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2009-04-17 06:55:00

Scientists have once again found cause to marvel at the brilliant tenacity of life. In a small subterranean pool of highly concentrated salt water that hasn't seen the sun for some 1.5 million years, researchers have discovered flourishing colonies of previously unknown species microbes. The red water of Blood Falls that flows from the base of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica has intrigued scientists since its discovery more than a century ago. A crew of scientists from Harvard and Dartmouth...

2009-04-16 14:35:23

U.S.-led scientists have found that an ecosystem below an Antarctic glacier has survived millions of years by using sulfur and iron compounds for growth. Co-led by Montana State University Professor John Priscu and Jill Mikucki of Dartmouth College, the scientists said the ecosystem lives without light or oxygen in a pool of brine trapped below Taylor Glacier, next to frozen Lake Bonney in eastern Antarctica. Priscu said the ecosystem contains a diversity of bacteria that thrive in cold,...

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2008-02-11 15:40:00

A University of Illinois at Chicago scientist will lead a team testing a robotic probe in a polar-style, under-ice exploration that may have out-of-this world applications. But the team will keep to a venue that's much closer to home. Peter Doran, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at UIC, will lead the team Feb. 11-15 working in the icy waters of Lake Mendota off the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. They'll conduct an under-ice test of a NASA-funded...

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2007-04-27 11:09:59

A robotic probe designed to draw an underwater three-dimensional map showing the biological and geochemical composition of an ice-bound Antarctica lake may prove to be the ideal tool to search for life on other planets or moons where ice is known to exist. Peter Doran, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the lead investigator in a three-year, $2.3 million dollar study funded by NASA to build the probe that will map Antarctica's...