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Earth First Origins Project Seeks To Replicate the Cradle of Life

Earth First Origins Project Seeks To Replicate the Cradle of Life

NASA’s Astrobiology Program has awarded a $9 million grant to a research team led by Karyn Rogers, to investigate the environments and conditions on Earth that led to the origin of life.

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Titan’s Atmosphere: Evidence of Deep Hydrothermal Activity 21 January 2015 Feature

Ten years ago, the Huygens probe landed on the surface of Saturn’s giant moon, Titan. Huygens,…

Discovery of Hydrogen-Rich Waters Deep Underground Transforms Understanding of Habitability of Earth's Crust 17 December 2014 Feature

A team of scientists, led by the University of Toronto’s Barbara Sherwood Lollar (DCO Deep Energy…

Common Mineral Capable of Making and Breaking Bonds 25 August 2014 Feature

Reactions among minerals and organic compounds in hydrothermal environments are critical components…

Norwegian Astrobiology Meeting Features Deep Carbon Science 22 May 2014 Feature

“Biosignatures Across Space and Time,” a joint conference of the Nordic Astrobiology Network and…

Disko Island Expedition: Snow Algae 23 April 2014 Feature

In August 2013, the Deep Carbon Observatory and the UK Centre for Astrobiology sent an…

New Short Film: The Next Giant Leap 22 April 2014 Feature

A new short film investigates the challenges of sending human missions to Mars, a goal that many…

Ancient Minerals and the Origins of Life on Earth 25 November 2013 Feature

Exactly how life on Earth began remains a burning scientific question. Many plausible hypotheses…

Fossils of Ancient Ecosystem Found in Australia 22 November 2013 Feature

Fossils of ancient life on Earth are rare. In the 3.5 to 4 billion years since life evolved,…

DCO Researchers Head to Disko Island, Greenland 29 July 2013 Feature

Disko Island is home to many geological wonders. The second largest island of Greenland, Disko sits…

DCO Collaborator Esta Van Heerden Studies Extreme Organisms in South African Mines 26 June 2011 Feature

Esta Van Heerden, University of the Free State in South Africa, is a collaborator on two current…

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