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    NASA Scientists Get All The Cool Toys, Including This Hydrothermal Ocean Vent Simulator

    We're not going to lie -- sometimes, it occurs to us that we only ever wanted to be scientists because of all the neat toys they get to play with. That probably has something to do with why we didn't end up becoming scientists. Well, that and our inability to perform any but the most basic mathematical operations. We do still want to play with researcher's toys, though -- especially things like this gizmo at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) that simulates the hot, high-pressure conditions found in undersea hydrothermal vents in an effort to find out if those vents could have acted as incubators for the amino acids that many think were the first crude steps toward life on Earth.

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