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Lichen on Mars
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Astrobiology's study of life in the universe has much to say about how humans live sustainably on Earth.

The Coldest Place in the World
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Using the most detailed maps of global surface temperatures on Earth, scientists have identified the coldest place on Earth. The site is a ridge in Antarctica that reaches -133.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Oil- and Metal-Munching Microbes Dominate Deep Sandstone Formations
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Halomonas bacteria are well-known for consuming the metal parts of the Titanic. Researchers now have found Halomonas in sandstone formations deep underground.

Hard Rock Life
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Microbial communities in the deep subsurface of our planet are showing surprising similarity - even when they're located on opposite sides of the planet.

December Expedition to Explore Life in Hydrothermal Vent
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Scientists are preparing for an expedition this December that will use robotic explorers to study life beneath the sea crust. The team will study previously unexplored hydrothermal vent systems off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Feast or Famine on the Sea Floor
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: A new study shows how population booms of life at the ocean surface can lead to a feast of organic material for organisms that survive in harsh, nutrient-limited environments on the sea floor.

Dining on Methane in the Cold, Dark Sea
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Scientists have performed a detailed analysis of the biochemistry that allows microbes to survive in extreme cold on the ocean floor around methane seeps.

Glassy Coating Keeps Viruses Happy In Harsh Environments
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Viruses can coat themselves in silica glass to protect themselves, like donning a suit of armor. This finding has implications for the search for life on other planets such as Mars.

Life in the Desert Uses 'Hydraulic Lift' to Survive
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Scientists working in the deserts of the American west have uncovered a unique mechanism that helps life survive in a resource-limited environment.

A New Microbe Living in Spacecraft Clean Rooms
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Scientists have discovered a new, previously unidentified microbe living in spacecraft assembly clean rooms in Florida and South America.

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