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October 24, 2014
Microbes in deep-sea rocks eat methane, lots of it
Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) Oct 16, 2014
Most methane is buried deep in the ground. Some of it, however, bubbles up to escape, and that's good news for methane-loving microbes living in rocks that gather along the ocean's floor near methane sea vents, munching away on the colorless, odorless assembly of hydrocarbons. The rocks host microbes that love a good methane buffet, especially one that goes bubbling by at all hours of the day. The microbes absorb the methane, converting it into energy and oxygen. For the first time, scie ... read more

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Alternative Earths Team To Join NASA Astrobiology Institute
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Arctic Bacteria Show Long Evolution in Toxic Mercury Resistance
With Mars and Europa out of reach, many scientists have turned to studying some of the Arctic and Antarctic microbes that have adapted to similarly harsh conditions on Earth. One recent study has tr ... more
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NASA Selects New Science Teams for Astrobiology Research
NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $50 million to seven research teams nationwide to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. "With the Cu ... more
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Light Scattering on Dust Holds Clues to Habitability
We are all made of dust. Dust particles can be found everywhere in space. Disks of dust and debris swirl around and condense to form stars, planets and smaller objects like comets, asteroids and dwa ... more
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Scientists Resurrect Ancient Proteins to Learn about Primordial Life on Earth
Geological evidence tells us that ancient Earth probably looked and felt very different from the planet we all recognize today. Billions of years ago, our world was a comparatively harsh place. Eart ... more
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Heritage of Earth's water gives rise to hopes of life on other planets
A pioneering new study has shown that water found on Earth predates the formation of the Sun - raising hopes that life could exist on exoplanets, the planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy. The ... more
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Interstellar molecules are branching out
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Bonn, Germany), Cornell University (USA), and the University of Cologne (Germany) have for the first time detected a carbon-bearing mole ... more
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What is life? It's a Tricky, Often Confusing Question
What is life? This is a question that is often asked and typically confused. The confusion starts from the several uses of the word "life" in English. There are at least three usages as exemplified ... more
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New Study Revisits Miller-Urey Experiment at the Quantum Level
For the first time, researchers have reproduced the results of the Miller-Urey experiment in a computer simulation, yielding new insight into the effect of electricity on the formation of life's bui ... more
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NASA has some advice for how you can find aliens
NASA believes it has figured out the best ways to identify alien life. ... more
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NASA Research Gives Guideline for Future Alien Life Search
Astronomers searching the atmospheres of alien worlds for gases that might be produced by life can't rely on the detection of just one type, such as oxygen, ozone, or methane, because in some cases ... more
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DNA May Have Had Humble Beginnings As Nutrient Carrier
New research intriguingly suggests that DNA, the genetic information carrier for humans and other complex life, might have had a rather humbler origin. In some microbes, a study shows, DNA pulls dou ... more
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Hot-spring bacteria reveal ability to use far-red light for photosynthesis
Bacteria that grow in environments enriched in far-red light use a previously unknown process for harvesting energy. This discovery lays the foundation for further research aimed at improving plant ... more
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How Titan's Haze Help Us Understand Life's Origins
Where did life on Earth come from? There are several theories as to what might have happened. Maybe comets came bearing organic material, or life was transported from another planet such as Mars, or ... more
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Scientists confirm array of microorganisms in buried Antarctic lake
Scientists have confirmed the presence of an array of microorganisms, including an extensive family of rock-eating bacteria, living in a subglacial lake in Antarctica. The discovery gives hope to scientists who suggest life could still be lurking deep under the surface of Mars. ... more
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Has sea plankton been discovered on the ISS outer hull
Russian scientists say they made a "unique" discovery while analyzing samples from the exterior of the International Space Station - traces of tiny sea creatures on the station's windows and walls. ... more
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Sequencing at sea
Daylight was breaking over the central Pacific and coffee brewing aboard the MY Hanse Explorer. Between sips, about a dozen scientists strategized for the day ahead. Some would don wetsuits and slip ... more
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    500 million year reset for the immune system
    Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg re-activated expression of an ancient gene, which is not normally expressed in the mammalian immune syste ... more
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    Follow the radio waves to exomoons
    Scientists hunting for life beyond Earth have discovered more than 1,800 planets outside our solar system, or exoplanets, in recent years, but so far, no one has been able to confirm an exomoon. Now ... more
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    Red Dwarf Stars Might Be Best Places to Discover Alien Life
    Red dwarfs are the most common type of star in the universe, and nearly every one of these stars may have a planet located in its habitable zone where life has the best chance of existing, a new stu ... more
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    BIOMEX: Exploring Mars in Low Earth Orbit
    In their quest to understand life's potential beyond Earth, astrobiologists study how organisms might survive in numerous environments, from the surface of Mars to the ice-covered oceans of Jupiter' ... more
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    Companion planets can increase old worlds' chance at life
    Having a companion in old age is good for people - and, it turns out, might extend the chance for life on certain Earth-sized planets in the cosmos as well. Planets cool as they age. Over time ... more
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    A New Approach to SETI: Targeting Alien Polluters
    Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist if replen ... more
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    Biomarkers of the Deep
    Tucked away in the southwest corner of Spain is a unique geological site that has fascinated astrobiologists for decades. The Iberian Pyrite Belt (IPB) in Spain's Rio Tinto area is the largest known ... more
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    Alien Atmospheres - Methane, CFCs and other signs of smart ETs
    Sometimes we get lucky: an exoplanet many light-years away passes in front of its star at the perfect angle. This transit allows us to read certain features of that planet's atmosphere. The resultin ... more
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