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Yellowstone ‘extremely relevant’ to origin of life

Montana State University scientists have found a new lineage of microbes living in Yellowstone National Park's thermal features that sheds light on the origin...

A Yellowstone guide to life on Mars

A University of Cincinnati geology student is helping NASA determine whether life existed on other planets. Doctoral candidate Andrew Gangidine is working with UC geology...

Magma ocean may be responsible for the moon’s early magnetic field

Around four billion years ago, the Moon had a magnetic field that was about as strong as Earth's magnetic field is today. How the...

Meteorite diamonds tell of a lost planet

Using transmission electron microscopy, EPFL scientists have examined a slice from a meteorite that contains large diamonds formed at high pressure. The study shows...

Water appeared while Earth was still growing

Up until about ten years ago, scientists thought they had a pretty good picture of how the moon and Earth came to co-exist. Then...

Life in world’s driest desert seen as sign of potential life...

For the first time, researchers have seen life rebounding in the world's driest desert, demonstrating that it could also be lurking in the soils...

Did surface life evolve on Mars? scientist makes key discoveries in...

The planet Mars has long drawn interest from scientists and non-scientists as a possible place to search for evidence of life beyond Earth because...

Arsenic and permafrost microbes help hunt for life on Mars

Studying environments that are similar to Mars, and their microbial ecosystems, could help prepare biologists to identify traces of life in outer space. In some...

Do moon phases produce big earthquakes?

Huge earthquakes are not significantly influenced by the moon, a new study says. The study, conducted by U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough, looked at...

Steep slopes on Mars reveal structure of buried ice on Red...

Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars' surface are exposed in faces of...

Ingredients for life revealed in meteorites that fell to Earth

Two wayward space rocks, which separately crashed to Earth in 1998 after circulating in our solar system's asteroid belt for billions of years, share...

60 Million Year Old Meteorite Strike in Scotland

Geologists exploring volcanic rocks on Scotland's Isle of Skye found something out-of-this-world instead: ejecta from a previously unknown, 60 million-year-old meteorite impact. The discovery,...

Discovery about rare nitrogen molecules offers clues to makeup of life-supporting...

A team of scientists using a state-of-the-art UCLA instrument reports the discovery of a planetary-scale "tug-of-war" of life, deep Earth and the upper atmosphere...

Meteorite analysis shows reduced salt is key in Earth’s new recipe

Scientists have found the halogen levels in the meteorites that formed the Earth billions of years ago are much lower than previously thought. The research...

Collisions after moon formation remodeled early Earth

Southwest Research Institute scientists recently modeled the protracted period of bombardment following the Moon's formation, when leftover planetesimals pounded the Earth. Based on these...

Ice shapes the landslide landscape on Mars

How good is your Martian geography? Does Valles Marineris ring a bell? This area is known for having landslides that are among the largest...

Water On Mars? : Previous evidence of water on Mars now...

Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust...

Moon’s crust underwent resurfacing after forming from magma ocean

The Earth's Moon had a rough start in life. Formed from a chunk of the Earth that was lopped off during a planetary collision,...

Space dust may transport life between worlds, research suggests

Life on our planet might have originated from biological particles brought to Earth in streams of space dust, a study suggests. Fast-moving flows of interplanetary...

Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life

An asteroid, also known as the Chicxulub Impactor, hit Earth some 66 million years ago, causing a crater 180 km wide. The impact of...

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