Could we grow life on an alien planet? A scientist explores this possibility through an automated gene laboratory that could grow cells and synthesize genes from their chemical components.
New climate models developed by scientists provide more evidence that Venus may have once been habitable.
New climate models suggest that parts of the Persian Gulf may experience waves of deadly heat that will eventually force humans to relocate. The region's shallow waters, intense solar rays and clear skies ultimately cause cities to exceed the "tipping point" for human survival.
After examining potentially habitable climates of three exoplanets, two seem to use an air-condition-like system that prevents the planet from getting too hot, according to KU Leuven researchers.
It is no secret that more experts than you can count have turned their attention to the stars, searching for planets that would support Earth-like life. The recent discovery of Kepler 452b, the most Earth-like exoplanet ever found, has even sparked a great deal of public interest. However, it's still unclear if any discovery could actually support life. Now a pair of researchers are claiming to have identified a new way to ensure a little more certainty in this exciting hunt.
It looks like the planet Earth is going to need a bigger family tree... NASA recently announced that their planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope (KST) has discovered the most Earth-like planet ever seen - the latest addition to a list of 12 exceptionally promising and potentially habitable worlds.
Glass deposits discovered in impact craters on the surface of Mars may hold signs of ancient life, adding to the growing evidence that the Red Planet was once habitable.
Jupiter's moon Europa has in recent years given scientists hope that it harbors conditions suitable for life, so in a bid to explore this possibility further, on Tuesday, NASA chose nine high-tech instruments for a mission to search for life on this mysterious icy world.
For decades, people have dreamed of the possibility of life on Mars. And as technologies have advanced, astronomers have bolstered their efforts in searching for civilized superbeings, to no avail. Although we have yet to discover life on the Red Planet, scientists are now honing a new technique that may change the game.
Well, not yet, but that is the direction that scientists are headed. "Cloudy for the morning, turning to clear with scorching heat in the afternoon," may soon apply not just to typical late-summer days on Earth, but also to planets located outside our solar system, according to a new study.
Scientists have long wondered how our Blue Planet came to be covered by 70 percent water. Now a new study offers fresh evidence for how water reached Earth, finding that asteroids and comets are likely rich in water.
For some time now, scientists have been trying to determine whether the Red Planet once held water suitable for life, and now new research adds to the growing evidence, finding that belts of glaciers on Mars boast enough water to flood the entire planet.
Not too long ago, scientists on the hunt for habitable worlds and extraterrestrial life would have said that the best bet is to look for where there is water. However, they now understand that this sole condition really doesn't do much to narrow things down, as the Universe may very well be awash with the stuff.
The image of Luke Skywalker staring at the twin sunsets of his homeplanet Tatooine captured the imagination of millions of movie watchers everywhere. But now astrophysicists are saying that this desert planet may not be just a thing of science fiction, but a reality.