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Martian Organic Molecules Came From Natural “Batteries” 13 November 2018 Feature

In 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover scooped up a handful of Martian soil and analyzed its contents to…

Earth’s First Amino Acids May Have Come From Oceanic Crust 7 November 2018 Feature

As a graduate student at the University of Chicago in the early 1950s, Stanley Miller attempted to…

Natural Gas Diagrams Get a Makeover 26 October 2018 Feature

Methane in the subsurface can come from three sources: microbes, the high-temperature breakdown of…

Atlantis Massif Drillsites
Subsurface Life in the Atlantis Massif: Just Add Water? 17 October 2018 Feature

When mantle rocks come into contact with seawater, the resulting reaction, called serpentinization…

The Seafloor “Methane Filter” Takes Years to Regrow After Disruption 8 October 2018 Feature

Each year, about 200 million tons of methane leak out from sediments and cold seeps along the…

Under the Right Conditions, Subduction Zone ‘Factories’ May Manufacture Abiotic Hydrocarbons 25 September 2018 Feature

Subduction zones, where the edge of one tectonic plate slips beneath another, have earned the…

How Microbes Survive When Buried Alive 25 September 2018 Feature

For most microbes that settle into marine sediments, there’s nowhere to go but down. They become…

Serpentine balls
Organic Carbon Shapes Minerals and Metals at Low Temperature in Serpentinite Rocks 4 September 2018 Feature

When exhumed mantle material creates new seafloor along mid-ocean ridges, seawater seeps into…

Etna at night
Different Volcano Types Show Their Metal 3 September 2018 Feature

Living organisms have a complex relationship with metals. In small amounts, some metals are vital…

Did a Burst of Halogens Kick Off the End-Permian Extinction? 27 August 2018 Feature

About 250 million years ago, one of the largest known volcanic events in history flooded the area…

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