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Research creates DNA-like molecule to aid search for alien life  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
In a research breakthrough funded by NASA, scientists have synthesized a molecular system that, like DNA, can store and transmit information. This unprecedented feat suggests there could be... more
Do volcanoes or an asteroid deserve blame for dinosaur extinction?  SCIENCE DAILY · 11 hours
Scientists have obtained more precise dates for the Deccan Traps volcanic lava flows, linking peak activity more closely to the asteroid or comet impact 66 million years ago... more
Do volcanoes or an asteroid deserve blame for dinosaur extinction?  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
UC Berkeley scientists have obtained more precise dates for the Deccan Traps volcanic lava flows, linking peak activity more closely to the asteroid or comet impact 66 million... more
Habitable Zone Planet Finder enables discovery of planets around cool stars  SCIENCE DAILY · 15 hours
A new astronomical spectrograph provides the highest precision measurements to date of infrared signals from nearby stars, allowing astronomers to detect planets capable of having liquid... more
How plants learned to save water  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
Tiny pores on the leaves of plants, called stomata, have a huge influence on the state of our planet. Through the stomata, plants absorb carbon dioxide, which is incorporated into carbohydrates, and release oxygen. But they... more
Habitable zone planet finder enables discovery of planets around cool stars  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
A new astronomical spectrograph built by a Penn State-led team of scientists provides the highest precision measurements to date of infrared signals from nearby stars, allowing... more
Hippocamp: Seventh Inner Moon of Neptune May Have Broken from Larger Moon  SCI-NEWS.COM · 17 hours
A new study led by SETI Institute astronomers suggests that the recently-discovered moon of Neptune, Hippocamp, is probably an ancient fragment of a much... more
NIST ‘Astrocomb’ Opens New Horizons for Planet-Hunting Telescope  ASTRO WATCH · 23 hours
The hunt for Earth-like planets, and perhaps extraterrestrial life, just got more precise, thanks to record-setting starlight measurements made possible... more
'Astrocomb' opens new horizons for planet-hunting telescope  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The hunt for Earth-like planets, and perhaps extraterrestrial life, just got more precise, thanks to record-setting starlight measurements made possible by the 'astrocomb.' more
The moon's water: Where did it come from – and where did it all go?  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Fragments of moon rock brought back from the lunar surface by astronauts on the Apollo space missions are... more
Mars Weather: Daily Reports from NASA’s InSight Lander  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Beginning Tuesday, February 19, 2019, NASA’s InSight lander will provide a daily report of atmospheric weather conditions on Mars. This... more
'Astrocomb' opens new horizons for planet-hunting telescope  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The hunt for Earth-like planets, and perhaps extraterrestrial life, just got more precise, thanks to record-setting starlight measurements made possible by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) "astrocomb." more
Reliable method for detecting extraterrestrial life is used on Earth for the first time  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Dutch scientists have developed an instrument capable of detecting the presence of living plants kilometres away. In future, the technique... more
Video: Big questions about small worlds  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Scientists who study the solar system tend to ask big questions: How was our solar system formed? Where did the building blocks of life come from? What hazards from above threaten life on our planet? To... more
Energetic particles can bombard exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
TRAPPIST-1 is a system of seven Earth-sized worlds orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star about 120 light-years away. The star, and hence its system of planets, is thought to be between five-to-ten billion years old, up to twice as... more
Ice giant surprise  ESA · 4 days
Space Science Image of the Week: These alien-looking worlds are actually surprising new views of Uranus and Neptune more
Tidal tails: The beginning of the end of an open star cluster  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
In the course of their life, open star clusters continuously lose stars to their surroundings. The resulting swath of tidal tails provides a glimpse... more
Earth first origins project seeks to replicate the cradle of life  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The evolution of planet Earth and the emergence of life during its first half-billion years are inextricably linked, with a series of planetwide transformations—formation of the... more
New NASA research consortium to tackle life's origins  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Did life on Earth originate in Darwin's warm little pond, on a sunbaked shore, or where hot waters vent into the deep ocean? And could a similar emergence have played out on... more
NASA selects new mission to explore origins of universe  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy's planetary systems. more
Tough love  ESA · 1 week
Operations image of the week: On Valentine's day, the message is clear - loving our planet means cleaning it up, and that includes the orbital pathways on which much of our modern... more
How to keep lunar samples safe  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A lunar rover that can analyse samples in situ and a Europe-wide facility to store extraterrestrial samples will help to protect moon samples from contamination and increase their usability in scientific experiments. more
Insulating crust kept cryomagma liquid for millions of years on nearby dwarf planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A recent NASA mission to the dwarf planet Ceres found brilliant, white spots of salts on its surface. New research delved into... more
This 2.1-Billion-Year-Old Fossil May Be Evidence of Earliest Moving Life-Form  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
About 2.1 billion years ago, a blob-like creature inched along on an early Earth. As the organism moved, it carved out tunnels, which may be the earliest evidence... more
Life on the edge in the quantum world  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Quantum physics sets the laws that dominate the universe at a small scale. The ability to harness quantum phenomena could lead to machines like quantum computers, which are predicted to perform certain... more
Mars: What We Know About the Red Planet  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Learn about planet Mars’ atmosphere, water supply and the possibility to support life, plus, findings from the Mars exploration rover mission. more
ESA's Mars rover has a name – Rosalind Franklin  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The ExoMars rover that will search for the building blocks of life on the Red Planet has a name: Rosalind Franklin. The prominent scientist behind the discovery of the structure... more
Mysterious Blobs Around These Small Stars May Be Bad News for Alien Life  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
The sort of small, young, active stars that have become most exciting to astronomers looking for exoplanets may actually push away precisely... more
Researchers map ferocious speed and likely cause of woody weed spread across Ethiopia  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
CABI scientists have helped map the ferocious speed and probable cause of a devastating spread of the invasive alien tree Prosopis juliflora... more
Tour alien worlds with new multimedia treats  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Explore the plethora of planets outside our solar system with new multimedia experiences from NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). In addition to a new Exoplanet Travel Bureau poster celebrating a molten world called 55... more
Scientists study organization of life on a planetary scale  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
In astrobiology, there is an increasing interest in whether life as we know it is a quirk of the particular evolutionary history of the Earth or, instead, if life might... more
Video: Jupiter odyssey  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice, is set to embark on a seven-year cruise to Jupiter starting May 2022. The mission will investigate the emergence of habitable worlds around gas giants and the Jupiter system as an archetype for the... more
Scientists study organization of life on a planetary scale  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When we think of life on Earth, we might think of individual examples ranging from animals to bacteria. When astrobiologists study life, however, they have to consider not only individual... more
'Roswell' Brings Back Romance, Conspiracies (and Aliens) 20 Years Later  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Count on more romantic desert panoramas: 2019's "Roswell, New Mexico" TV series is a brand-new adaptation of an alien-drama book series that offers both a distinct voice and... more
Exoplanet imaginarium  ESA · 2 weeks
Imagine the alien worlds ESA will investigate with its three generations of exoplanet missions more
When Worlds Collide: Scientists Spot Hint of a Giant Crash in Alien Solar System  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Scientists peering at an alien solar system have spotted a pair of planets so different that their traits may be... more
Robot Isaac Takes Human Form For Romance On 'The Orville' in 'A Happy Refrain'  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Dr. Finn gets romantically involved with yet another alien in "The Orville" episode "A Happy Refrain." more
Scientists investigate the uncontrolled expansion of invasive blue crabs in the Mediterranean  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The American blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) is an invasive voracious alien species, with no known predators and with high reproductive and survival rates, which... more
Environmental Protection in Outer Space  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
Should regulations for environmental protection be valid beyond our solar system? Currently, extra-terrestrial forms of life are only deemed worth protecting if they can be scientifically... more
Where is Earth's Submoon?  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
“Can moons have moons?” This simple question—asked by the four-year old son of Carnegie’s Juna Kollmeier—started it all. Not long after this initial bedtime query, Kollmeier was coordinating... more
Environmental protection in outer space  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Should regulations for environmental protection be valid beyond our solar system? Currently, extra-terrestrial forms of life are only deemed worth protecting if they can be scientifically investigated. But what about the numerous, presumably lifeless planets whose oxygen atmospheres... more
Ant Attack! Insects Swarm Australian Ring-Hunting Telescope  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
Astronomy may focus on the stars, but occasionally something happens to bring it back down to Earth — like a swarm of insects shorting out their telescope. more
Moon-Forming Smashup May Have Paved the Way for Life on Earth  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
The long-ago giant impact that led to the formation of Earth's moon also helped make life as we know it possible on our planet, a new... more
Earth Swallowed Another Planet and (Maybe) That's Why Life Exists  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
A collision with a Mars-like planet could have given Earth the ingredients it needed for life to form. more
Earth Swallowed Another Planet and (Maybe) That's Why Life Exists  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
A collision with a Mars-like planet could have given Earth the ingredients it needed for life to form. more
Delivery of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur to the silicate Earth by a giant impact  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Earth’s status as the only life-sustaining planet is a result of the timing and delivery mechanism of carbon (C), nitrogen... more
Planetary collision that formed the moon made life possible on Earth  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Most of Earth's essential elements for life—including most of the carbon and nitrogen in you—probably came from another planet. more
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Video: Big questions about small worlds
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Earth first origins project seeks to replicate the cradle of life
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ESA’s Mars rover has a name – Rosalind Franklin
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Video: Jupiter odyssey
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