Feature Stories

  • The Origin of Life: First Steps
    One of the biggest puzzles in astrobiology is how did life emerge on Earth, and under what conditions might it arise on other planetary bodies? From Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition is a review of "From Suns to Life," which investigates the various pieces of
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  • Robot Dives Deep for Sinkhole Slime
    DEPTHX, an underwater robot capable of navigating without human control, has recovered microbial biofilm samples from the deepest water-filled sinkhole in the world. Microbiologist John Spear is looking forward to learning what the ‘bot brought home.
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  • The Violent Origin of the Solar System
    We know that our solar system has at least one planet with life – Earth. Perhaps solar systems that formed in ways similar to our own also will have the potential for life. But how normal was the formation of our solar system? In
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  • When Fungi Ruled the World
    One of the strangest mysteries of the fossil world concerns a tall, cylindrical structure dating to 420 million years ago. Some scientists have called it fungus, others a lichen, still others an alga. A new isotopic analysis has settled the debate, and has helped researchers
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  • Phosphate Does a Body Good?
    To better understand what caused life to evolve or die out in the past, scientists are studying the chemistry of the fossil record. Jim Elser thinks phosphate may have played a key role in the Cambrian explosion and the mass extinction that preceded it.
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  • Building a Habitable Earth
    To understand the origin of life we need to know about the conditions on the early Earth, but the rock record for the first 700 million years of Earth history is gone. From Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition is a story about techniques scientists are
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  • Power in Space: Time for a Biological Solution?
    Conventional space-power systems rely on photovoltaics, batteries, fuel cells and radioisotope thermal generators. Are space technologists ready to take advantage of biological mechanisms as an energy source?
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  • STONEs in Space
    Can life travel from planet to planet? From Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition comes a story about the possibility of Panspermia. This theory says that meteorites could act as miniature spaceships, carrying microorganism passengers. But a new study has found that photosynthetic life probably wouldn´t
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  • Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition
    Brimming with new interviews, stories and essays, the Spring 2007 issue of AMEE focuses on French contributions to astrobiology.
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  • Pies in the Sky: A Solution to Global Warming?
    If global warming sizzles out of control, could 16 trillion small disks deflect enough sunlight to cool the planet? Astronomer Roger Angel proposes to find out.
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