Origins

  • James Cameron I: The Titanic Explorer
    Film-maker James Cameron discusses with Astrobiology Magazine editors how he became fascinated by exploring extreme environments. This multipart interview looks through his creative lens, to find out how much space and ocean voyages may have in common.
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  • Clays Aided First Life?
    Did clays serve as catalysts to bring the first simple molecules into a template for life? More complex biomolecules may have formed spontaneously from a coating of fatty acids, that eventually built into the first living cells, according to researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical
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  • Diving Into a Volcano
    Go to the world's highest lake, to dive into an ancient volcano, presents new challenges for expedition leaders from NASA and the SETI Institute. Their interest is piqued by the prospects of monitoring microbes that survive in the low oxygen, high ultraviolet lakebed.
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  • Finding Nemo 10: Weird Adaptations
    This multipart chronicle follows this summer's voyage to discover new deep-sea species. The joint Australian and New Zealand expedition sought to catalog what has never been seen before: the ocean web of organisms that sustain themselves in some of our planet's most extreme environments.
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  • Red River Drills for Mars
    Drilling five-hundred feet into a Spanish red river (Rio Tinto), astrobiologists from the US and Spain are developing techniques to look for underground life forms. The highly acidic, wine-colored river is inhospitable to most microbes except the most robust that can live off the
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  • Finding Nemo 9: Revolution Underwater
    This multipart chronicle follows this summer's voyage to discover new deep-sea species. The joint Australian and New Zealand expedition sought to catalog what has never been seen before: the ocean web of organisms that sustain themselves in some of our planet's most extreme environments.
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  • Archaean Sunscreen
    Early life may have used sunscreen, allowing it to escape deep water and live relatively high and dry. Any life that may have existed on the surface of Mars also would have needed sunscreen to stand a chance.
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  • Finding Nemo 8: Ocean Enigmas
    This multipart chronicle follows this summer's voyage to discover new deep-sea species. The joint Australian and New Zealand expedition sought to catalog what has never been seen before: the ocean web of organisms that sustain themselves in some of our planet's most extreme environments.
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  • Finding Nemo 7: Critter Catches
    This multipart chronicle follows this summer's voyage to discover new deep-sea species. The joint Australian and New Zealand expedition sought to catalog what has never been seen before: the ocean web of organisms that sustain themselves in some of our planet's most extreme environments.
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  • Finding Nemo 6: Living By Vibration
    This multipart chronicle follows this summer's voyage to discover new deep-sea species. The joint Australian and New Zealand expedition sought to catalog what has never been seen before: the ocean web of organisms that sustain themselves in some of our planet's most extreme environments.
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  • Finding Nemo 5: Diving The Abyss
    This multipart chronicle follows this summer's voyage to discover new deep-sea species. The joint Australian and New Zealand expedition sought to catalog what has never been seen before: the ocean web of organisms that sustain themselves in some of our planet's most extreme environments.
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  • Finding Nemo 4: Aliens Among Us
    This multipart chronicle follows this summer's voyage to discover new deep-sea species. The joint Australian and New Zealand expedition sought to catalog what has never been seen before: the ocean web of organisms that sustain themselves in some of our planet's most extreme environments.
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  • Finding Nemo 3: Ancient White Shark
    This multipart chronicle follows this summer's voyage to discover new deep-sea species. The joint Australian and New Zealand expedition sought to catalog what has never been seen before: the ocean web of organisms that sustain themselves in some of our planet's most extreme environments.
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  • Finding Nemo 2: Nameless Creatures
    This multipart chronicle follows this summer's voyage to discover new deep-sea species. The joint Australian and New Zealand expedition sought to catalog what has never been seen before: the ocean web of organisms that sustain themselves in some of our planet's most extreme environments.
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  • Finding Nemo I: Originating Species
    This multipart chronicle follows this summer's voyage to discover new deep-sea species. The joint Australian and New Zealand expedition sought to catalog what has never been seen before: the ocean web of organisms that sustain themselves in some of our planet's most extreme environments.
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