Extreme Life

  • Scientists have made an important step forward in their understanding of compounds that act as natural 'antifreeze.'
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  • Growing on Fool's Gold
    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
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  • Growing on Fool’s Gold
    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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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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  • 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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  • Exotic life forms may be lurking in your home, and a new citizen science project seeks to find them. By sampling home water heaters to study the micro-organisms that thrive there, scientists can learn more about the types of life we may find beyond
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  • Mutant Microbes Test Radiation Resistance
    The bacterium B. subtilis is capable of adapting to UV levels even higher than what existed on the primordial Earth – a harbinger of untapped potential that still lies within some organisms. Mutant versions of this microbe are now being exposed to space radiation
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