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Burbidge overcame gender discrimination on the way to becoming one of the most influential astrophysicists of her time.

A distant planet named HR 8799c, located 130 light-years outside of our solar system, has water and carbon monoxide—but not methane—in its atmosphere, researchers say. Their findings suggest that a particular planet-forming mechanism, known as core accretion, brought the young planet into existence.

The 2010 AAAS election of general and section officers will be held in November. All members will receive a ballot for election of the president-elect, members of the Board of Directors, and members of the Committee on Nominations. Members registered in more than one section will receive ballots for elections for each section they are enrolled in.