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Confirmed: Microbial life found half mile below Antarctic ice sheet
Confirmed: Microbial life found half mile below Antarctic ice sheet

In an icy lake half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists have discovered a diverse ecosystem of single-celled organisms that have managed to survive without ever seeing the light of the sun. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature is not so much a surprise as a triumph of science and engineering. The research team spent 10 years and more than $10 million to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that life did indeed exist in subglacial lakes near the South Pole. ------------ FOR THE RECORD Aug. 21, 11:54 a.m.: An earlier version of this post misspelled lead author Brent Christner's name as Christener. ------------ "It's the real...

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