amino acids

A Single Grain of Ice Could Hold Evidence of Life on Europa and Enceladus

The Solar System's icy ocean moons are primary targets in our search for life. Missions to Europa and Enceladus will…

3 weeks ago

Venus’ Clouds Contain Sulfuric Acid. That’s Not a Problem for Life.

A recent study published in Astrobiology investigates the potential habitability in the clouds of Venus, specifically how amino acids, which…

3 months ago

Toxic Gas is Leaking out of Enceladus. It’s also a Building Block of Life.

Enceladus' status as a target in the search for life keeps rising. We've known for years that plumes erupting from…

4 months ago

Under Some Conditions, Comets Could Deliver Organic Molecules to Planets

New research shows how comets could deliver the building blocks for life in systems with close-orbiting planets, aiding in the…

5 months ago

Another Key Amino Acid Found in Space: Tryptophan

Astronomers continue to find more and more of the building blocks of life out in space. This time, researchers have…

10 months ago

How Could We Detect Life Inside Enceladus?

A new study provides estimates on what an astrobiology mission could find when it goes to Enceladus and samples its…

1 year ago

Meteorites Bathed in Gamma Rays Produce More Amino Acids and Could Have Helped Life get Going on Earth

Our modern telescopes are more powerful than their predecessors, and our research is more focused than ever. We keep discovering…

1 year ago

Samples of Asteroid Ryugu Contain More Than 20 Amino Acids

The samples obtained by Hayabusa2 have revealed that the Near Earth Asteroid Ryugu contains 20 strains of amino acids -…

2 years ago

One of Life’s Building Blocks can Form in Space

Peptides are one of the smallest biomolecules and are one of life's critical building blocks. New research shows that they…

2 years ago

One of the Building Blocks of Life Can Form in the Harsh Environment of Deep Space Itself. No Star Required

In many ways, stars are the engines of creation. Their energy drives a whole host of processes necessary for life.…

3 years ago