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Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice 46

Posted by samzenpus
from the cold-living dept.
MikeChino writes A new paper by a group of researchers from Montana State University confirms that life can survive under antarctic ice. Researchers led by John Priscu drilled down into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and pulled up organisms called Archaea. These organisms survive by converting methane into energy, enabling them to survive where there is no wind or sunlight, buried deep under the ice.
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Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice

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  • The Old Ones (Score:4, Insightful)

    by plopez (54068) on Friday August 22, 2014 @03:30AM (#47727093) Journal

    They better not stir them up

  • Ob H.P. Lovecraft [dagonbytes.com]
  • by hyades1 (1149581) <hyades1@hotmail.com> on Friday August 22, 2014 @03:50AM (#47727149)

    "These organisms survive by converting methane into energy, enabling them to survive where there is no wind or sunlight..."

    I convert methane into something...worse.

  • Life is created under ideal conditions then it evolves to survive in harsh environments. Certainly I would prefer to believe that the opposite is true, but the evidence presented so far does not support that.

  • These organisms survive by converting methane into energy, enabling them to survive where there is no wind or sunlight, buried deep under the ice.

    Whats producing the methane?

  • The "butterfly collectors" are surprised again ... well some are. The others are getting used to the idea that they really have no clue about where and how life can exist.

  • The case for life in the oceans which appear to exist below the ice crust of Europa just got a little stronger.
  • I see that nobody has asked the really important question.

    How do they taste?

    • by cusco (717999)

      Having ingested fumarole Archea (and survived the truly amazing case of the 24-hour runs resulting from that stupidity) I would guess really, really nasty.

  • yep, knew it all along

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