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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 ...

Superbug Survival is Basic part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article investigates the question: Can microbial life thrive in the caustic conditions common to floor strippers and baking soda? It reports samples near a landfill in south Chicago ...

The HaloEd Project part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The HaloEd Project is a web site dedicated to biotechnology education using Halobacteria, halophilic bacteria that live in the hypersaline environments of the world. The site lists why Halobacteria ...

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 ...

Mono Lake Background part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This document details the history, geography, biology, and educational value of Mono Lake, California. The author describes the effects of the saline and alkaline environment on its inhabitants and ...

Some Like It Hot, Some Like It Cold: Microbial Life in Hot Springs and Antarctic Lakes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website contains a lab activity, appropriate for use in grades 9-12 Biology I, that will help students understand the role of temperature in determining what kinds of organisms are found in ...

Microbiology Video Library part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Microbiology Video Library offers a wide variety of downloadable images and short QuickTime movies. It includes an index of species pages, each with an image and movie, informative text page, and ...

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 ...