Feature Stories

  • Life without Volcanic Heat
    An 18-story undersea vent off the Atlantic, near what has been called the 'Lost City', has recently revealed itself as ripe with exotic microbial life.
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  • The Heat is On: Asteroid Belt Found around Nearby Star
    When unusually warm dust was first discovered around a nearby star, called zeta Leporis, infrared astronomers began hunting in detail for the heat source.
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  • Test-tube RNA
    Research done by scientists at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research offers insights into evolutionary origins of life.
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  • Atmosphere of an Extrasolar Planet Detected for the First Time
    Astronomers have made the first direct detection and chemical analysis of an atmosphere of a planet that exists outside our solar system.
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  • Café Methane
    In recent years, researchers discovered life also thrives in other, much colder, lightless deep-sea ecosystems besides hydrothermal vents.
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  • Café Methane
    In recent years, researchers discovered life also thrives in other, much colder, lightless deep-sea ecosystems besides hydrothermal vents.
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  • Eating Kerogen
    A team of researchers discovered that microorganisms in Kentucky's New Albany Shale are eating kerogen.
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  • Dedication of the Carl Sagan Center
    NASA Ames Research Center dedicates a site for the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Cosmos.
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  • Europe Heads for Mars
    The Beagle 2, a compact, lightweight lander carried on the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express, will search for signs of life on the red planet.
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  • Why Microbes Matter
    Research of possible microbial life on Mars can lead to advances in biotechnology and medicine.
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