Thus far, we have not found evidence of life on Mars. Is it truly a sterile desert, or are we simply looking in the wrong place? #Mars #NASA
Hold your noses! ET life might produce noxious gases in the form of #phosphine. Here’s why phosphine is an important marker in the search for alien life in the universe. #astrobiology #biosignatures #exoplanets
Detecting fast radio bursts is difficult because the data is “noisy” so ruling out false positives is a current topic of study. A group of researchers improved detection using a computer method called a “convoluted neural network” that improved accuracy.
Glowing #tardigrades?! Learn how a newly discovered species of tardigrade survive extreme UV radiation. #astrobiology
How can we study far away plants using Earth environments? By looking at the bottom of the ocean! #hydrogen #hydrothermalvents #astrobiology
In September, a research group broke the internet when they said they discovered a molecule called phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus. We’ll try to break it down. #phosphine #venus #venuscloudlife
Extremophiles can literally survive in many conditions, even in the extreme radiation of space. Read this article to learn how extremophiles help us understand the search for life in the universe.
How do scientists look for life in the universe? Usually they look for gasses that would support life, and assume anything toxic to us would be toxic to life. Perhaps that isn’t true across the board.
How can amino acids, lipids, and other metabolites help scientists with life detection in space? #Astrobiologists look at how our cells function and use that information to develop strategies for searching for evidence of life beyond Earth.
One of the most fundamental building blocks of life on earth is DNA. This molecule consists of four base pairs and a negatively charged backbone that come together to form the double helix. If life existed elsewhere in the universe, READ MORE