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2010-12-21 11:15:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corp. of Falls Church, Va., to administer a $1 million career development and educational program designed to address the critical shortage of U.S. minority students in science and engineering fields. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The NASA Astrobiology Institute's (NAI) Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) program in Moffett Field,...

2010-12-02 13:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in its...

2009-08-19 13:29:00

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Humans might not be walking on Earth today if not for the ancient fusing of two microscopic, single-celled organisms called prokaryotes, NASA-funded research has found. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) By comparing proteins present in more than 3000 different prokaryotes -- a type of single-celled organism without a nucleus -- molecular biologist James A. Lake from the University of California at Los...

2009-08-19 15:10:00

Humans might not be walking on Earth today if not for the ancient fusing of two microscopic, single-celled organisms called prokaryotes, NASA-funded research has found. By comparing proteins present in more than 3000 different prokaryotes - a type of single-celled organism without a nucleus - molecular biologist James A. Lake from the University of California at Los Angeles' Center for Astrobiology showed that two major classes of relatively simple microbes fused together more than 2.5...

2008-10-16 18:00:07

U.S. space agency-funded research suggests lightning and gases from volcanic eruptions could have given rise to the first life on Earth. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists, along with researchers at Indiana University reached that conclusion after re-analyzing samples from a classic origin-of-life experiment conducted in the early 1950s. "Historically, you don't get many experiments that might be more famous than these; they re-defined our thoughts on the origin of...

2008-10-06 12:30:00

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has picked 10 U.S. teams to study the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. Each interdisciplinary team receives a five-year grant averaging $7 million and becomes a member of NASA's Astrobiology Institute, located at NASA's Ames Research Center. Selected are teams from the University of Hawaii, Arizona State University, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Pennsylvania State University, the Georgia...

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2008-10-03 14:20:00

NASA has awarded five-year grants, averaging $7 million each, to 10 research teams from across the country to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. The interdisciplinary teams will become new members of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, located at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. Teams from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu; Arizona State University in Tempe; the Carnegie Institution of Washington; Pennsylvania State University...

2008-10-02 18:00:04

To: SCIENCE EDITORS Contact: Dwayne Brown, Headquarters, Washington, +1-202-358- 1726, dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov, Michael Mewhinney, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., +1-650-604-3937, michael.s.mewhinney@nasa.gov, both of NASA MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded five-year grants, averaging $7 million each, to 10 research teams from across the country to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. The...

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2007-04-11 10:15:00

NASA scientists believe they have found a way to predict the color of plants on planets in other solar systems. Green, yellow or even red-dominant plants may live on extra-solar planets, according to scientists whose two scientific papers appear in the March issue of the journal, Astrobiology. The scientists studied light absorbed and reflected by organisms on Earth, and determined that if astronomers were to look at the light given off by planets circling distant stars, they might predict...

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2006-11-13 10:30:00

Two recent discoveries in astrobiology challenge many of our assumptions about an integrated biological community on Earth. At the microbial level, it seems that there may be previously hidden biospheres that exist on Earth alongside our more familiar neighbors. One such community has been found deeply buried underground, while the other lives in the sea alongside more familiar life forms. Potentially among the most important recent discoveries in astrobiology is the finding of deeply buried...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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