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Surface of Mars Hostile to Microbes

By Bob Grant | July 6, 2017

Researchers confirm that chemicals present in the dust of the Red Planet are highly toxic to bacteria.

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NASA researchers have discovered ancient microbes locked inside minerals, suggesting a possible niche for interstellar life.

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2015

September 2015's selection of notable quotes

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2015

May 2015's selection of notable quotes

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The Scientist on The Pulse, November 14

By Kerry Grens | November 14, 2014

Mounting and drilling a comet, mind-controlled gene expression, and dissecting cat genomes

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Earth’s “Cousin” Found

By Bob Grant | April 21, 2014

Researchers pinpoint a distant planet that may be the right size and temperature to support liquid water and life.

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Saturn’s Icy Moon Harbors Ocean

By Bob Grant | April 4, 2014

A body of liquid water beneath Enceladus’s surface makes the tiny moon a potentially hospitable home for extraterrestrial life.

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Book Excerpt from Lucky Planet

By David Waltham | March 1, 2014

In the book's prologue, author David Waltham compares a fictitious planet to Earth, highlighting the biologically supportive luck that our planet has enjoyed.

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Is Earth Special?

By David Waltham | March 1, 2014

Reconsidering the uniqueness of life on our planet

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Summoned From the Depths

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 1, 2014

Geobiologist Roger Summons analyzes organic material in rocks found deep inside Earth, looking for evidence of how life originated and evolved on our planet—and possibly on Mars.  

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