Astrobiology

Looking for life in all the wrong places

(Phys.org) —Scientists have long focused their search for extraterrestrial life on Earth-like planets – but that may be a mistake, according to a McMaster researcher.

Feb 03, 2014
4.3 / 5 (25) 29 | with audio podcast

Astro-virology

In HG Wells' 'The War of the Worlds', the invading Martians were beaten by that most unassuming of combatants – the common cold. Could the reverse happen and alien viruses pose a threat to human astronauts ...

Nov 29, 2013
4.4 / 5 (8) 1 | with audio podcast

Cosmic rays zap a planet's chances for life

Mysterious cosmic rays constantly bombard Earth from outer space. Now scientists find these energetic particles could limit where life as we know it might exist on alien planets.

Nov 12, 2013
4 / 5 (16) 8 | with audio podcast

Magnetic shielding of exomoons: to be or not to be

A new study on magnetic fields around extrasolar giant planets sheds first light on the magnetic environment of extrasolar moons. The work, authored by René Heller of the Department of Physics and Astronomy ...

Sep 06, 2013
4.7 / 5 (7) 6