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do plants sleep

Plants wake up with the Sun just like we do, scientists say

June 8th, 2021

We don’t really think of plants as life forms that require sleep, and while it’s true that plants don’t “sleep” in the way that animals do, they operate on a circadian rhythm all the same. Researchers have long been fascinated with the mechanisms and schedules that govern the life of a plant, and new research …

how life began

Is lightning the reason that life exists on Earth?

March 17th, 2021

Based on what we know about the history of Earth, life is thought to have taken root here somewhere around 4 billion years ago, give it take a few hundred million years. That’s an extremely large window of time when the very first single-celled organisms may have emerged, and scientists still aren’t sure exactly how …

space news

There might be a whole bunch of Earths in our galaxy

February 22nd, 2021

Scientists believe there are some very basic things that are required for a planet to support life, including water and an atmosphere.  We’ve yet to spot a planet that looks like Earth, with continents, water, and, of course, life. New research from the University of Copenhagen suggests that planets like Earth might actually be abundant …

life on mars

How NASA makes sure it doesn’t contaminate other worlds

February 6th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover is rapidly approaching its destination on Mars, with an expected landing later this month. NASA and other space agencies take great care to ensure that microbes and other contaminants from Earth don’t hitch a ride on missions to other worlds. The precautions can seem extreme, but the importance of ensuring that other …

what is death

New research shows death isn’t ‘like flipping a switch’

February 1st, 2021

Scientists studying the nuances of human death have struggled with defining when death actually happens and when a person has crossed the threshold, making death an inevitability. New research reveals that end-of-life care, which is often a stressful topic for family and medical staff when a person is reaching their end, has a good handle …

venus life

Theory of life on Venus just got absolutely destroyed

January 29th, 2021

Findings of what was thought to be phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus sparked debate over the possibility of life existing on the harsh planet. Now, a new research report offers an explanation that doesn’t hinge on the presence of phosphine and may shoot down the entire theory that life exists on or around Venus. …

proxima centauri life

Living near Proxima Centauri might be impossible

January 4th, 2021

The nearby star Proxima Centauri has long been considered a potential place to search for extraterrestrial life. The more we learn about the star, the more it looks like living on a planet near the star might be impossible. Space weather, including blasts of charged particles from the star, would make life in the system …

life on earth

We’re so, so lucky that life on Earth has survived for this long

December 28th, 2020

Scientists have spent an incredible amount of manpower attempting to determine what conditions support life, and why Earth is so perfect for living things. Now, a researcher simulated 100,000 planets to try to determine how lucky we are that Earth has remained habitable for as long as it has. As it turns out, we’re incredibly …