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University of Texas at Austin astronomers working with NASA’s Kepler mission have helped to discover the first near-Earth-sized planet around a Sun-like star in the “habitable zone,” the range of distances where liquid water could pool on a planet’s surface. They used the university’s McDonald Observatory to help confirm the finding, which has been accepted for publication in The Astronomical Journal.

At a time when cybersecurity attacks are more frequent and damaging, the National Science Foundation has awarded $2.2 million to the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute to support a graduate-level degree program that teaches students how to recognize and protect against digital threats.

Mighty dragons are taking to the water in western Wisconsin this summer. Mayo Clinic Health System is hosting two Dragon Boat Festivals, in La Crosse and Eau Claire, to raise awareness and funds for health issues: breast cancer survivorship, and hospice and bereavement services. As a symbol of the teamwork that supports patients and families, teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson guide the colorful dragon boats.

Scanning sonar from a scientific expedition has revealed the remains of a previously unknown shipwreck more than a mile deep off the North Carolina coast. Artifacts on the wreck indicate it might date to the American Revolution.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Port of Baltimore have seized 29 stolen vehicles so far in Fiscal Year 2015.