Extremeophiles and Extreme Environments

Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues to Alien Life

Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues to Alien Life Video in Story

At one of the world's deepest undersea hydrothermal vents, tiny shrimp are piled on top of each other, layer upon layer, crawling on rock chimneys that spew hot water.

Extremeophiles and Extreme Environments

Extremophiles: Untapped Source of Antibacterial Drugs

Extremophiles: Untapped Source of Antibacterial Drugs

One of the most mysterious forms of life may turn out to be a rich and untapped source of antibacterial drugs.

Polar Research

First 3-D Images of Underside of Antarctic Sea Ice

First 3-D Images of Underside of Antarctic Sea Ice Video in Story

A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully tested an autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV, that can produce high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of Antarctic sea ice.

Europa

NASA Video: Europa: Ocean World

NASA Video: Europa: Ocean World Video in Story

Scientists believe there is an ocean hidden beneath the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. NASA-JPL astrobiologist Kevin Hand explains why scientists are so excited about the potential of this ice-covered world to answer one of humanity's most profound questions.

Habitable Zones & Global Climate

Climate Stability of Habitable Earth-like Planets

Climate Stability of Habitable Earth-like Planets

The carbon-silicate cycle regulates the atmospheric CO2 content of terrestrial planets on geological timescales through a balance between the rates of CO2 volcanic outgassing and planetary intake from rock weathering.

Origin & Evolution of Life

Deep-earth Carbon Offers Clues on Origin of Life on Earth

Deep-earth Carbon Offers Clues on Origin of Life on Earth

New findings by a Johns Hopkins University-led team reveal long unknown details about carbon deep beneath the Earth's surface and suggest ways this subterranean carbon might have influenced the history of life on the planet.

comets

Looking for Cometary Organics

Looking for Cometary Organics

Before going into hibernation at 01:36 CET on 15 November 2014, the Philae lander was able to conduct some work using power supplied by its primary battery.

Analog Studies

Dale Andersen's Field Reports: Lake Untersee, Antarctica 15 November 2014

Dale Andersen's Field Reports: Lake Untersee, Antarctica 15 November 2014

On The Road to Lake Untersee: We are completely packed up now, using the Everest tracked vehicle, pulling two sleds behind it.

Astrochemistry

What Chemistry Is Rosetta's Comet Lander Looking For?

What Chemistry Is Rosetta's Comet Lander Looking For?

Today, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission is attempting one of the most ambitious maneuvers in space exploration: to soft-land a robotic probe on a comet for the first time.

comets

Philae Lander Could Provide Insights into Origins of Earth's Water

Philae Lander Could Provide Insights into Origins of Earth's Water

After 10 years and four billion miles NASA's Rosetta satellite is poised make space science history tomorrow when it launches its Philae lander onto the surface of the ancient comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Analog Studies

Dale Andersen's Field Reports: Lake Untersee, Antarctica 10 November 2014

Dale Andersen's Field Reports: Lake Untersee, Antarctica 10 November 2014

The team is on the ice, having arrived ok at Novolazarevskaya Station yesterday afternoon.

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