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February 6th
2:00 PM

Russian Scientists reach ancient Antarctic lake

After decades of drilling , Russian scientists have finally managed to pierce through Antarctica’s ice sheet to reveal the secrets of a unique sub-glacial lake, Vostok, that has been sealed there for the past 20 million years…

…The discovery of the hidden lakes of Antarctica in the 1990s sparked much enthusiasm among scientists all over the world. Some think the ice cap above and at the edges have created a hydrostatic seal with the surface that has prevented lake water from escaping or anything else from getting inside.

Lake Vostok could also offer a glimpse of what conditions exist for life in similar extreme conditions on Mars and Jupiter’s moon, Europa, according to RedOrbit scientific news portal.  >continue<

images via RIANOVSTI infographic

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March 5th
3:05 PM
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Scientists find evidence of extraterrestrial life

edgarallenpwn:

Fossilized remnants of organisms similar to cyanobacteria have been identified within meteors.

Journal of Cosmology, 2011, Vol 13
JournalofCosmology.com March, 2011

Fossils of Cyanobacteria in CI1 Carbonaceous Meteorites 
Richard B. Hoover, Ph.D. NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center

…evidence of microfossils similar to Cyanobacteria, in freshly fractured slices of the interior surfaces of the Alais, Ivuna, and Orgueil CI1 carbonaceous meteorites…The implications are that life is everywhere, and that life on Earth may have come from other planets.

Members of the Scientific community were invited to analyze the results and to write critical commentaries or to speculate about the implications. These commentaries will be published on March 7 through March 10, 2011.