Exoplanets: How we’ll search for signs of life

Arizona State University Whether there is life elsewhere in the universe is a question people have pondered for millennia; and within the last few decades, great strides have been made…

Mars’ water was mineral-rich and salty

New study finds surface waters on early Mars may have been habitable for microbial life Tokyo Institute of Technology Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in…

Astronomers reveal interstellar thread of one of life’s building blocks

ALMA and Rosetta map the journey of phosphorus ESO Phosphorus, present in our DNA and cell membranes, is an essential element for life as we know it. But how it…

New Organic Compounds Found in Enceladus Ice Grains

From NASA In this image captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in 2007, the plumes of Enceladus are clearly visible. The moon is nearly in front of the Sun from Cassini’s…

Study shows some exoplanets may have greater variety of life than exists on Earth

Goldschmidt Conference A new study indicates that some exoplanets may have better conditions for life to thrive than Earth itself has. “This is a surprising conclusion”, said lead researcher Dr…