News tagged with hydrothermal vents

Life's origins in need of metals

Scientists have proposed a new potential catalyst for jump-starting metabolism, and life itself, on the early Earth. Transition metals like iron, copper and nickel along with small organic molecules could ...

Sep 10, 2010
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Life after Catastrophe

Scientists studying deep-sea hydrothermal vents have found that larvae travel hundreds of miles to re-colonize these harsh locations after a volcanic eruption. The new study could challenge existing beliefs ...

Aug 02, 2010
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Submarine robots learn teamwork

New technology developed by European researchers will allow autonomous underwater vehicles to work together as a team. It increases the scope of submarine applications for autonomous vehicles. Even better, ...

Jul 06, 2010
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Pioneering Deep-Sea Robot Lost at Sea

(PhysOrg.com) -- A pioneering deep-sea exploration robot -- one of the first successful submersible vehicles that was both unmanned and untethered to surface ships -- was lost at sea Friday, March 5, on a ...

Mar 09, 2010
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Shallow Origins

In finding answers to the mystery of the origin of life, scientists may not have to dig too deep. New research is shedding light on shallower waters as a possible location for where life on Earth began.

Dec 22, 2009
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Climate variability impacts the deep sea

Deep-sea ecosystems occupying 60% of the Earth's surface could be vulnerable to the effects of global warming warn scientists writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Nov 02, 2009
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Oases for Life on the Mid-Caymen Rise

A team of oceanographers and astrobiologists is currently exploring one of the deepest points in the Caribbean Sea. Follow their blog as they search for life in this extreme seafloor environment.

Oct 21, 2009
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