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The rise and fall of oxygen

How long has Earth's atmosphere included oxygen? A recent paper suggests low levels of oxygen appeared in the atmosphere approximately 2.95 billion years ago. That's about 550 million years earlier than p ...

dateDec 11, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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Could dying planets harbor life?

If life does exist anywhere else in the universe, it may only be fleeting. Now scientists are researching how signs of life might look on dying planets.

dateNov 25, 2013 in Astronomy
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Detecting biomarkers on faraway planets

(Phys.org) —On Earth, life leaves telltale signals in the atmosphere. Photosynthesis is ultimately responsible for the high oxygen levels and the thick ozone layer. Microbes emit methane and nitrous oxide ...

dateSep 10, 2013 in Astronomy
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