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  1. We Know We’re Alive, but Do We Even Know What That Means?

    "Life." I do not think it means what you think it means.

    Hey, want to know the meaning of life? Oh, whoops. I'm sorry. I meant scientifically, not philosophically. You're on your own there.

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  2. New Study Claims the Milky Way Could Contain 100 Million Planets with Complex Life

    It's basically the Drake Equation with more variables.

    In 1961 Frank Drake set out his formula for estimating the number of intelligent civilizations in our galaxy. A new study from the University of Texas at El Paso looks to improve on Drake's estimate by studying data from more than 1,000 exoplanets for a number of factors, and the number they came up with is enormous.

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  3. Miserable Alien Life is Possible Around Bigger, Brighter and Hotter Stars

    At least they're not death stars.

    Move over sun, there may be a bigger star to steal the spotlight. Recent studies suggest that hotter and brighter stars are capable of providing the right conditions to form life.

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  4. 1,500-Year-Old Moss Revived After Being Frozen for Centuries

    In the movie version of this, MossMan comes back to life Encino Man-style.

    While some scientists are talking about bringing back the Wooly Mammoth, others are already reviving centuries-old plant life. Teams from the British Antarctic Survey and Reading University have thawed and revived moss that has been frozen for the past 1,500 years. Somehow, this leads to MossMan being real, right?

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  5. Curiosity Rover Found Signs of an Ancient Lake on Mars That Was Possibly Hospitable to Life

    What life? Let's just hope it's not those water monsters from "The Waters of Mars."

    Here on Earth, we pretty much expect our water to be drinkable, but it's a pretty amazing find on Mars. Scientists reported earlier this year that the Curiosity Rover found signs of an ancient lake on Mars, but they're just now finding out that the lake's water may have been basically drinkable by human standards and hospitable to life.

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  6. Phosphorous Responsible for Life on Earth Got Here via Meteorite

    Sometimes meteorites hitting the Earth is bad. Other times it causes all life on Earth to be possible.

    Objects from space crashing into the Earth is generally considered pretty terrible. We'd like to keep it from happening in the future, but it turns out that a meteorite that struck the Earth billions of years ago is what's responsible for all life on our planet. At least that's the latest theory from University of South Florida Assistant Professor of Geology Matthew Pasek.

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  7. Russian Scientists Claim New Kind of Bacterial Life Found in Lake Vostok

    Russian researchers working on samples from Lake Vostok -- a subglacial lake in Antarctica sealed away for eons by more than two miles of ice -- say they have found signs of a wholly new kind of bacterial life in water samples taken from the lake. It's a pretty impressive claim, if true, and one could quiet concerns raised late last year the lake may have been entirely devoid of life -- not to mention meaning new chapters in microbiology textbooks. Now we just have to wait and see if this bold announcement holds water.

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  8. NASA Scientists Get All The Cool Toys, Including This Hydrothermal Ocean Vent Simulator

    We're not going to lie -- sometimes, it occurs to us that we only ever wanted to be scientists because of all the neat toys they get to play with. That probably has something to do with why we didn't end up becoming scientists. Well, that and our inability to perform any but the most basic mathematical operations. We do still want to play with researcher's toys, though -- especially things like this gizmo at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) that simulates the hot, high-pressure conditions found in undersea hydrothermal vents in an effort to find out if those vents could have acted as incubators for the amino acids that many think were the first crude steps toward life on Earth.

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  9. NASA Sustains Life on Mars on Earth With Promising Results

    While the Curiosity rover and its newly remembered sibling Opportunity scan the surface of Mars for life and other oddities, it's up to scientists back here on Earth to determine if life is even possible in the Martian climate. New research by NASA announced at the American Geophysical Union's conference implies that it could be possible for Mars to sustain life. Scientists at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center have seen bacteria live in simulated conditions similar to those on the surface of Mars. This could give scientists a better idea of where to look for life on Mars.

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  10. Follow Up: What NASA Found on Mars

    The press conference NASA held today about what the Curiosity Rover found on the surface of Mars is over, and although NASA scientists explained that they have not yet found organic compounds, they admit that they have seen organic compounds. Wait, what? This paradoxical discovery comes along with others, including the presence of chlorine and sulfur, but we're more interested in the these organic compounds. Are they there or not?

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