Category Archives: astrobiology

Life’s first drink – Cold soup or warm soda?

It’s safe to say that we all know the phrase “primordial soup.” An idea originally put forward by J.B.S. Haldane in 1929, writers have been waxing lyrical about this proverbial soup from which life arose, for decades now. The phrase … Continue reading

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Mysterious Mars

Remember that puzzle about the martian methane? No? Well, if you’d like a refresher, you may be interested to take a glance at my latest article over on Australian Science. On methane, Mars, and more… Image: Arabia Terra, Mars – ESA/DLR/FU … Continue reading

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Mushroom Kingdom!

Over a century ago, a gigantic fossil was discovered in Saudi Arabia. Gigantic and mysterious, because no one had any idea what exactly it had once been. With a thick trunk, it was similar to petrified trees, but this didn’t … Continue reading

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Astrotropes: Humanoid Aliens

This trope is used all the time. It’s incredibly rare for it not to be used, in fact. And I must say, it’s one thing which I frequently find disappointing about sci fi. I am, of course, talking about the … Continue reading

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Milkshake lake

Because we’re all surrounded by plants, we tend to have the association between photosynthesis and green things. While this is certainly true for most phototrophic life on Earth, it isn’t always the case. Every now and again, you find something … Continue reading

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Through alien eyes

As the old adage goes, when looking up at the stars – what if there’s someone else out there looking back at us. But what exactly would they be looking with? Eyes are probably one of evolution’s greatest inventions. And … Continue reading

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Anomalocaris!

Lots of people, scientists and writers of fiction, have hypothesised what life on another world may be like. Indeed, with the idea that a world like Europa may have a hidden ocean locked inside its icy shell, it’s all too … Continue reading

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One more thing…

As an addendum to my previous post on prospective life on Titan, I should point out a couple of things from those papers I cited… Citing Tobie et al (2006), Mitri et al (2007) state that; “Since Cassini-Huygens indicates that … Continue reading

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Totally Tropical Titan

Our solar system is full of mysteries, and it seems the more we look, the more we find, and the less we can explain. Most recently, the puzzles of the martian methane and the beautifully lethal venusian clouds have been … Continue reading

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Falling from grace…

Such a pity. The Roscosmos mission Fobos-Grunt really did hold such promise. The plan was to head to the Martian moon of Phobos and return with a sample soil from the surface of the tiny moon. In a pleasantly international … Continue reading

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