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…

Katherine Hambrick

Katherine Hambrick is a Science and Agricultural Convergence- Journalism student at the University of Missouri. Her focus on environmental science and climate issue stories, though she enjoys all science and agricultural topics. Katherine also loves using emerging technologies to tell scientific stories believes that these new mediums are the future of science journalism. Katherine grew…

Marlee Ellison

Marlee Ellison is a junior at the University of Missouri in Columbia studying arts and culture magazine journalism. She is a current music blogger at Vox Magazine and a former reporter for the Columbia Missourian.  She’s specifically interested in nutrition and food science in relation to income inequality and America’s obesity crisis. She wonders what…

Kelsi Anderson

Kelsi Anderson is a student reporter for Unearthed magazine, who is taking Science, Health and Environmental writing in Spring 2016. She also reports for the Missourian and writes for the MU College of Engineering’s communications office. Kelsi loves everything STEM-related and fancies herself an amateur linguist. In her spare time you can find her reading…