Astronomy current events question: microbes living under Antarctic ice

Astronomy 210L, fall semester 2014
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Students are assigned to read online articles on current astronomy events, and take a short current events quiz during the first 10 minutes of lab. (This motivates students to show up promptly to lab, as the time cut-off for the quiz is strictly enforced!)
Louisiana State University press release, "Viable Microbial Ecosystem Confirmed 800 Meters Beneath Antarctic Ice," August 21, 2014
National Science Foundation funded researchers discovered life forms under the Antarctic ice sheet that may be similar to life on Mars, surviving by:
(A) harvesting energy from minerals.
(B) burrowing deep into volcanic vents.
(C) absorbing radioactivity.
(D) extreme hibernation.
(E) constructing protective shells.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 15 students
(B) : 9 students
(C) : 2 students
(D) : 9 students
(E) : 10 students

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