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August 18, 2016
"Kitchen Smoke" in nebula offer clues to the building blocks of life
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Using data collected by NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) and other observatories, an international team of researchers has studied how a particular type of organic molecules, the raw materials for life - could develop in space. This information could help scientists better understand how life could have developed on Earth. Bavo Croiset of Leiden University in the Netherlands and his collaborators focused on a type of molecule called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons ( ... read more

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If life can make it here, it can make it anywhere
If the origin of life is common on other worlds, the universe should be a cosmic zoo full of complex multicellular organisms. Dirk Schulze-Makuch, a Washington State University astrobiologist, uses ... more
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Researcher Calls for New Tools in Search for Extraterrestrials
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ORNL scientists isolate, culture elusive Yellowstone microbe
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Parkes telescope detects key feature of life outside our solar system
The breakthrough is expected to help scientists solve one of the greatest mysteries in biology - the origin of homochirality - and offer insights into what we can expect from life throughout the uni ... more
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Prebiotic molecule detected in interstellar cloud
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Life's origins may result from low-energy electron reactions in space
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Evolution: Building blocks of life
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Hunting for Hidden Life on Worlds Orbiting Old, Red Stars
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Comet craters - literal melting pots for life on Earth
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