Possible fatty acid detected on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th Mar, 2015
by Alex Muller

A fatty acid might be among the molecules discovered on Mars by Curiosity. However, it's not possible yet to determine if the compound has a biological or non-biological origin.

The Search for Life on Mars Could Be Dooming Itself by Accident

Posted in Science on 22nd Feb, 2015
by Alex Muller

When Curiosity goes looking for organic molecules, it vaporises rock and sniffs the gas that comes out. The plan could be going awry due to a mineral called jarosite.

Sandstone structures on Mars look much like structures created by microbes on Earth

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2015
by Alex Muller

The early history of Mars seems to have been very similar to that of Earth, especially with respect to the ancient hydrosphere.

4 ways spacefaring microbes could mess with the solar system

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2014
by Alex Muller

When scientists launch a spacecraft into space, they are also sending thousands of bacteria along with it.

More on the search for possible life on Mars

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2014
by Alex Muller

Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere and detected other organic molecules in a rock sample collected by the robotic drill.