Did you know oxygen has different shapes?

Oxygen-16, one of the key elements of life on earth, is produced by a series of reactions inside of red giant stars. Now a team of physicists, including one from North Carolina State University, has revealed how the element’s nuclear shape changes depending on its state, even though other attributes such as spin and parity don’t appear to differ. Their findings may shed light on how oxygen is produced.

Scientists solve mystery of odd patterns of oxygen in solar system's earliest rocks

Cosmochemists have solved a long standing mystery in the formation of the solar system: Oxygen, the most abundant element in Earth's crust, follows a strange, anomalous pattern in the oldest, most pristine rocks, one that must result from a different chemical process than the well-understood reactions that form minerals containing oxygen on Earth.

Report: Abundant oxygen does not necessarily lead to the evolution of advanced life

Any textbook will tell you that oxygen is essential for advanced life to evolve. But why did life not explode when oxygen levels rose dramatically 2.1 billion years ago? This is the big question after a Danish/Swedish/French research team, led by University of Southern Denmark, has shown that the oxygen content 2.1 billion years ago was probably the same as when life exploded 500 million years ago.

Sharp rise in oxygen linked to early animal evolution

New evidence has emerged that early evolution was triggered by a dramatic rise in atmospheric oxygen levels following major climate change.

Bacteria discovered after 86 million years

Living bacteria have been discovered deep beneath the ocean where they've had no new food or oxygen since dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Oxygen found around Saturnian moon

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

NASA identifies interstellar matter entering solar system

NASA has for the first time analyzed the 'alien matter' in the interstellar wind.

World's oldest fossils discovered

Scientists say they've found the world's oldest fossils, the remains of tiny creatures that lived 3.4 billion years ago in a pre-oxygen world.

Aerobic life existed 300 million years earlier than thought

Oxygen may have been sustaining life in Earth's oceans long before there was any trace of it in the atmosphere.

Sun and planets built of different materials

Our sun and its inner planets may not have formed from the same materials, as previously thought, samples returned by NASA’s Genesis mission indicate.

Cassini finds oxygen atmosphere around Saturnian moon

The Cassini-Huygens mission has identified an oxygen-carbon dioxide atmosphere around Saturn's second-biggest moon, Rhea - the first time a spacecraft has captured an oxygen atmosphere from a world other than Earth.

Tibetans evolved quickly to deal with altitude

Tibetans' adaptation to high altitude took place over less than 3,000 years, a new genetic analysis shows, in what was the fastest shift in human evolution yet discovered.

MIT uses viruses to split water for fuel

An MIT team has managed what amounts to artificial photosynthesis, using a modified virus and sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen atoms.