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Unusual life discovered in Mexican crystal caves gives insight to astrobiologists

By Lauren Puckett BOSTON — Deep in the caves of Naica, Mexico — some 800 meters below ground, where geothermal heat pushed temperatures into the range of 113 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit — Penelope Boston found something incredible. Within the cave’s enormous sparkling crystals, tiny microbial organisms lived in pockets of fluid. Boston’s attempts to…

John Rodgers moderates a discussion on the challenges of science reporting since the 2016 election. From left to right: John Rodgers, Joseph Romm, Meera Subramanian, Seth Boronstein and Naomi Orekes.

Scientists, want to anonymously tip journalists? Here’s how

BOSTON – At a session Thusday on environmental journalism in the age of Trump, panelists found plenty to disagree about. One example of disagreement was whether those who reject mainstream climate science should be called “deniers,” as Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes declares, or “doubters,” following a 2015 Associated Press style decision. But there was one thing on…

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Five MU faculty elected AAAS fellows

Careers involving pigs, stem cells, protein structures and a range of other research areas won five MU faculty members spots as 2015 fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. The award, which dates back to 1874, recognizes members of AAAS whose scientific work or work promoting…