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Extraterrestrial life

At Mind Matters News: Exoplanets: Life forms made one third of Earth’s minerals

If life is “a cosmic imperative that emerges on any mineral- and water-rich world,” say the researchers, then life emerged early on Earth along with minerals. Read More ›

At Mind Matters News: Earth’s weirdest life forms show that ET life is possible

Many life forms eat and breathe things we used to think were lethal. Life seems to want to come into existence any way it can. Exoplanets may well offer suitable environments. Read More ›

At Mind Matters News: Among 5000 known exoplanets, there are some really strange ones

To sum up, whatever we see or read about planets in science fiction, something out there is likely stranger still. It will be most interesting to see how many of the more conventional exoplanets have life and if there is in fact a reliable formula for predicting it. Those who claim that Earth is just an ordinary planet are certainly wrong — but is Earth unique? The universe is fine-tuned, as is Earth, and that would be an argument for life on exoplanets. Read More ›

At Mind Matters News: NASA develops a scale for assessing the chances of ET life

The idea is to give media some idea of the level of confidence in what the apparent signal might be telling us — biological activity or just chemistry? Read More ›