• Impact craters found on Titan could help scientists determine the age of this Earth-like moon and its potential for life.
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  • A new technique is being developed to detect water in the protoplanetary disks of other solar systems. If successful, it would help in our understanding of how habitable planets form.
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  • The first microbiological survey of Mars analog lakes in Western Australia is offering new evidence of the diverse life that could have once thrived on Mars.
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  • New research, focusing on shallow hydrothermal vents, is shedding light on a possible location for where life on Earth began.
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  • A new study that reconstructed ocean temperatures from millions of years ago could provide new insight into how the Earth responds to climate change.
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  • With every spacecraft that leaves Earth, millions of microbes hitch a ride into space. As astrobiologists search for life in other worlds, preventing forward and back contamination remains a key priority.
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  • The atmosphere of the early Earth may have been filled with particulate haze, much like a smoggy day in Los Angeles. This hazy air would have affected the ancient climate and even may have influenced the origin and evolution of life.
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  • A new model for the origin of life says zinc may have played a vital role. If true, then the Sun´s UV radiation may have provided the energy necessary for life to arise.
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  • The change in Earth´s climate may help scientists better understand planetary habitability in general. Scientists are now learning how small shifts in climate can have dramatic consequences for the planet´s environment and the life that depends on it.
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