building blocks of life

Webb Sees Organic Molecules in the Hearts of Galaxies, Surprisingly Close to Active Supermassive Black Holes

When the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launched, one of its jobs was studying galactic formation and evolution. When we…

2 months ago

Even More Complex Organic Molecules Have Been Found in a Protoplanetary Disc. Was Life Inevitable?

Will we ever understand life's origins? Will we ever be able to put our finger on the exact moment and…

9 months 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…

10 months ago

Did Asteroid Impacts Provide Both the Heat and Raw Ingredients to Enable Life?

This is our Great Question: How did life begin on Earth? Anyone who says they have the answer is telling…

1 year ago

Glycine Can Form In Interstellar Clouds

Author's note: This article was written in collaboration with Vincent Kofman, a co-author of the paper it discusses and Post…

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.…

2 years ago

We’re Made of Starstuff. Especially From Extremely Massive Stars

A new study shows how massive young stars create the kind of organic molecules that are necessary for life. A…

2 years ago

Curiosity Finds Organic Molecules That Could Have Been Produced by Life on Mars

What do coal, crude oil, and truffles have in common? Go ahead. We'll wait. The answer is thiophenes, a molecule…

3 years ago

Rosetta Saw the Building Blocks of Life on Comet 67P

Why is there so little nitrogen in Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P)? That's a question scientists asked themselves when they looked at…

3 years ago