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The Sweet Taste of Alien Life
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Scientists have detected a basic sugar molecule directly linked to the origin of life in a star-forming region of the Milky Way galaxy where habitable planets might exist.

NASA's Astrobiology Origins
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Ten years ago, a new NASA program dedicated to the science of Astrobiology was born.

Silica Shock Waves
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Astronomers have discovered tiny crystals in planet forming disks that indicate shock waves may play a role in planetary formation. The study sheds new light on the evolution of our own solar system.

Two Belts Cinch System
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Astronomers have discovered two asteroid belts and an icy outer ring around a nearby star. Scientists believe that the system might resemble our own solar system at the time of life's origin on Earth.

The Little Bang
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
New research shows that a distant exploding star could have triggered the formation of our solar system. The study is helping astrobiologists understand the conditions in which habitable planets might form.

Our Mixed-Up Solar System
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Chemical studies of the comet Wild 2 are challenging views about the history and evolution of the solar system. Such studies could yield important clues about the early formation of the planets.

Immigrant Sun
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
New simulations show that stars like the sun can migrate great distances over time. The study may challenge the idea that galaxies have 'habitable zones' that are more suited for life than other areas.

Our Special Solar System
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
For the first time, scientists have used large-scale computer simulations to model the formation of planetary systems from beginning to end. The study will help scientists understand the likelihood of habitable systems forming elsewhere in the universe.

The Galactic Bar Scene
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
A new study indicates that spiral galaxies, like the Milky Way, evolve in shape over time. The finding is providing important information about the history of our galaxy and the conditions in which our solar system may have formed.

At the Edge of the Pinwheel
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
A new infrared image has revealed the distribution of important organic molecules in a distant galaxy. The finding is providing information about molecules in space that could have played a role in the origin of life.

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