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While wearing a sterile over suit to prevent contamination, Sarah Johnson collects samples of desiccated microbial from an ancient lake bed in Taylor Valley. The Edge Of Life
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday September 19, 2017

Researchers working in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys found evidence, in ancient dried microbial mats, of microorganisms that may have been alive for thousands of years. The discovery could have implications for biology in other parts of the world and even on other planets, such as Mars.
A baby Weddell seal lounges on top of the sea ice. Scientists hope to understand how the species is able to stay underwater for up to 90 minutes. Seals Don't Waste their Breath
Science / The Biological World
Monday March 27, 2017

The ubiquitous Weddell seals that live around McMurdo Station are the region's undisputed diving champs, able to hold their breath for 90-plus minutes. That's at least three times as long as any other air-breathing animal in the region. It's an impressive feat, and how they're able to stay under for so long is what Emmanuel Buys and his team have been investigating over the past two seasons in Antarctica.

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