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Is something burping methane on Saturn’s ocean moon?
With water, hot vents, and tasty hydrogen, Enceladus has everything methanogen microbes could ever want. But is anybody home?
Life could be hiding deep under Mars
With enough water, underground Mars rocks could support microbial life, a new study says.
A Rare New Bacterium Thrives In Spacecraft Cleanrooms
A recently discovered bacterium thrives in the cleanest places on Earth—where spacecraft are assembled.
Untouched For The Last Billion Years, Water In Canadian Mine Holds Ingredients For Life
Scientists may have discovered the oldest free-flowing source of isolated water ever known.
Earth Bacteria Can Survive And Grow In Extremely Hostile, Mars-Like Conditions
Two new experiments show how easy it would be to infect Mars with alien microbes.
New Studies Say No, Life Can’t Live on Arsenic Alone
Last year's finding that "alien" Californian bacteria thrive on arsenic instead of phosphorus contradicted in new papers
The Viking Mars Missions May Have Discovered Life in 1976
Since the Viking Mars probes traveled to the red planet back in 1976, NASA has sent several more probes, landers,...
Is It Snowing Microbes on Enceladus?
Aside from ancient Mars, the moons of Saturn might be one of the best places to look for life outside...
Bacterial Lamp Can Eat Your Sewage and Light Up Your House
As the world — and its landfills and water treatment plants — get more and more crowded, future houses will...
A Treasure Trove of Undiscovered Life: Raw Sewage
Raw sewage is apparently a gold mine for virologists in search of new quarry — it contains thousands of previously...