Why scientists need to search for alien life on purple planets

Billions of years ago, when microbial life first emerged on Earth, our planet would have appeared purple from space. Armed with this knowledge, scientists now say we should be on the lookout for exoplanets tinged in a similar purple hue — a possible sign of extraterrestrial life. » 11/13/13 7:20am 11/13/13 7:20am

Did life on Earth emerge from clay?

There's a longstanding theory that life first emerged in pools of water. But if scientists from Cornell are correct, it may have first taken root inside of clay. » 11/06/13 12:40pm 11/06/13 12:40pm

Earth will turn into a Venus-like hell earlier than previously thought

A new study from the University of Victoria is suggesting that our atmosphere is far more susceptible to a runaway greenhouse effect than previously assumed. » 7/30/13 8:15am 7/30/13 8:15am

Life on Earth began in . . . Greenland!?

Now known as one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the giant arctic island of Greenland might actually hold the birthplace of all life on Earth. Yes, all life on Earth might well have sprang from Greenlandic mud volcanoes. » 10/26/11 12:30pm 10/26/11 12:30pm

Earth doesn't need the Moon

The Moon was long considered an essential stabilizing presence in the development of life on Earth. Without its satellite, the Earth would have tilted too much on its axis, making life impossible. But maybe the Moon wasn't needed after all. » 8/10/11 11:00am 8/10/11 11:00am

Yeast kept life on Earth alive before the rise of oxygen

Around 2.4 billion years ago, the ancestors of bacteria took over the oceans and began photosynthesizing, creating massive amounts of oxygen where before there had been barely any. This was the Great Oxygenation Event, which made all subsequent life on Earth possible. All life except . . . yeast. » 8/09/11 1:33pm 8/09/11 1:33pm