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Water bears can reanimate after years of desiccation—and gel-forming proteins unique to the animals may explain how.

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image: Infographic: The Hazards of Life on Mars

Infographic: The Hazards of Life on Mars

By Diana Kwon | December 1, 2017

High levels of radiation, among other health risks, challenge the future colonation of the Red Planet.

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Search for Life on the Red Planet

By Diana Kwon | December 1, 2017

Growing evidence points to a once-habitable world—and recent findings suggest that life could exist on Mars today.

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image: Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens

Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens

By Abby Olena | May 26, 2017

Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.

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image: Microbes Persist in Super-Salty Conditions

Microbes Persist in Super-Salty Conditions

By Tanya Lewis | June 23, 2016

Extremophiles can thrive on perchlorates and metabolize carbon monoxide, researchers report.

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image: Prokaryotic Microbes with Eukaryote-like Genes Found

Prokaryotic Microbes with Eukaryote-like Genes Found

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | May 6, 2015

Deep-sea microbes possess hallmarks of eukaryotic cells, hinting at a common ancestor for archaea and eukaryotes.

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image: Extremophiles on Display

Extremophiles on Display

By Ashley P. Taylor | April 2, 2015

A new American Museum of Natural History exhibit highlights the incredible range of conditions under which life on Earth survives. 

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Extreme Living

By Jeffrey Marlow and Jan Amend | February 1, 2015

Take a tour of deep-sea methane seeps and meet the organisms that call these extreme environments home.

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Stubbornly Persistent

By Mary Beth Aberlin | February 1, 2015

Microorganisms continually challenge our assumptions of what life can achieve.

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The Energy of Life

By Jeffrey Marlow and Jan Amend | February 1, 2015

Extremophiles should not be viewed through an anthropocentric lens; what’s extreme for us may be a perfectly comfortable environment for a microbe.

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