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Muammar Mansor, who conducted research on Italy’s Frasassi Cave while earning his Ph.D. at Penn State, analyzed gypsum found in the cave to detect the presence of microbes there. This blueprint for identifying life can be applied to other planets, Penn State researchers said. Image: Zena Cardman

Deep Italian cave offers clues for how to detect life on Mars

According to new research by Penn State scientists, a massive cave in Italy can tell us about life on Mars and other planets. Scientists particularly...