Feature Stories

Astrobiology Exclusive News – Get all the exclusive feature news, stories, articles and updates related to Astrobiology here. Dive deep into astro news related to Earth, Mars, Exoplanets, Early Life, Solar System Origin, Alien Life, Bacterial life and more.

  • Highly-tilted worlds would have extreme seasons, subjecting life to alternating periods of scorching and subzero temperatures. This could make the development of all but hardiest, simplest creatures a long shot.
    more...
  • By looking at the wavelengths of light from nearby stars, researchers have determined the abundance of certain elements for more than a hundred stars. Trace elements in such stars may influence their habitable zones, where planets with life might dwell.
    more...
  • The pattern of clouds on Earth is largely determined by the arrangement of the continents below. Now, astronomers are modeling the clouds at different periods in Earth’s past to better understand what alien worlds might look like.
    more...
  • Most scientists who study the origin of life assume that it occurred in the ocean. But a minority view is that ions in seawater may interfere with prebiotic chemistry, making a freshwater environment more likely.
    more...
  • Gravitational interactions between red dwarf stars and habitable planets could erase a world's axial tilt, which moderates global temperatures and creates seasons, before life gets a chance to develop.
    more...
  • Rocky moons that orbit gas giant planet and reside in the habitable zone of their star could contain the seeds of life. Thanks to new research, finding those moons just got a little easier.
    more...
  • Planets that are tidally locked, with the same side always facing their sun, could end up with climates that spiral out of control.
    more...
  • SAM I Am
    When the Mars Science Laboratory rover ‘Curiosity” lands on Mars in August 2012, its SAM instrument will “follow the carbon” to better understand the past and present habitability of our planetary neighbor.
    more...
  • Natural nuclear reactors have arisen on Earth and possibly on other planets. The radiation and energy released by these reactors would have had complex effects on any developing life.
    more...
  • NASA's New Horizon mission should be able to learn whether liquid water exists a hundred miles beneath Pluto's surface.
    more...