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Hubble sees more signs of Europa’s water

Scientists say Europa, a mysterious moon of Jupiter, has shown fresh signs of watery plumes that may hint at a habitable environment beneath the ice. Last year, the Hubble Space Telescope picked up observations of what appeared to be a plume … Continue reading

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Enceladus shows signs of hydrothermal vents

Scientists have detected molecules of hydrogen in plumes of watery material erupting from cracks in the ice of Enceladus, a moon of Saturn – and that suggests an ocean beneath the ice has hydrothermal vents that just might be capable … Continue reading

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‘Life’ movie sparks reality check about Mars

Let sleeping Martians lie, particularly if they have a strong grip: That’s one of the lessons you could take away from “Life,” the first monster movie set on the International Space Station. The movie – which opens today and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, … Continue reading

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‘Life’ draws upon worst-case space scenarios

A real-life organism provides the inspiration for the alien monster at the center of “Life,” a horror movie that’s set on the International Space Station. But you’d never guess which one. Would you believe … slime mold? “We used that as … Continue reading

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Could this seven-planet system harbor life?

A second look at an exoplanet system 39 light-years from Earth has brought a bonanza for astronomers: not two, not three, but seven alien worlds – some of which could have acceptable conditions for life. “I think that we’ve made a crucial … Continue reading

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Scientists revive weird cave crystal microbes

BOSTON – It sounds like a sci-fi tale: Scientists manage to revive strains of microbes that have been trapped inside giant cave crystals for tens of thousands of years, and find out that they seem positively alien. But this tale is … Continue reading

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Complex life may have gotten a false start

Researchers say multicellular life could have arisen in Earth’s oceans more than 2 billion years ago, only to fall victim to a drop in oxygen levels. That scenario is based on a study of concentrations of the element selenium of sedimentary shale, … Continue reading

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