Big Picture Science - Say La Vie
Researchers have discovered life in a buried Antarctic lake. But we’re not surprised. Life is amazingly adaptive. Expose it to any environment – heat, ice, acid or even jet fuel – and thrives. But this discovery of life under the ice may have exciting implications for finding biology beyond Earth.
Scientists share their discovery, and how they drilled down through a half-mile of ice.
Also, plunge into another watery alien world with director James Cameron, and the first solo dive to the deepest, darkest part of the ocean.
Plus, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist tries to create life in his lab to learn more about biology’s origins, and Martian fossils abound in Robert J. Sawyer’s latest sci-fi novel.
- Helen Amanda Fricker – Glaciologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego
- Jill Mikucki – Microbiologist at the University of Tennessee
- Chris McKay – Planetary scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
- Jack Szostak – Nobel Prize winning chemist, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital
- James Cameron – film director and explorer-in-residence for National Geographic
- Robert J. Sawyer – Hugo Award-winning author; most recently: Red Planet Blues
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