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Underwater Antarctic Volcanoes
Topic: Extreme Life
07/12/11
Scientists have discovered previously unknown volcanoes in the Southern Ocean. The volcanic activity may provide a habitat for unique forms of life.

Islands of Life, Part III
Topic: Extreme Life
07/11/11
The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is the driest place in the world, and an environment that resembles Mars in the ancient past. In this third in a series of reports, Field Research Editor Henry Bortman recounts a day of activities at Bea Hills.

Islands of Life, Part II
Topic: Extreme Life
07/04/11
The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is the driest place in the world, and an environment that resembles Mars in the ancient past. In this second in a series of reports, Field Research Editor Henry Bortman recounts a day of activities at Salar de Navidad.

Islands of Life, Part I
Topic: Extreme Life
06/27/11
The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is the driest place in the world, and an environment that resembles Mars in the ancient past. In this first in a series of reports, Field Research Editor Henry Bortman describes a road trip to the southern, "wetter" region of the Atacama.

Natural Antifreeze
Topic: Extreme Life
06/25/11
Scientists have made an important step forward in their understanding of compounds that act as natural 'antifreeze.'

Growing on Fool's Gold
Topic: Extreme Life
05/11/11
New research has helped locate the source of iron that bacteria and tiny plants on the ocean floor use to survive. Deep sea hydrothermal vents release pyrite nanoparticles that are so small they become dispersed in the ocean to form a potential food source for life in the deep sea.

Carbon Monoxide Bacteria and Earth's Ancient Atmosphere
Topic: Extreme Life
04/27/11
By studying life in the scalding hot springs of a volcanic crater in Siberia, a team of scientists has discovered bacteria that produce and consume carbon monoxide. The findings could provide new insight into the evolution of Earth's early atmosphere.

Antarctic lake hides bizarre ecosystem
Topic: Extreme Life
04/23/11
Scientists have discovered otherworldly microbial mounds deep in an Antarctic lake. The microbial stromatolites are unlike any others yet identified, and could help astrobiologists understand primitive life on the early Earth.

A Tale of Two Deserts
Topic: Extreme Life
04/18/11
All life as we know it needs water. But what organisms can survive when water is all but unavailable? To find out, one scientist is looking at soil from two of the driest places on Earth.

Muscular Microbes inspired by Mussels
Topic: Extreme Life
04/15/11
Scientists have used mussels as inspiration in developing a protective coating that could enable living cells to survive as dormant cells in extreme conditions.

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