Tag: life

Undersea anchors of ice that help prevent Antarctica's land ice from slipping into the ocean are shrinking at more than twice the rate compared with 50 years ago, research shows. More than a third of these frozen...
An international team of scientists from China, the U.S. and Europe has studied new fossils of the marine reptile Dinocephalosaurus orientalis. This research has made it possible to fully describe the bizarre, very impressive animal for...

Life on Earth uses water as a solvent. What are some other options for life as we don’t know it?

There is a vast menagerie of potentially habitable worlds in the cosmos, which means the universe could be home to a diversity of life...

Mass extinction event shows how life responds to extreme changes

A recent study from USC Dornsife has unveiled startling new insights into one of Earth’s most devastating mass extinction events.  The research not only deepens our understanding...

Saturn’s icy moon may hold the building blocks of life

As astrophysics technology and research continue to advance, one question persists: is there life elsewhere in the universe? The Milky Way galaxy alone has...

Could life exist in molecular clouds?

Our search for life beyond Earth is still in its infancy. We're focused on Mars and, to a lesser extent, ocean moons like Jupiter's...

New microfossils suggest earlier rise in complex life

Microfossils from Western Australia may capture a jump in the complexity of life that coincided with the rise of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere and...

Curiosity rover finds new evidence of ancient Mars rivers, a key signal for life

New analysis of data from the Curiosity rover reveals that much of the craters on Mars today could have once been habitable rivers. "We're finding...

Is it life, or is it volcanoes?

Astronomers are working hard to understand biosignatures and how they indicate life's presence on an exoplanet. But each planet we encounter is a unique...

Did life exist on Mars? Other planets? With AI’s help, we may know soon

Scientists have discovered a simple and reliable test for signs of past or present life on other planets—"the holy grail of astrobiology." In the journal Proceedings...

How to prove you’ve discovered alien life: New research offers a guide

In the past few decades, several phenomena have led to excited speculation in the scientific community that they might indeed be indications that there...

How to prove you’ve discovered alien life: New research offers a guide

In the past few decades, several phenomena have led to excited speculation in the scientific community that they might indeed be indications that there...

Exoplanet 120 light years from Earth hints at possible life and rare oceans

Chemicals that hint at life have been found in the atmosphere of an exoplanet 120 light years from Earth. ‌The James Webb Telescope spotted signs of methane, carbon dioxide...

A role for meteoritic iron in the emergence of life on Earth

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and Ludwig Maximilians University Munich have proposed a new scenario for the emergence of the first...

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