extremophiles

The Most Unknown

Tiny Organisms in Earth’s Most Unlivable Places May Help Us Find Alien Life

Luke McKay, an astrobiologist and microbial ecologist, is probing the extreme limits of life on Earth to answer bigger questions about the universe.
Sarah Emerson
9.14.18
gEM LIFE

These Dazzling Gemstones Are Home to Microbes

It's the first time traces of life have been found inside these precious jewels.
Becky Ferreira
8.8.18
Science

Scientists Finally Solved the Mystery of Antarctica’s Blood Falls

The blood red falls tumble out of a glacier 100 feet to a lake below.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.7.18
Venus or Bust!

Researchers Think There Could Be Alien Life Floating in the Clouds of Venus

Yet another reason to get going on those Venusian cloud cities.
Daniel Oberhaus
4.2.18
HOTY2017

The Ocean Scientist With a Hydrothermal Microbe Zoo in Her Lab

Anna-Louise Reysenbach is searching the sea floor for clues about life on Earth and beyond.
Becky Ferreira
11.29.17
Dear Future

Deep Inside a Gold Mine With the Researcher Who Found the ‘Devil Worm’

If we can find life two miles underground, we might be able to find it on Mars.
Caroline Haskins
10.19.17
bacteria

There’s Something Living In the Rocky Crust Beneath the Ocean Floor

Deep-ocean microbes could help us look for life on other planets.
Kate Lunau
4.7.16
chile

Could Known Lifeforms Survive in Mars's Newly Discovered Flowing Water?

Is Mars's environment really all that different from Earth's?
Jason Koebler
9.28.15
uk

These Scientists Say There Could Be Life on Rosetta’s Comet

It's a radical explanation for Comet 67P's features.
Victoria Turk
7.6.15
ALIENS

We Might Create Alien Life in a Lab Before We Find It in Space

“We could make something that has a different operating system than life today,” says synthetic biologist Lynn J Rothschild.
Becky Ferreira
6.5.15
Science

Life at The Limits: Showcasing Nature’s Weirdest Adaptations

From the mantis shrimp’s bullet-punch to the corpse flower’s stank.
Becky Ferreira
4.3.15
bacteria

This Bacteria Could Eat Nuclear Waste

Bacteria love cleaning up after our messes, don't they?
Becky Ferreira
9.11.14