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Outer Space Oreos
Topic: Extreme Life
Scientists have previously exposed organisms and biomolecules to the many rigors of space, but those experiments only managed to take "before" and "after" pictures of their samples. A planned small satellite will monitor on a continuous basis the negative effects of space on biology.

Life's Boiling Point
Topic: Extreme Life
Some proteins can work above the boiling point of water, but these vital biomolecules may have a harder time evolving at high temperature. A new project is searching for the maximum temperature for protein-based life.

Seeing Life in Viruses
Topic: Extreme Life
From Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition is a story about research conducted by Kirsi Lehto of the University of Turku in Finland. Lehto studies plant viruses with an eye toward their role in the origin and evolution of life.

"Alien" Water Bears Amaze Scientists
Topic: Extreme Life
Tardigrades, commonly known as "water bears", have been reared under laboratory conditions and subjected to a barrage of tests. Their survivability shows that animals can survive extreme conditions, and also may indicate how humans could adapt to the rigors of space.

Swashbuckling Scientists Discover Northern Vents
Topic: Extreme Life
From Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition is a story of how researchers recently explored the ocean floor between Greenland and Norway. They discovered hydrothermal vents that support an extremophile ecosystem. The find supports the idea that biological communities could exist on other worlds.

Through a Glass Darkly
Topic: Extreme Life
New from the Nordic issue of Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition: Just as stained glass windows that decorate the world´s most beautiful cathedrals depict stories, ancient life may have its own tales to tell in glass.

Stars of the Deep
Topic: Extreme Life
Researchers studying life deep beneath the Earth's surface in a South African platinum mine have discovered microbes with a unique appearance. In fact, these tiny bacteria are the 'stars' of their community.

Making Sense of Mars Methane
Topic: Extreme Life
Research on methane at a Mexican salt flat could help reveal the source of methane that has been detected in the atmosphere of Mars. But first scientists have to decipher the unique – and seemingly contradictory - isotopic signature of the Mexican methane.

Frozen Life Cubes
Topic: Extreme Life
What´s living in Antarctica´s ice-covered Lake Vostok? Scientists hope to find out by studying an ice core recovered from some two miles below the surface, just above the lake itself.

Leaving No Stone Unturned
Topic: Extreme Life
Kimberley Warren-Rhodes has spent countless hours in some of the world´s driest deserts, turning over rocks. Tens of thousands of rocks. What is she hoping to find? The pattern of life.
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