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Cuatro Cienegas : a Unique Ecosystem Under Threat

NASA's Curiosity mission on Mars could find what the whole scientific community is waiting for: signs of life -past or present- from the Red Planet which could even help us understand the origins of life. But back on Earth, there is already an open laboratory for such research. Cuatro Cienegas is a small humid area in the desert of Northern Mexico where organisms are perhaps the most primitive on Earth. The place is a treasure chest for scientists, it's also a fragile and endangered ecosystem.

By Matthieu COMIN , Laurence CUVILLIER

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2014-09-19 Russia

Ukraine's 'volunteer' battalions: Under Kiev's control?

Ukraine is offering temporary self-rule to areas of its eastern Donbass region currently controlled by separatists. It’s part of a ceasefire deal, but one that was virtually...

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2014-09-18 children

Cleaning up Thailand's shady surrogacy industry

In the absence of rules, surrogacy has become a thriving - and shady - business in Thailand. But things could be about to change as a series of highly publicised cases have...

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2014-09-17 referendum

Scottish referendum: Should I stay or should I go?

This Wednesday is the final day of campaigning before people living in Scotland vote on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom. Our correspondents in Scotland have been to...

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2014-09-16 refugees

Italy: The search for missing migrants

As hundreds more migrants are feared dead in the Mediterranean, we're looking into the disappearance of many of those who do make it to Europe, hoping for a better life....

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2014-09-15 refugees

Lebanon: Islamic State organisation advances on refugee camps

After Iraq and Syria, Lebanon appears to be the next theatre of operations for the radical Islamic State organisation. Arsal, a remote town on the Syrian border, has become the...

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