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The Scoop on Termite Poop: Five Cool Facts

From a power source to a cancer fighter, learn about the many uses of termite poop.

5 Extreme Life-Forms That Live on the Edge

Water bears, ice worms, and brine shrimp are among Earth’s “extremophiles”—creatures that can withstand the harshest conditions on the planet.

January 13, 2013: Bonding With Elephants, Unlocking Our Genealogy, and More

This week, we head to the remote jungles of Ecuador, inhale living microbes with every breath we take, document a dying tradition of working with elephants in India, and learn about an unlikely set of friends in Ethiopia.

Breaking News- There’s a lot LESS life on Earth than we thought (intelligent and otherwise)

By Alaina G. Levine In my continuing mission to better understand what’s going on “down there”, specifically in the sediments under the sea in the planet’s basement, an exciting finding has caught my eye. According to a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America…

BioBlitz 2011 Vodcast 4: Water Bears in the Desert

By Bob Hirshon, American Association for the Advancement of Science Saguaro National Park, Arizona–Tardigrades, or “water bears,” are tiny creatures so bizarre that they have their own phylum. They’re found in a diverse range of environments. A team from Baker University in Kansas came to the 2011 BioBlitz in Saguaro National Park to see if…

Social Network Connects Members on a Gut Level

MyMicrobes, a new social network started by scientists in the EU, hopes to match up members who share similar types of bacteria.

Black Reefs–When the Ship Hits the Reef

The first time I dived at the remote Kingman Reef, in 2005, I thought I found paradise. When I returned in 2007, I thought I had entered the dark land of Mordor.

NASA’s O/OREOS Dunking Bacteria in Space Rays

Today NASA officials announced that a tiny satellite launched last week has started conducting astrobiology experiments in low-Earth orbit. —Image courtesy NASA No bigger than a bread box, the Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses, or O/OREOS, satellite lifted off from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska on November 19 aboard a U.S. Air Force rocket.…

Active Mars Belches Methane

For a planet at the center of so many discussions about life, Mars can seem like a really dead world. It’s cold, dry, and dusty with a thin atmosphere that doesn’t block out much solar radiation. There’s minerals and gullies that suggest water flowed there more than three billion years ago, but aside from a…

Another Flyby! This Time It’s Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Even as sharp new pictures continue to flow in from the recent MESSENGER flyby past Mercury, the folks over at the Cassini-Hyugens program are conducing their own close encounter with Saturn‘s icy moon Enceladus. —Image courtesy NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute This afternoon the Cassini spacecraft made its closest approach yet to the wrinkly-faced moon—a trip that…