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The Titanic and the science of cave microbes

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Penny Boston, a New Mexico Tech professor famed for her work on the mysterious microbes deep in caves, seems to be threading an unusual needle with this talk next week at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science:

Dr. Penelope Boston studies extreme microbial lifeforms who live in environments that share features with the microorganisms that are breaking down the hulls of the Titanic. But more personally, Dr. Boston’s grandfather, William John Boston, served aboard Titanic as a crew member on her maiden voyage in 1912—profoundly affecting her family and perhaps leading to Dr. Boston’s own unusual career. Hear about the time in which the Titanic sinking occurred, its aftermath, and the emerging science as we watch the Titanic break down in the extreme environment of the cold, deep, mid-Atlantic.

Penny’s great. I’d recommend any talk of hers. But this one sounds especially fun. Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 PM. $6 General, $5 Members, $4 Students

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