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Riled Up is a journal of science, the environment, exploration, new technology, and related commentary.  Contributors include scientists, explorers, engineers, and others who provide perspectives and context not typically offered in general news circulation.  For interested readers, additional resources are included.

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Hot bugs

Enzymes are bio-molecules produced in the cells of all fungi, bacteria, yeasts, animals, and plants. They act as catalysts used in everything from laundry detergents, to meat tenderizers, from brewing beer, producing cheese, and digesting cellulose. Enzymes are essential to natural recycling functions of ecosystems and have become part of commercial processes more numerous than can be easily listed. They are biochemical workhorses due to the elegant specificity of their catalytic ...
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Life finds a way

Life finds a way. You can boil it, burn it, freeze it, zap it, crush it, smoke it or shove it deep into the depths of the Earth, life will find a way to survive. That's what scientists keep finding, as extremophile  -- little animals that love extreme environments (the adrenaline junkies of the animal kingdom) -- keep popping up in unexpected places. This latest little guy was found a mile under the surface and named Mephisto, after the devil. What's amazing is that he is (it is?) much ...
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