• 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 fourth report, Field Research Editor Henry Bortman describes the work of two young researchers, Sergio Valea and Petr Vitek.
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  • Microbialites, strange carbonate structures that line the bottom of Pavilion Lake in British Columbia, Canada, come in many shapes and sizes. No-one knows why. But scientists in the Pavilion Lake Research Project hope to learn more by studying nearby Kelly Lake and making some comparisons.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • Spaceward Bound and the DREAMS project recently launched a weather balloon in the Mojave Desert. The balloon´s payload contained scientific experiments designed to shed light on the search for life on Mars.
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  • How can the exploration of a Canadian lake, using deep-water submersibles, help NASA plan for the human exploration of Mars?
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  • 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.
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  • Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2010. The top story of the year was NASA's announcement of a bacterium that appears able to use arsenic instead of phosphorus in its DNA. The discovery may change the definition of life on Earth, and
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  • Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of 2010. At number 10 is a study that could one day help scientists determine how long viruses have existed on Earth. (Originally published on September 06, 2010).
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  • NASA´s IceBite project is in Antarctica testing a drill for possible use on a future mission to Mars. In a recent trial of the drill´s remote-operations software, the operators were a bit younger than usual: they were fifth-grade students, controlling the drill from a classroom
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