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The foundations of life may have formed in cold environments, not hot or temperant

The scientific debate over the origins of life have found support for molecular formation and replication in boiling hot deep-sea hydrothermal vents and volcanic hot springs, as well as the warm little ponds postulated by Darwin. Now comes evidence for the other end of the temperature spectrum, the very...

Hydrothermal vent communities are unexpectantly diverse

During the late 1970's, researchers discovered and elucidated deep-sea vent ecosystems. The picture was one of large tube worms, mussels, and other animals that lived on the chemical energy put forth by these vents. Now, researchers are finding that these communities are more diverse than originally...