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Shrimp Under Ice
Topic: Extreme Life
03/20/10
Summary: While taking the first images of the underbelly of an ice sheet in Antarctica, scientists have made a surprising discovery. They captured video of a complex, shrimp-like animal swimming through the cold and dark subglacial waters.

How to Live Long and Prosper in Space
Topic: Extreme Life
02/10/10
Summary: Lichens can live in some of Earth's most extreme environments, and now one has survived 18 months in Earth orbit while exposed to the space environment. The lichens were flown outside the European Columbus laboratory on the ISS as part of the Expose-E experiment.

Microbial Life in Mars Analog Lakes
Topic: Extreme Life
01/21/10
Summary: The first microbiological survey of Mars analog lakes in Western Australia is offering new evidence of the diverse life that could have once thrived on Mars.

IceBite Blog: University Valley
Topic: Extreme Life
01/18/10
Summary: NASA´s IceBite team are studying a spot on Earth where the terrain resembles that of the Phoenix landing site on Mars. The place: a mile above sea level in Antarctica´s McMurdo Dry Valleys. The goal: to test ice-penetrating drills for a future mission to Mars. Click the Ask a Scientist button above to ask the team questions.

IceBite Blog: Visiting Lake Joyce
Topic: Extreme Life
01/11/10
Summary: NASA´s IceBite team is studying a location on Earth where the terrain resembles that of the Phoenix landing site on Mars. The place: a mile above sea level in Antarctica´s McMurdo Dry Valleys. The goal: to test ice-penetrating drills for future Mars mission. Click the 'Ask a Scientist' button to ask questions of the science team.

Astrobiology Top 10: Searching for Alien Life, on Earth
Topic: Extreme Life
12/27/09
Summary: AM is looking back over the top 10 astrobiology stories of 2009. At number 7 is a story about research conducted at Mono Lake, near Yosemite National Park. With one of the highest natural concentrations of arsenic on Earth, this spot is a good place to look for "alien" life. (Originally was published on October 5, 2009).

Shedding Light on Photosynthesis
Topic: Extreme Life
12/16/09
Summary: Many scientists believe that photosynthesis is responsible for oxygenating Earth's atmosphere and, ultimately, allowing for the evolution of complex organisms. New research is beginning to help scientists understand just how photosynthesis developed by studying extremophiles that perform the process in harsh environments.

IceBite Blog: Learning to Respect the Weather
Topic: Extreme Life
12/07/09
Summary: Members of NASA´s IceBite team are studying the only spot on Earth where the terrain resembles that of the Phoenix landing site on Mars. The place: a mile above sea level in Antarctica´s McMurdo Dry Valleys. Click the Ask a Scientist button above to ask questions of the science team in the field.

Life Beyond Sunlight
Topic: Extreme Life
11/29/09
Summary: Scientists recently inventoried an astonishing abundance of deep sea species that have never known sunlight. These organisms have managed to live in frigid depths of up to 5,000 meters below the ocean. The study may help astrobiolgists understand how life could survive in oceans on other worlds.

Oases for Life on the Mid-Caymen Rise
Topic: Extreme Life
10/21/09
Summary: A team of oceanographers and astrobiologists is currently exploring one of the deepest points in the Caribbean Sea. Follow their blog as they search for life in this extreme seafloor environment.

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