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Lighting a candle in the dark

More than two billion years ago, a group of microorganisms called cyanobacteria invented oxygenic photosynthesis, the process that turns light, carbon dioxide, and water into chemical energy and oxygen. Cyanobacteria are the plants of the microbial world - in fact, plants can perform photosynthesis because... click to read more

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published on Jun 24, 2019
How to search for water on Mars

The presence of water is considered a necessary condition for the existence of life as we know it. Even if Mars is today a cold and arid place, there is ample evidence that things were different in the past, and that rivers, lakes and perhaps... click to read more

  • Roberto Orosei | Staff researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Istituto di Radioastronomia, Bologna, Italy
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published on Oct 1, 2018