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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Career Goat: Leadership

Hi All,

lisaWell I hope things are going well and you had time to attend the range of events as part of ‘Career Festival’ held at Monash.

Are you are busy preparing applications for ‘Graduate Programs’? Don’t forget you can book an appointment with me or one of the consultants in Career Connect for advice and feedback. Book your appointment here.

In this week’s edition of ‘Career Goat’ I would like to talk about ‘Leadership’.



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Liquid water flows on Mars….somewhat intermittently.

Evidence has been found recently, via NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), indicating the presence of liquid water on Mars.

Dark, long streaks found on Mars’ surface (referred to as recurring slope lineae) have been an area of inquiry since 2010. Since they appear to ebb and flow with time and are present only in the warmer season, scientists have often thought that these downhill flows could be related to liquid water.

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