life

Isopropyl Cyanide at 27,000 light years

Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule — one with a branched structure — contained within a giant gas cloud in interstellar space. Like finding a molecular…



Dat Darn Dark Matter

The path our Solar System takes through the Galaxy may get bumpy at times, and this could affect the number of comets buzzing around Earth. Scientists have uncovered possible evidence of this galactic bumpiness in…


Those chaotic birthday musings

Today I turned 53. Most of the time I remind people that at the moment of my birth Mars was in the sky, the Moon in its first quarter, and so on. Not that anyone…


Drink your can of soda ice-cold

Scientists are designing a tiny submarine that is slightly larger than two soda cans, which could be one of the first visitors to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. The concept began at NASA JPL and Uppsala…


Our common ancestors?

The Earth is beaming with life and yet there is no consensus on how life arose or what life is. The origin of life is “one of the great unsolved mysteries of science” (Crick, F….


The concept of life

Astrobiologists supported by NAI have proposed a new approach to the question of life’s origin that focuses not on the chemical ‘hardware’ of life, but instead the ‘software’ or information content. Arizona State University professor…