Big Picture Science – Say La Vie

by Gary Niederhoff on February 11, 2013









Researchers have discovered life in a buried Antarctic lake. But we’re not surprised. Life is amazingly adaptive. Expose it to any environment – heat, ice, acid or even jet fuel – and it thrives. But this discovery of life under the ice may have exciting implications for finding biology beyond Earth.

Scientists share their discovery, and how they drilled down through a half-mile of ice.

Also, plunge into another watery alien world with director James Cameron, and the first solo dive to the deepest, darkest part of the ocean.

Plus, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist tries to create life in his lab to learn more about biology’s origins, and martian fossils abound in Robert J. Sawyer’s latest sci-fi novel.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Helen Fricker and Jill Mikucki on extremophiles discovered in a frozen Antarctic lake
Part 2: Chris McKay on what that discovery may mean
Part 3: Jack Szostak on creating life in the lab
Part 4: James Cameron on Challenger Deep
Part 5: Chris McKay on where we find life on Earth
Part 6: Robert Sawyer on Red Planet Blues

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