The Extremest Extremophiles: Microbial oasis underneath Earth's driest desert could be great news for life on Mars

For the last twenty million years, Chile's Atacama Desert has been the driest, most inhospitable place on Earth. But deep below the surface of this unimaginably arid world, microbes are flourishing without even oxygen or sunlight. Meet the extremest extremophiles. »2/19/12 4:30pm2/19/12 4:30pm

The Case Strengthens That Humans Actually Are from a Distant Planet

Life on Earth might actually be Martian — or Europan, or Titanese. Or maybe our ancestors came from outside our solar system, flung up from a distant planet (perhaps Caprica?) billions of years ago and migrated to Earth. It all sounds far-fetched, but new research suggests microbes can survive an asteroid impact big… »5/21/08 12:35pm5/21/08 12:35pm