Several geckos are at risk of a rude return to earth after Russia lost control of a research satellite testing the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives.
The role that Earth's oceans have on our planet's habitability is undeniable, but now scientists think that exoplanetary oceans are essential for alien life to evolve. Continue reading →
In experiments on terrestrial methane-producing microorganisms, researchers have found that they can survive Mars-like temperature extremes. Continue reading →
Seeking out biomarkers on exoplanets could be the next big endeavor -- but what would it take to detect a key component of alien photosynthesis? Continue reading →
A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected -- and with very surprising flowers.
Earth may be a nice and cozy place for life as we know it to evolve, but is it really the best place for life to thrive? Probably not, say two researchers. Continue reading →
The site where NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity landed last year contains at least one lake that would have been perfectly suited for colonies of simple, rock-eating microbes found in caves and hydrothermal vents on Earth.
In our quest to discover strange new life on strange new worlds, a group of astronomers have determined that if we are to detect extraterrestrial biology, we should fine-tune our search to the color purple. Continue reading →
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