Managing Mars: Who Has a Right To It’s Resources? Two scientists propose a method of divvying up Martian resources based on the concept of “Cooperative Sovereignty”

By Spandan Dash BMSIS Young Scientist Program Humans have long been fascinated by the huge Cosmos above us. Perhaps this fascination has been best put to words by Carl Sagan in his influential book, Cosmos: “The Cosmos is all that READ MORE

Can You Teach an Old Gene New Tricks? Scientists put an ancient gene into modern bacteria, like pressing rewind and play on evolution.

By Grishma Gupte BMSIS Young Scientist Program Evolution explains how living things change over successive generations, giving rise to diversity. Across the evolutionary history of Earth, the formation, changes, and extinction of species have been observed. Even though evolution happens READ MORE

What Protects Exoplanets from Damaging Solar Flares? Simulating different models to understand which factors affect an exoplanet’s ability to sustain life during high-energy stellar events.

By Alexander Adranly Thanks to NASA’s Kepler Mission, over one-thousand potentially habitable exoplanets have been discovered to-date, orbiting around their respective stars. An exoplanet refers to any planet outside of our solar system. The discoveries of these worlds are a READ MORE

Life May Be Even Older Than We Thought! Careful analyses of the composition of ancient rocks betrays the presence of life

How long has life been around on Earth? Is life an inevitable part of planet formation? The second question is tough to answer, but if life formed soon after the planet formed, then this has important ramifications for the abundance READ MORE

Chasing Alien Worlds with a Flying Telescope SOFIA is the name of a telescope that flies in the stratosphere to collect data that is unimpeded by the Earth's atmosphere

The airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a flying observatory aboard a modified Boeing 747 that takes infrared astronomy readings at approximately 41,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. It recently observed a mini-eclipse of the extrasolar planet named READ MORE

Writing the Alphabet of Life Computer Models Show that The Basic Units of Life Were Not Randomly Selected

by Elizabeth Miller Blue Marble Space Young Scientist Program When studying the origin of life on Earth, scientists must rely on past data, physical laws, and models  instead of direct observations. After all, we can’t know for sure what the READ MORE

The Genetic Origins of the Water Bear, Earth’s Most Resilient Organism What are the genetic mechanisms that allow tardigrades to survive such extreme conditions?

No living organism can survive in the dead of space, right? The unlikely exception: water bears. Also known by their scientific name, tardigrades, water bears are incredibly resilient microscopic aquatic animals. There are over 1000 species of the animal, and READ MORE

What Makes a Universe Habitable? A physics professor investigates what physical parameters cause a universe to be capable of harbouring life

If there are multiple universes, which of them are capable of harboring life and why? A physicist comes up with a number, and that number is the difference between the number of baryons and antibaryons in the universe. Find out what the heck this means by reading more!