Cosmic rays alter chemistry of lunar ice

A bombardment of cosmic rays on the moon's surface could be creating  complex carbon chains similar to those that form the foundations of biological life.

Oxygen found around Saturnian moon

Observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed an oxygen atmosphere around Saturn's moon Dione.

Astronomers discover life - on Earth

By observing the way the moon reflects light from the Earth, astronomers have established that there's life on our planet - not as pointless as it seems, as the technique could help find life elsewhere.

'Nomad planets' could carry bacterial life

Free-flying planets, not anchored to a star, could outnumber stars in the Milky Way by 100,000 to one.

Life on Mars? Not on the surface

Mars may have been an arid planet for over 600 million years, making it too hostile for any life to survive on the planet's surface.

Team builds first artificial cell membrane

Chemists have made a big step towards the creation of a completely artificial life form.

New clue to life's chemical origins

British chemists at the University of York have moved closer towards establishing the origin of the carbohydrates that form the building blocks of life.

Team creates multicellular life in the lab

Biologists have persuaded a single-celled organism, brewer's yeast, to evolve into a multicellular cluster, mimicking one of the first stages of evolution on Earth.

Microbes found thriving in Mars-like conditions

The discovery of microbes in any icy lava tube in Oregon raises hope that similar microorganisms could survive in the very similar conditions to be found on Mars.

Mars could harbor life - but Curiosity's unlikely to find it

As much as three percent of Mars could sustain life, say scientists from the Australian National University - but most habitable areas are underground.

Europa lake could harbor life


Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin have discovered what appears to be a massive body of liquid water locked inside the icy shell of Jupiter's moon Europa.

'Sweet spots' for life identified - and our solar system isn't one

Astrobiologists say they've discovered where in outer space complex organic molecules - the building blocks of life - are most likely to form.

If there was life on Mars, it was probably underground

Liquid water on the Martian surface was probably never around for very long, meaning life would have struggled to gain a foothold there.

Stars create complex organic molecules

Complex organic molecules like those on which life is based exist throughout the universe and can be made naturally by stars, European Space Agency data has revealed.

Antarctic expedition seeks unique forms of life

A British engineering team will next week head off to Antarctica in an attempt to understand more about the evolution of life on Earth and other planets.

How life might have survived 'snowball Earth'

It's known that the Earth almost certainly went through a period of global glaciation billions of years ago - but it's never been clear how life managed to survive.

Ozone layer found over Venus

ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has found an ozone layer high in the atmosphere of Venus, in a discovery which could help with the search for life on other planets.

Team creates 'living' cells made of metal

Scottish scientists say they've taken the first steps towards creating a form of life based on inorganic elements.

The rock book biz

These days rock and roll memoirs seem like reality TV shows in that you'd think everyone's got one.

Could microbes live in Martian brine?

A new million-dollar NASA project led by the University of Michigan aims to discover whether drops of salt water are common on Mars - and whether microbial life could survive in them.