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Did you know that astronomers have found a bunch of potential "Earth 2.0" candidate planets scattered around the universe? More than 2,000 in fact, and one in particular, which NASA dubbed Kepler 22-b after the supercharged telescope that spotted it, spins around its own sun just 600 light-years away.

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European astronomers said Monday that they may have found a celestial body with the right characteristics to host life: a "Goldilocks" planet circling a star at a distance that is not too hot, not too cold, but just right for liquid water to exist.

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Scientists say that, for the first time, they have witnessed a black hole swallowing a distant star.

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What happens when planetary bodies go rogue? Well, that's one universal mystery that scientists didn't actually know of until a team of Japanese researchers claimed to have found 10 such free-range roamers -- and what's more, they might be shockingly common in space.

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She was a bona fide movie star by age 12, thanks to a horsey little number called "National Velvet," but it's safe to say that Elizabeth Taylor was able to avoid the curse of the child actor, given the countless memorable screen moments she produced over the next 50 years.

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First came January's "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" faux bomb scare, and now this Boston-area "hoax device" news: MIT sophomore Star Simpson was arrested at gunpoint at Logan Airport on Friday for wearing a computer circuit board and wiring on her black sweatshirt, with "Socket To Me" written on the back. Oops.

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Donald Rumsfeld paid a visit to a missile defense interceptor site on Sunday, and managed limited praise for the failure-ridden program. The Bush administration, which deployed the system before testing was complete, has plans for expansion with a new base in Europe.

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A committee of the International Astronomical Union, the body responsible for the naming of planets and other celestial objects, has decided to allow at least three new ?planets? into the solar system. The group made the recommendation after it was asked to resolve the Pluto controversy.

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A guy delivering satiric "ninja" riffs in a $6 Lycra ski mask; a sultry woman with nearly 1 million "friends" on Myspace; a guy who has performed corny dancing shuffles in 38 countries What do all these people have in common? Absurdly low-budget, Internet-based origins and, now, high-budget traditional production deals Read about the new rules of the game .

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