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Exotic-looking Microbes Turn Up In Ancient Antarctic Ice part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article describes newly discovered microbial organisms in the Antarctic ice sheet. The microbes were discovered in deep ice core samples from the Vostok Station about 1,000 km from the South ...

Ice Cube of Exotic Microbes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article describes a permafrost subglacial lake discovered beneath Antarctica. The lake offers scientists a chance to test their sterile drilling techniques before exploring elsewhere in search ...

The Goldilocks Zone part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article introduces the Goldilocks Zone, an area of space adequate for the survival of life. Initially believed to be a remarkably small region of space that didn't even include the ...

Antarctic Microbes Colonize under Mars-like Conditions part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article takes a look at Antarctic biology over the last 20 years, highlighting the recent discovery of microbes that occupy one of the closest Mars-like terrestrial habitats on ...

Conan the Bacterium part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article reveals the defense strategy of radiation-resistant Deinococcus radiodurans to be a tightly packed ring of DNA. The article explores the hypothesis of some that indicates ...

Dry Up Baby! Anhydrobiosis part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lab activity offers students an exploration into the survival mechanisms of organisms inhabiting the extreme environmental conditions of the Polar Regions. Students will design experiments using ...

Halophiles in Space part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This two-minute video interview with SETI researcher Rocco Mancinelli describes his interest in halophiles and their adaptive abilities to withstand extreme environments, including the vacuum and ...

Voices: Rocco Mancinelli part of SERC Web Resource Collection

SETI scientist Rocco Mancinelli is featured in this interview about halophiles and their role in the search for extraterrestrial life. Mancinelli speaks to a young audience, recalling how he became ...

Utah Microbes May Have Come From Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article reports that halophiles of the Great Salt Lake produce pigments that shield their DNA from sun damage and enzymes that allow them to embrace hypersaline environments. The majority of ...

Microbial Wonders of the Deep part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Microbial Wonders of the Deep explores a number of interesting and highly adaptive organisms within some of the most extreme environments imaginable- those of the deep ocean. The website focuses on ...

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