News of the WeekASTROBIOLOGY SCIENCE CONFERENCE 2006

Life Slow Enough to Live on Radioactivity

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Science  14 Apr 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5771, pp. 179
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5771.179a

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-- At the Astrobiology Science Conference 2006, held here from 26 to 30 March, researchers announced a new measurement that suggests that a substantial number of subsurface microbes might be surviving solely by consuming a product of feeble radioactive decay lingering from before Earth's formation. (Read more.)