Ancient Mercury Had the Right Stuff For Life

Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, is one of the last places we think about when considering the potential for life in the solar system. New research suggests the planet's interior once contained the basic ingredients for life.

How Possible Life Is In The Universe

It's calculated that, thanks to rapid inflation, the universe may contain more than 1 googol (10^100) stars, and if this is the case then more complex, life-sustaining RNA structures are more than just probable, they're practically inevitable.

Organic Molecules Found on Mars

The molecules were extracted by the Curiosity rover from a mudstone section of the Gale Crater. Scientists have concluded that we can't rule out those molecules actually have a biological origin.

The Raw Materials for Life Were Found on Enceladus

A team of German scientists recently examined data gathered by the Cassini orbiter around Enceladus’ southern polar region and found was evidence of organic signatures that could be the building blocks for amino acids.

A Star's Outburst is Releasing Organic Molecules

A new study by an international team of astronomers has discovered the presence of organic molecules in the disk of a young star V883 Ori, located about 1300 light-years away from the Earth.

The Milky Way Could Be Spreading Life From Star to Star

According to the model of US researchers, the entire Milky Way (and even other galaxies) could be exchanging the components necessary for life.

Scientists identify protein that may have existed when life began

Researchers have found among the first and perhaps only hard evidence that simple protein catalysts - essential for cells, the building blocks of life, to function - may have existed when life began.

Life on Earth May Have Started With a Cosmic Splash

Could the building blocks for life on Earth have been delivered by meteorites crashing into ponds of water 4 billion years ago?

Cassini Finds that Titan is Building the Life Chemicals

A discovery on Saturn's Moon Titan could be an indication of how life begins to emerge throughout the Universe.

Potential building block of life found in very young star system

Two teams of researchers reported they have detected a prebiotic molecule—a potential building block of life—around newly formed sunlike stars.

Saturn's moon Enceladus has the ingredients to host life

Saturn's sixth-largest moon is incredibly far from the sun, but new research shows that it could probably sustain life.

Dwarf star 200 light years away contains life's building blocks

A team of scientists reports that it has discovered the existence of a white dwarf star whose atmosphere is rich in carbon and nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen. The white dwarf is approximately 200 light years from Earth and is located in the constellation Boötes.