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Promise of a new world

Artist conception of the GJ667C system. Image: G. Anglada/UNSW<p><b>The planet lies 22 light-years from Earth and, most importantly, contains the precious</b> …

Birth of a planet

<b>Researchers use 3D models to better our understanding of how planets are formed.</b><p>In 1988 we knew of one solitary extrasolar planet. In 2012 we know of …

Sub-Zero Heroes: Extremophiles Call Salty Antarctic Lakes Home

Even with water temperatures down to -20°C, Deep Lake is home to a surprising amount of life (and not just our research camp).<p>Image: Rick …

In Antarctic lake, extreme conditions lead to extreme genetics

In a frigid, salty lake, microbes swap genes at an unprecedented rate.<p>Despite temperatures well below freezing, Antarctica's Deep Lake remains …

What kind of life might we find on other planets? Extremophiles!

In the last five decades, we have come to learn that life can be highly adaptable. Starting with the discovery of extremophiles in the 1960s, our …

Extreme Life on Earth: 8 Bizarre Creatures

1 of 18<p>2 of 18<p>3 of 18<p>Not a drop to drink<p>Credit: Armando Azua-Bustos<p>Some organisms, such as <i>Dunaliella</i> algae discovered in 2010 in a cave in Chile's …

Sub-zero heroes: extremophiles call salty Antarctic lakes home

Imagine a lake so salty its water exists in a liquid state at -20 °C – then picture something thriving in that seemingly lethal environment.<p>Such an …

5 Extreme Life-Forms That Live on the Edge

<b>We humans think we’re pretty hot stuff—but that depends on what you’re measuring. When it comes to enduring harsh conditions, for example, there are creatures in this world that make us look like a bunch of cupcakes.</b><p>Meet the extremophiles, so-called because they can withstand environments so …

Why Extremophiles Bode Well for Life Beyond Earth - Louisa Preston

Life on Earth requires three things: liquid water, a source of energy within a habitable range from the sun and organic carbon-based material. But …

Planet drifting alone outside solar system detected by Hawaii telescope

Astronomers have found a planet outside the solar system floating alone in space and not orbiting a star.<p>The gaseous exoplanet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, …