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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 …

uranus life

Are there aliens hiding around Uranus?

December 26th, 2020

We have yet to find evidence of life outside of Earth, but it may still be hiding within our own solar system. Scientists say that the ingredients for life may exist on some of the moons in our system, including the icy worlds that orbit Uranus. If alien life does exist there, it is likely …

habitable exoplanets

If you’re eager to find aliens, this is great news

November 10th, 2020

A new study suggests that habitable exoplanets may be plentiful in our home galaxy, The Milky Way. Researchers crunched data on thousands of exoplanets that were discovered using NASA’s Kepler space telescope. Unfortunately, while future advancements in telescope technology may allow us to spot habitable worlds, we likely won’t be able to visit them for …

life on titan

Saturn’s moon Titan may have the makings of early life

October 28th, 2020

Saturn’s bizarre moon Titan has carbon-based compounds in its atmosphere that may be a precursor to life.  The surface of Titan is covered in lakes of hydrocarbons which are toxic to life as we know it, but there may be an ocean of liquid water deep beneath the surface. Future missions could probe that ocean …

how life began

Earth’s Moon may be the reason we’re all here today

October 15th, 2020

A new study suggests that Earth’s Moon may have been vital to the protection of Earth’s atmosphere early on in its development.  A sort of “lunar shield” may have protected the atmosphere long from the Sun, giving life on Earth the opportunity to take root. Missions to the Moon in the coming years could prove …

life on venus

Signs of life on Venus may have been found decades ago

October 2nd, 2020

NASA found the clues to life on Venus almost four decades ago but never realized it. A probe that was sent to Venus back in 1978 returned readings that showed the presence of what appears to be phosphine, which may be produced by biological processes. The data supports the recent research that found phosphine in …

life on mars

Will Perseverance find ancient ‘fossils’ on Mars?

September 24th, 2020

The Perseverance rover is currently on route to Mars, and once it gets there it will have the ability to hunt for signs of life like no other rover before it. The rover is equipped with a special X-ray scanning tool that can identify the presence of chemical signatures on rocks. Finding signs of past …

venus life

If there’s life on Venus, where did it come from?

September 22nd, 2020

Researchers have examined various possibilities for how life may have arrived at Venus. Chemical signatures in the atmosphere suggest the possibility of life, but no confirmation has been made. One possibility is that Venus got its life from Earth. In case you hadn’t heard, the biggest scientific news of the month is the discovery of …