Was looking for a video to use in class and stumbled upon this spectacular footage of ocean-floor hydrothermal systems (black smokers) and the extreme communities of life found there.

elite-extremophile asked:

✈, ✐, ♚, ♛, ♪, ✌, ღ, ✬

woo. more questions!

✈ hobbies? I really really like fishing. I used to draw a lot, but not so much anymore. 

✐  fave types of movies? comedies and horror. but old horror. I don’t really care for newer ones much.

♚ favorite eye color? I’ve always been a sucker for blue eyes.

♛ favorite hair color? No preference.

♪  music you like? I like a little bit of everything, but mostly metal-ish hardcore schtuff.

✌ favorite bands/singers? periphery, the contortionist, atreyu, senses fail, machine head, soilwork, vildhjarta, whitechapel, devildriver, mastodon, alexisonfire. I’ve got tons more, those are just at the top of my head.

ღ mottos? I don’t really have a specific favorite. anything positive, mostly.

✬  photo of me? 

leslydirtydirtykid asked:

Lucky!!!! I don't see them until July! What did they play???????!

Selkies: The Endless Obsession
Lay Your Ghosts to Rest
Extremophile Elite
Memory Palace
Sun of Nothing
Disease, Injury, Madness
Silent Flight Parliament
Goodbye to Everything Reprise
White Walls


mutefrances asked:

11, 15, 24

11.  A song that you never get tired of.

Honestly, over the past couple years Extremophile Elite has aged extremely well for me.  For its length it’s dynamic enough to not really feel as long as it is, and the glockenspiel solo is a fun little novelty among a bunch of really interesting riffs.

15.  A song that is a cover by another artist.

Since I was just talking about their ABBA covers last night I feel obligated to go with Voulez Vous as performed by Erasure.

24.  A song by a band that you wish were still together.

I don’t know, a lot of the time by the time a group splits up they’ve already run their course, or someone died and I can respect not wanting to go on after that.

I guess if I could do resurrections though I wouldn’t mind seeing Black Sabbath with Dio.  Heaven and Hell is my favorite Sabbath album overall, though Mob Rules had plenty of good songs too.

I was tagged by bi-bi-lil-ben-wyatt

Name: Isobella
Nickname: Bella/Bellakins
Birthday: August 20th, 1998
Star sign: Leo
Gender: Cisfemale (although I’m not really sure atm. Like I don’t feel like any gender but this isn’t a huge thing for me so I’m just procrastinating for a while.)
Height: around 175-180cm
Sexual orientation: Bisexual
Romantic orientation: Biromantic
Favourite colour: Royal or pastel blue. 
Time and date at the current moment: 12:24pm, 10/04/2015
Average hours of sleep: 8 hours if I don’t have school work to do.
Lucky number: 82. It’s not, but I don’t have one. 
The last thing I googled: “what are extremophiles”
First word that comes to mind: minions
One place that makes me happy: that one nerdy collectible store in Tasmania that shut down. i got heaps of star trek merchandise for $40 and the guy just discussed star wars and stuff with me for a while. 
How many blankets do I sleep under: 1 thick one. i need another though as its a bit cold.
Favourite fictional character: spencer reid or nyota uhura
Favourite famous person: chris evans or nichelle nichols
Favourite books: agatha christie and textbooks about space.
Favourite animes: i don’t watch anime.
Favourite TV shows: Star Trek (all of them), criminal minds, hannibal, community and miranda.
Favourite musicians/band(s): bruno mars, maroon 5, and recently ive found out about neon jungle and you should definitely listen to their cover of take me to church (link here)
Favourite games: star trek online, chess, bullshit (the card game. i cheat really well with this game), logic puzzles and sudoku.
Last movie: Captain America: the Winter Soldier
Dream holiday: i’d like to visit Vulcan and i’d also like to go down to melbourne for a few weeks with jade and connor and esther perhaps. just friends shopping without loud conversations. 
Dream job: astronaut/astronomist or psychologist specialising in criminal behaviours.
Wearing right now: just my old blacks from dance class (old tights with holes and an old shirt with holes)
Last book I read: i last read my psych textbook but before that i read persuasion (for school and i didnt really like it)

I tag readysteadytrek, petimetrek, captainofthenx02, deltaflyer, protector-of-the-small and whoever else wants to do this. 

They Are Gathering

A guilt-racked captain suffering from PTSD, a linguistic genius with Asperger’s Syndrome, a cocky drug-addicted pilot, an over-cautious government official, an introverted engineer looking to start a new life, a doctor who’s fled from a technophobic spiritual colony and a scientist from an underground species of extremophiles form the unlikely crew of science fiction’s newest adventure series: Curiosity.

The research vessel Curiosity was decommissioned a quarter of a century ago, but as the only starship within range, her and her crew of misfits are tasked with solving the mystery of an ancient alien artefact and preventing the destruction of the planet Earth.

Can they learn to work as a team and put their lives on the line in time to save the human race from the devastating effects of an amplified Gamma Ray Burst? Will they uncover the secrets of the shadowy alien race behind the planned omnicide?

Join the crew of the starship Curiosity to find out.

I’m excited about my third novel. As a lifelong Science Fiction fan, I’m not sure why it’s taken me until my third novel to delve into traditional Sci-Fi. My second novel, K A R A is a fantasy story set a hundred years in the future and so contains many Sci-Fi elements, but this one will be full-on Sci to the Fi. You know, with starships and aliens and all that cool future tech.

But the main reason I’m so passionate about this story is that it’s the first ensemble story I’ve written and I love being able to switch from one character’s perspective to another’s. It helps to ease what can sometimes be a painstaking grind of telling an A to B story entirely from a single person’s point of view.

I won’t lie – I’m psyched about the cast of characters in this book. Each has their own, unique personality traits which gives me a broad palette to work with and sets up the possibility of many interesting interactions. Sure, the starship Curiosity will fly, but so will sparks!

Some authors are great at holding back the premise of their novels until they are ready to be published. I’m not that kind of author, although I sometimes wish I were.

My intention is for this book to be the first in a series, but for a series to be worthwhile it needs readers willing to follow this bunch of characters from one adventure to the next.

So, I’d like to put the feelers out early on. I’m about 27,000 words deep into this thing and it would be nice to know if there are people out there interested in reading it.

If you enjoy stories about the crew of a spaceship working together to solve a problem, if you’re a fan of Star Trek or Star Wars or Firefly, you might like this.

I’ll post more details and progress reports as I go.

–Martin Cosgrove

There are an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the known universe, each with billions of stars. We have already been able to observe over 10 ‘earth-like’ planets which could sustain life. Even in the most hostile and seemingly un-habitable places in the world, we find life in the form of extremophiles. If there isn’t extraterrestrial life that would be a statistical miracle.

Sophia Sánchez-Maes: Pioneering work on algae as energy source

Sophia Sánchez-Maes: Pioneering work on algae as energy source

Sophia Sánchez-Maes just turned 17, but you’d never guess it by looking at her résumé. The Mayfield senior has already racked up more than 90 credit hours at New Mexico State University, discussed her research on the future of algae as a biofuel with President Obama, and won countless prestigious awards in science, mathematics and technology.

“Everything I’ve been able to accomplish so far starts…

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elite-extremophile asked:

Aphrodite, Athena, Hermes, Hestia, Poseidon, and Zeus

Aphrodite - what do you find attractive in a person? having a sense of humor. if they can make me laugh then they’re already ten times more attractive, similar taste in music, maturity.

Athena - share a piece of wisdom. never make eye contact while eating a banana.

Hermes - last text you sent? it was to my dad and it says “okay.”

Hestia - describe your ideal house. I’ve always loved my aunt’s house, although it scares the shit out of me sometimes. right outside of town. double living room. decent size kitchen. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. I want one with a fence around the yard because damnit, I want a dog or two.

Poseidon - list 3 fears. heights. confined spaces. the future.

Zeus - 3 places you want to travel to. Ireland. Germany. and I really want to go back to Florida.


Bacteria Series - deinococcus radiodurans

Deinococcus radiodurans is an extremophilic bacterium, one of the most radiation-resistant organisms known. It can survive cold, dehydration, vacuum, and acid, and is therefore known as a polyextremophile and has been listed as the world’s toughest bacterium in The Guinness Book Of World Records.


Extremophile Elite - Between the Buried and Me intro piano #sunday #progmetal #music #piano

This is extreme cave explorer Bill Stone.

For over a decade Stone and the GALA exploration group have exploring the deepest cave in the western hemisphere- The supercave Chevé system in Mexico.

In 1990 one of Stone’s teammates  dropped some fluorescent dye into the stream at the entrance, and it tumbled into the Santo Domingo eight days later, eleven miles away and eighty-five hundred feet below, no other cave has such proven depths.

Record cave depths are not like mountain heights. Everest was the world’s tallest peak long before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled it. But a cave is only officially a cave when people have passed through it. To explore some of the deepest caves in the world requires being underground for up to a month.

Researchers have also looked to cave explorers to study “extremophiles,” microbes that exist in extreme conditions and have build antibiotic resistance over thousands of years in isolation. Studying their behavior could show us the future of the human battle against resistant bacteria, but only if we can protect these untouched environments from the encroaching deforestation and human contamination.



Between the Buried and Me “Extremophile Elite” (LIVE)