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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 ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology, Astrobiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: General Public, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)

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 ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Extremely Cold
Grade Level: General Public, College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12)

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 ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Extremely Cold
Grade Level: General Public, College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12)

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 ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: General Public, High School (9-12), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)

Salt of the Early Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This astrobiology news article analyzes the role salt played in the evolution of life on Earth. It explains why scientists have long assumed that life originated in the sea and describes the history ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Astrobiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), General Public, College Lower (13-14), Graduate/Professional, High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Martian Micromagnets part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Subject: Biology: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Informal, General Public, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)

Extreme Animals part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online news article discusses the ability of tardigrades to withstand harsh conditions. The article covers the history, biology and significance of tardigrades, as well as the different types of ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Evolution, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Biology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Hypersaline, High Pressure, Alkaline, Extremely Cold, Acidic, Extremely Hot
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), General Public, High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Life without Volcanic Heat part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a news article by NASA Astrobiology Institute featuring Deborah Kelly from the University of Washington. She talks about the navigational challenges of reaching this newly discovered ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Ecology:Biofilms, Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results, Pedagogic Resources:Research Results, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Extreme Environments: Anoxic, Extremely Hot, Alkaline
Grade Level: General Public

Your Planetary Protection Officer part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a brief article about John Rummel, NASA's Planetary Protection Officer. It explains the purpose of planetary protection (to prevent contamination of Earth by alien life forms and of space by ...
Subject: Biology: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars, Mars:Life on Mars, Biology, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Environmental Science:Policy:US National Policy, Biology:Astrobiology, Environmental Science:Policy, Biology:Microbiology, Environmental Science:Policy:Global Policy
Grade Level: General Public, High School (9-12)

New hypothesis for origin of life proposed part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a popular press article about the Hansma mica hypothesis for the origin of life. It briefly explains the possible chemistry of biomolecule (RNA, protein) creation in mica layers. There is a ...
Subject: Biology: Biology, :Molecular , Chemistry, Biology:Evolution:Processes, Biology:Microbiology, Evolution, Astrobiology, Biogeochemistry
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: General Public, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)

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