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Jul 21, 2014 01:49 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
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 →
May 20, 2014 02:15 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
In experiments on terrestrial methane-producing microorganisms, researchers have found that they can survive Mars-like temperature extremes. Continue reading →
May 5, 2014 04:47 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
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 →
Apr 11, 2014 12:30 PM ET // AFP
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.
Feb 3, 2014 12:45 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
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 →
Dec 9, 2013 12:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
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.
Nov 14, 2013 02:30 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
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 →
Sep 9, 2013 08:50 PM ET // Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com
Scientists have discovered unexpected ingredients for life -- organic molecules never seen before in meteorites -- inside a chunk of space rock that fell to Earth over California last year.
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