Feature Stories

  • 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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  • The Invasion of the Deep-sea Microbes
    The microscopic life around hydrothermal vents may have an ancient heritage -- genetic comparisons suggest that modern vent microbes are close kin to the earliest forms of life on Earth.
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  • Glass Munchers under the Sea
    A team of researchers recently announced that they have found the deepest-living microbes on the planet that eats into rock at the bottom of the sea floor
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  • Titan: Biological Birthplace?
    Saturn's giant moon Titan, cloaked in a thick nitrogen atmosphere laced with hydrocarbons, could provide a laboratory in the sky.
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