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    As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 5, a team of Russian scientists announced that, after more than 15 years of stop-and-go drilling, they had drilled through the ice of Antarctica's Lake Vostok. (Originally published on 02/16/12)
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    Soon the rover Curiosity will land on Mars. By design it won’t involve life-detection, but it was assembled to look for the carbon-based building blocks of Martian life and to explore the possible habitats where life might once have existed.
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    After more than 15 years of stop-and-go drilling, a team of Russian scientists and engineers have drilled through the ice of Lake Vostok. Scientists are eager to discover what sort of extreme life might lurk in the deep dark waters.
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    Depois de mais de 15 anos de perfuração descontínua, uma equipe de cientistas e engenheiros russos perfuraram através do gelo do Lago Vostok. Os cientistas estão ansiosos por descobrir que tipo de vida extrema pode espreitar nas profundas águas escuras.
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    Worms found miles underground in South African mines surprised scientists, because they never thought complex life could reside at such depths. These "worms from Hell" add to our understanding of life on Earth, and make us rethink assumptions about how complex life could be
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    In this essay, Marc Kaufman explains how his first contact with astrobiologists led him to write a book that tells the latest stories behind the science.
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