Extreme Life

  • Keeping
    Using a novel detector attached to a submarine, a research team led by University of Delaware marine scientists has determined that water chemistry controls the location and distribution of two species of weird worms that inhabit deep-sea hydrothermal vent sites.
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  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea
    An expedition to geysers on the floor of the Indian Ocean is studying how animals there evolve and disperse geographically.
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  • Some Like it Hot
    NASA astrobiologist Jack Farmer studies microorganisms.
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  • Looking for life, Astrobiologists Dive Deep
    Coral-like mounds on the floor of a Canadian lake may make it easier someday to identify life on other planets.
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  • Terrestrial Powerhouses
    A remarkable protein called bacteriorhodopsin converts light into metabolic energy. After 30 years of investigations, this protein has finally revealed some of its secrets.
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  • Pyruving the Origin of Life
    For the origin of life, chemical synthesis of pyruvic acid is a critical step. In a difficult experiment, Carnegie Institute/NAI researchers report that the natural synthesis of such compounds would occur wherever hot ocean vents pass through iron sulfide-containing crust.
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