"We have found an unknown branch of the tree of life that lives in this lake. It is unique! So far we know of no other group of organisms that descend from closer to the roots of the tree of life than this species," study researcher Kamran Shalchian-Tabrizi, of the University of Oslo, in Norway, said in a statement.
Europe's Giotto mission studied Halley's comet and discovered that it's composed of organics and silicates and its "snowy" dust particles may have contributed to life on our planet. The Rosetta mission will continue the research of comets.
Astrobiologist Richard D. Hoover of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has found fossils of bacteria in a rare type of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites, of which there are 9 on the planet.
After breaking apart the CI1 meteorite, he used 2 high powered microscopes to find fossils of micro-organisms, which he says are strikingly similar to those found on our own planet.
The ability of a private California company, SpaceX, to launch an unmanned capsule around Earth and for so little money is raising serious questions about NASA. Many warn that if the storied agency fails to become leaner and more efficient, it could become a historical footnote.
The potentially habitable super-Earth, officially called HD 85512 b, is estimated to be only 3.6 times more massive than Earth, and its parent star is located about 35 light-years away, making it relatively nearby.
Generations of scientists, children and science fiction fans have grown up presuming that humanity’s first encounter with alien life will happen in a red sand dune on Mars, or in an enigmatic radio signal from some obscure star.
But it could soon happen right here onEarth, according to a handful of chemists and biologists who are using the tools of modern genetics to try to generate the Frankensteinian spark that will jump the gap separating the inanimate and the animate. The day is coming, they say, when chemicals in a test tube will come to life.
A NASA spacecraft that in 2005 discovered watery plumes spewing from the surface of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus has now found compelling evidence that the plumes stem from an underground reservoir of saltwater.
There are a number of upcoming space shuttle launches scheduled for this year, but how much do you really know about NASA's various space shuttles? Take a look at some fun facts about their size, and how far they've actually flown.
In a building at NASA’s Ames Research Center here, computers are sifting and resifting the light from 156,000 stars, seeking to find in the flickering of distant suns the first hints that humanity is not alone in the universe.
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