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  1. NASA Astrobiologists to Study Extreme Life at Earth's Highest Lake


    During October, the scientists will explore several lakes in the region, including the highest freshwater lake in the world, in the caldera of the Licancabur volcano, almost 20,000 feet high. The information they gather will help astrobiologists devise strategies and technologies to search for life on planets like Mars during future missions.

    “If there was life on Mars 3.5 billion years ago, it could have used defense mechanisms similar to those used by the organisms at Licancabur volcano to survive,” said expedition principal investigator Dr. Nathalie Cabrol of the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center. “This ...

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  1. NAI Congratulates and Welcomes Another Nobel Prize Winner


    Brenner’s work on C. elegans proved to it be a novel experimental model organism. “This provided a unique opportunity to link genetic analysis to cell division, differentiation and organ development – and to follow these processes under the microscope,” says the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet. For the complete press release, visit http://www.nobel.se/medicine/laureates/2002/press.html

    Dr. Sydney Brenner advised the Ames Center Director in the early stages of developing the NAI, and he has served as a member of the distinguished NAI Director’s Science Council from the time of its establishment by Director ...

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  1. G. Scott Hubbard Named NASA Ames Research Center Director


    G. Scott Hubbard, Deputy Director for Research at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., has been selected as Center Director, effective immediately.

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  1. Do You See What I See?


    NAI molecular biologist Michael Cummings studies one of the most basic interactions an organism has with its environment – the perception of light and color. But does the world hold the same colors for everyone?

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  1. Mars Exploration Rover 2003 Landing Sites


    With the Mars Exploration Rover (or MER) landing sites narrowed from 150 alternatives, the prospect of roaming around ancient lakebeds has the orbital cameras clicking.

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  1. Runnegar to Lead NASA Astrobiology Institute


    Runnegar currently is a professor in UCLA’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP). For the past four years, he also has served as the Director of the IGPP’s Center for Astrobiology, one of the 11 original lead teams of the Astrobiology Institute. Educated in Australia at the University of Queensland, Runnegar became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1987.

    “Dr. Runnegar is an internationally recognized paleontologist and astrobiologist whose breadth of knowledge and excellence in research and teaching are respected throughout the scientific and academic communities ...

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  1. Bacteria: Survival in Siberia


    Find out more about a test that could help determine if life once existed on Mars-or even if living organisms still reside in the Martian permafrost.

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  1. Rehearsal Readies Scientists for NASA's Next Mars Landing


    With less than a year to go before the launch of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission, scientists have spent the last few weeks at a high-tech summer camp.

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  1. Prospecting for Viruses


    Scientists are prospecting for viruses in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park – and they are being richly rewarded with intriguing new finds.

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  1. Eukaryotic Origins


    Scientists are still struggling to understand the evolutionary relationships among different types of cells.

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  1. A World Without Elephants?


    Thoughts on the future of evolution with Harvard paleontologist Andy Knoll. Watch the video to experience the entire interview.

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  1. Antarctic Microbes Colonize Under Mars-Like Conditions


    American and New Zealand research teams uncover what some might call the closest Mars-like simulation found terrestrially.

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  1. Ice Cube of Exotic Microbes


    A permafrost subglacial lake discovered beneath Antarctica offers scientists a chance to test their sterile drilling techniques.

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  1. Former Flood Identified on Mars


    Geologists at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum have discovered a large former lake in the highlands of Mars.

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  1. High-Pressure Living


    Findings suggest looking for life deep underneath planetary bodies like the surface of Mars.

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