New organic molecules discovered in famous Mars meteorite
According to a new study, Nitrogen, together with organic molecules , carbon-rich molecules that are considered the building blocks of life as we know it have been spotted in the Alan Hills meteorite.. Even though the Alan Hills sample has been in the news before, this was the first definitive evidence that there was nitrogen in the meteorite.
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Massive lava tubes on Mars and the moon could be home to life, researchers find
Lava tubes under the surface of both the moon and Mars are large enough to be the homes of planetary bases as humanity further explores the cosmos, a newly published study suggests. The research notes the tubes are likely between 100 and 1,000 times the size of those on Earth and can shield humans from cosmic radiation.
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World's oldest crater discovered in Australia
The Yarrabubba crater in western Australia has officially earned the designation of world's oldest crater at 2.2 billion years old, surpassing the previous record by more than 200 million years. The 70-kilometer wide crater is thought to have been caused by a meteorite impact, with researchers stating the crater will help studies of ancient glacial periods and ice sheet melting.
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Scientists say the moon might help explain origins of life on Earth
Since the moon has long been considered an area extremely inhospitable for life, scientists at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado have recommended that NASA should remove some restrictions designed to protect the moon from organic contamination, with the exception of the lunar south pole, where evidence of water ice still suggests its potential for explaining how life may have started on Earth.
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Research suggests toxic gas might be key for identifying alien life
A recently concluded study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has discovered that the toxic gas phosphine might be the key to finding alien life on other planets. Phosphine is highly toxic to life, but the research has proved that the only known way to produce phosphine in a natural environment would necessarily involve anerobic organisms, which can help scientists positively identify earth-like planets supporting alien life.
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