Life inside Pluto? Hot birth may have created internal ocean on dwarf planet

Pluto began hot inside, study of its surface fractures suggests

David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: solar-system dwarf-planets alien-life pluto extraterrestrial-life

Dust storms may shed light on life on Mars

The chemical reactions that dust storms on Mars cause indicate that our quest to find life on the red planet may need to go beneath the surface.

Shawn Ballard-Wash. U. in St. Louis • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space planets mars weather alien-life science-and-technology dust

Evolution: why it seems to have a direction and what to expect next

Evolution seems to lead to increasing complexity of species. But perhaps a dominant, intelligent species like humans will always end up destroying itself.

Matthew Wills, Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at the Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: evolution human-evolution alien-life sixth-mass-extinction

Could alien microbes make their way to Earth?

A new report digs into plans to protect our planet from alien microbes or cross-contamination from other worlds, also known as "planetary quarantine."

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space microbes astronauts viruses alien-life featured health-and-medicine

Hydrogen-breathing aliens? Study suggests new approach to finding extraterrestrial life

New research expands the pool of habitable worlds to include super-Earths with hydrogen-rich atmospheres.

David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: exoplanets bacteria spectroscopy microbes hydrogen extra-terrestrials alien-life

Jezero crater on Mars may harbor signs of life

River delta deposits in Mars' Jezero crater formed on and off for 400,000 years—long enough to record evidence of ancient life, new research shows.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: water mars alien-life science-and-technology craters

Team finds origins for building blocks of life

"We think we have found the building blocks of life—the Lego set that led, ultimately, to the evolution of cells, animals, and plants."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: evolution alien-life proteins featured science-and-technology early-earth

Team finds origins for building blocks of life

"We think we have found the building blocks of life—the Lego set that led, ultimately, to the evolution of cells, animals, and plants."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: evolution alien-life proteins featured science-and-technology early-earth

What exoplanets can tell us about Earth

"We don't only look at other planets to know what's out there. It's also a way for us to learn things about the planet that's under our own feet."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space exoplanets planets water plate-tectonics earth alien-life science-and-technology magnetic-fields

The proto-Earth formed in a cosmic minute and a half

The proto-Earth formed surprisingly quickly, new research shows. The finding ups the chance of finding water and life on other planets.

Anders Buch-Larsen-Copenhagen • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space exoplanets planets water alien-life science-and-technology early-earth

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