Scientists simulated the different atmosphere of exoplanets that are common within the Milky Way Galaxy to prove that oxygen is not a telltale sign that life also existed there. Some planets might have oxygen, but no life.
Space December 18, 2018
A new study found that the salty water detected by radar scans might hold enough oxygen to sustain microbial or even basic animal life on Mars. The salty liquid water, however, can only be found under the surface of the red planet.
Space October 23, 2018
Scientists should not quickly rule out planets without oxygen in the quest for alien life. Researchers said these no-oxygen worlds could in fact be filled with microbial life.
Space July 12, 2018
NexSS scientists have compiled strategies that can help distinguish living planets. Different biosignatures need to be considered since other worlds may have life forms that look different from those seen on Earth.
Space July 5, 2018
The extinction of marine organisms in the Early Jurassic Period occurred after powerful volcanic eruptions sent large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. What does this tell about modern-day climate change?
Earth/Environment June 14, 2018
Could rising carbon dioxide levels drain the world’s oceans of oxygen and kill off all marine life? It certainly did so 182 million years ago, scientists found.
Earth/Environment June 12, 2018
Was the escalation of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere a gradual or rapid process? Crystallized salt rocks extracted from a deep hole in Russia shed light on how oxygen appeared during the Great Oxidation Event 2.3 billion years ago.
Earth/Environment March 25, 2018
In what is known as the first case of brain damage reversal, doctors used normobaric oxygen therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat a toddler who drowned and suffered brain damage. Here’s how the treatment works.
Medicine July 20, 2017
Thousands of leopard sharks have died in San Francisco Bay and have washed up on shores. According to experts, the possible cause of this mass mortality could be poisoning from chemical waste dumped into the bay from the drains.
Animals May 7, 2017
To attain in-situ resource utilization in space missions and become self-reliant in food production, NASA has come up with an inflatable greenhouse deployable in space. This will address the food needs of astronauts on Mars or moon missions.
Space May 2, 2017
Past studies have shown that the world's oceans continue to lose their oxygen concentration over time. Now, a new report successfully quantifies the extent to which oceans are losing their oxygen levels.
Earth/Environment February 16, 2017
The moon has been receiving oxygen produced during photosynthesis of plants on Earth over the past 2.4 billion years. What are the evidences that prove this?
Space January 31, 2017
Minerals and metals trapped inside the world's biggest and most valuable diamonds reveal the composition of our planet's mantle. What do the inclusions in the rare gemstones tell about the deep Earth?
Earth/Environment December 17, 2016
According to new research, life forms have existed on Earth prior to the formation of oxygen in the atmosphere. This was established on the basis of fossils of bacteria belonging to the geologic time known as the Neoarchean Eon that is more than 2.5 billion years ago.
Earth/Environment December 1, 2016
Frequent travelers experience jet lag a lot and it’s never pleasant. According to researchers, getting your circadian rhythm on track again and getting proper sleep may just be a blast of low-oxygen air away.
Healthy Living/Wellness October 21, 2016
A new study has said that abundant oxygen levels at the oceans facilitated the rise of complex organisms such as algae and other vertebrates. This came after a lull of 3 billion years of anoxic oceans.
Ancient September 26, 2016
A rocky, Venus-like exoplanet first reported in 2015 may potentially contain signs of oxygen in its atmosphere. However, the potential presence of oxygen does not mean that the exoplanet is habitable.
Space August 22, 2016
New data sent back from the NASA Curiosity rover showed that manganese oxides on Mars may be clues of a possible once oxygen-rich Martian atmosphere. Is the Red Planet was once more Earth-like than we thought?
Space June 29, 2016
The most distant oxygen ever seen in the visible universe was recorded in an ancient galaxy. What can this finding tell us about the earliest epoch of the Cosmos?
Space June 17, 2016
Ancient space dust revealed new twists in the chemical makeup of our planet's early upper atmosphere. The analysis suggested that it contained about the same amount of oxygen then as it does at present, about 20 percent.
Earth/Environment May 12, 2016
Atomic oxygen was detected in the upper layer of the Red Planet's atmosphere for the first time in 40 years. How did the flying observatory SOFIA make this possible?
Space May 10, 2016
Oxygen levels in the global ocean are dropping due to climate change, and this effect should be noticeable in about 20 years, researchers state. What will be the effect of this change in waters around the world?
Earth/Environment April 28, 2016
Kryptonite is fast becoming a reality with theoretical chemists discovering a way to synthesize the first binary compound of krypton and oxygen. But Superman can rest easy for now, according to researchers.
Animals March 4, 2016
A new study suggested that the oxygen on the planet took about 100 million years to build up before reaching a level suitable to support life. This new study debunked previously accepted theories in the scientific community.
Earth/Environment December 21, 2015
UK researchers developed oxygen-enhanced MRI to determine oxygen deprivation sites in tumors. Better imaging is estimated to help lead to more planned and effective cancer treatments such as radiotherapy.
Life December 10, 2015
The increasing waters in oceans caused by climate change may be linked to emergence of 'dead zones' in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers point out that two major abrupt water warming events that happened thousands of years ago caused hypoxia and low oxygen.
Earth/Environment November 23, 2015
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has detected traces of molecular oxygen on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. Scientists are now trying to determine how the gas was formed on the comet when earlier theories suggest that it should have been annihilated during the formation of the solar system.
Space October 29, 2015
According to a study, oxygen producers like cyanobacteria were already present in early Earth some millions of years earlier than previously estimated by scientists.
September 10, 2015
Many are well aware that plants produce oxygen. However, oxygen can also come from the ocean thanks to plankton communities thriving all over the world.
Animals May 22, 2015
Bacteria and algae could be used to produce oxygen and other resources needed to keep humans alive on Mars. How would such a plan work?
Space May 14, 2015
Experts from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics believe water vapor possibly appeared in the universe a billion years after the Big Bang.
Space April 29, 2015
One of the greatest challenges for long-term space exploration converting carbon dioxide to oxygen. However, a team of scientists recently developed a new system for that by using silver electrocatalysts.
Space February 23, 2015
New research reveals that early Earth may have had less oxygen than originally thought. This could be the big reason why there is a billion-year gap between the introduction of simple life and the development of complex animal life.
Animals November 3, 2014
New data shows a link between oxygen and the existence of animals. It was found that a certain level of oxygen was needed for animal life to flourish.
Earth/Environment November 1, 2014
Oxygen may have been formed in the atmosphere of the early Earth, due to a lack of oxygen, a new study reveals.
Animals October 4, 2014
A new salt substance has been synthesized that can suck up all the oxygen in a room with just one spoonful.
Geek October 3, 2014
Photosynthesis has been seen in action for the first time, which could help researchers develop a new generation of fuels.
Animals July 13, 2014
Researchers from UC Berkeley analyzed and compared genome of Tibetans to genome of Denisovans, close relatives of Neanderthals, and found nearly identical match of gene mutation for surviving extremely high altitudes.
Life July 4, 2014
A diamond in space, the size of the Earth, has been discovered 870 light years from Earth, using a system of radio telescopes.
Space June 24, 2014
Apollo rocks show a slightly different composition to similar objects on Earth. Lending an evidence of an impact 4.5 billion years ago between the Earth and a Mars-sized body called Theia.
Space June 6, 2014
Sponges are one of the most primitive animals on Earth. So, how did they lead to us? Once considered merely a dish washing tool, scientists now believe these animals helped oxygenate the planet.
Animals March 12, 2014
Cyanobacteria living in oxygen-poor environments near underwater volcanoes and thermal vents reveal secrets of how their distant ancestors carried out respiration. Surprisingly, they used a protein essential for photosynthesis long before oxygen became available.
Animals February 10, 2014