This deep-sea mystery is changing our understanding of life | Karen Lloyd

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How deep into the Earth can we go and still find life? Marine microbiologist Karen Lloyd introduces us to deep-subsurface microbes: tiny organisms that live buried meters deep in ocean mud and have been on Earth since way before animals. Learn more about these mysterious microbes, which refuse to grow in the lab and seem to have a fundamentally different relationship with time and energy than we do.

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Great speaker . She does a fantastic at passing that enthusiasm on.

Author — Jack Northrup


Maybe the petri dishes need to be under several hundred atmospheres of pressure to simulate the conditions that the microbes exist in.

Author — Kevin Deemster


“Scientific evidence against existential loneliness”.. NICE!

Author — Sakshi Singh


Enthusiastic, passionate, articulate and candid! She made a fascinating TED talk!! Great one!

Author — 0megalvyz1


"Time to get up!!!"
"Just five more centuries, mom."
"That's what you said five centuries ago!"

Author — David Buschhorn


Her passion for her work is truly admirable. Awesome talk.

Author — 75350v8


I love how she loves what she does so much.
I also love her dress

Author — dumpster


These are a contingency plan. When humans wipe out all life, these bad boys will be waiting to repopulate the planet... slowly, but surely. They are our eventual replacement.

Author — John Wilson


Maybe these microbes are earth's backup drive where its keeps the data on how life works.

Author — Bhasker Joshi


I like her sm ! She's so intelligent and charming

Author — preternatural


Extremely interesting talk. I'm curious how the microbes in Lake Baikal's sediment compares.

Author — CJ Calhoun


"No, mom. I can't just 'go play outside.' It will shorten my life span."

Author — Josh T


Brilliant speaker, both funny and informative. She has certainly sparked my interest in the subject

Author — Keith Williams


This blew my mind! Now I know why she can't stop thinking about it.

Author — Olivia Meiring


@5:31 "Scientific evidence against existential loneliness!" :D

Author — sanjuansteve


"So in my job on a daily basis, I get to produce scientific evidence against existential loneliness" Thank you.

Author — Wavyeye


Fantastic talk. But if these bacteria grow that much slower than the ones we knew before, doesn't that mean they have had less generations to change their genomes? So basically they should be very behind in evolution, so can't we get information about early cells?

Author — Werner Lucey


What a gorgeous woman, loves her work and is passionate about what she does. Beautiful, sexy, smart, well spoken.

Author — Patrick P


I'd like to add one more speculation. How about suspended animation. Since it appears we will not be traveling at FTL speeds anytime soon, maybe we could use this knowledge to shut ourselves down for 1000 year space journey's.

Author — Harry White


I'm only 11262848800 pineapples old. I hope I live to be 32179568000 pineapples.

Author — enilenis