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Astrophysics Spotlights

Jan 26, 2015

What do microbial communities have in common, and can studying rock-dwelling microbes teach us anything about those that dwell in our gut? Microbiologist Jocelyne DiRuggiero explains the connections.

Jan 26, 2015

Fresh from the January Rossi Prize Lecture, the scientists who discovered the “Fermi bubbles,” two of the largest structures in the Milky Way, say the bubbles can tell of our galaxy’s past – and even help find dark matter.

Jan 26, 2015

On January 28, astrobiologists Jocelyne DiRuggiero and Christopher McKay discussed how microbiomes - the communities of microbes that inhabit different ecosystems - is driving the search for life elsewhere in the universe.

Jan 25, 2015

Armed with new knowledge about how microbes persist even in the Earth’s harshest environments, astrobiologists are planning the next missions to search for life in our solar system. Their bets are on microbes.