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URI researchers: Microbes deep beneath seafloor survive on byproducts of radioactive process

(University of Rhode Island) Research conducted by scientists at the University of Rhode Island published today in Nature Communications found that microbes living in ancient sediment below the seafloor are sustained primarily by chemicals created by the natural irradiation of water molecules. Results of this research may have implications for life on Mars.

Hidden world just below the surface

(University of Hawaii at Manoa) A team of scientists from NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Arizona State University and elsewhere have discovered that a diverse array of marine animals find refuge in so-called ‘surface slicks’ in Hawai’i. These ocean features create a superhighway of nursery habitat for more than 100 species of commercially and ecologically important fishes, such as mahi-mahi, jacks, and billfish. Their findings were published today in the journal Scientific Reports.

Geologists produce new timeline of Earth’s Paleozoic climate changes

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT geologists have produced a new timeline of Earth’s Paleozoic climate changes. The record shows ancient temperature variations coinciding with shifts in planet’s biodiversity.