Antarctic Fungi survives Martian simulation

After 18 months aboard the International Space Station a species of Fungi from Antarctica has survived Martian like conditions relatively intact.

At least 60% of the cryptoendolithic cells managed to survive the simulation and continued to exhibit stable DNA.

The fungi were kept in an environment of 95% CO2, 1.6% argon, 0.15% oxygen and 2.7% nitrogen at a pressure of 1,000 pascals. Samples were also exposed to harsh ultra violet radiation as they would be on the surface of Mars.

The simulation will help to provide answers on what biological life on Mars might look like and where it could be hiding.

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Time lapse videos for your viewing pleasure.

Need a guilt free study break?? Feast your scientist eyes on these remarkable time lapse videos brought to you by Patel Lab.

Below is a video recording the development of frog eggs but other videos on the site include those documentingDrosophila development (genetics students will be familar with this model organism) as well as the water basedParhyale.

Published by Nipam H. Patel


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What actually happens when a jellyfish stings you?

We all know that jellyfish are venomous and that they sting you if you are unfortunate enough to get too close but what is actually happening?

Australian scientists at James Cook University in Cairns have captured the microscopic response of nematocysts (the organelle responsible for injecting you with venom) belonging to a sea anemone. On average it took 11 milliseconds before these microscopic needles deployed and therefore needed to be watched in slow motion (see GIF below).


For the full length video, brought to you by youtuber SmaterEveryDay click here.

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