understanding how solar system architecture effects the chances for life (and complex life at that) developing. Part of this process will naturally involve having old assumptions challenged and, perhaps, overturned.
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Nov 29, 2011 — How Many Planets Did We Start With?
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May 19, 2011 — A study in the latest issue of the journal Nature, has found there may be 10 Jupiter-sized planets floating around out there without a parent star. This makes my world feel even smaller.
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Apr 8, 2011 — Jupiter's ocean moons
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