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Sunday, July 28, 2002



Extremophile Article in Time Magazine

Extremophiles.
Extremophiles.
Credit: Time Magazine
The July 29th edition of Time Magazine contains one of the most interesting articles about Archaea I've ever read. These tiny microbes thrive "on boiling heat, freezing cold, radiation and toxic chemicals" and are rewriting the biology books with their every discovery. Since the 1980s, scientists have been searching for life in deeper and darker corners of the Earth than ever before. Originaly, life was believed to require water, oxygen, and photosynthesis. Now that the boundaries have been shattered, scientists look to the planets for life.

In the article, several references are made to Europa, Mars, and Titan. Lake Vostok, the preserved Europa-model-on-Earth, is mentioned, and Fat Bastard from Austin Powers is the subject of an essay.

(More info: Time.com)


- posted by Alex @ 21:08 EST