Reasons to Believe

Life on Other Planets

  • Extraterrestrial life? What do you think?

    Increasingly of late I’ve come across people who believe intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe. While scientists have yet to detect such life, it remains theoretically possible. And … more

  • Search for Reservoirs of the Building Blocks of Life

    Even the simplest life-form is orders of magnitude more complicated than anything on display at Legoland. Nevertheless, like the Legoland structures, life molecules are assemblages of a relatively … more

  • Effect of Distant Orbiters on Habitability

    A recent study by an MIT astronomer of a distantly orbiting companion to the nearby planet-hosting star HD 3651 illustrates the problems a distant relative can pose for any possible life-supportable … more

  • Smaller Stars Offer Little Hope

    The recent discovery of an Earth-sized planet around a nearby star generated a lot of excitement in the scientific community - and rightly so. For one thing, most exoplanets (planets outside the solar … more

  • UV Radiation Destroys Amino Acids

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    Discovery of the rapid destruction of amino acids in astronomical environments continues to highlight problems in naturalistic models of … more

  • Designed to Shake

    My family lives in one of the fastest-rising neighborhoods in the nation—not economically, but topographically. Our home rises by an average of 9 millimeters (1/3 inch) per year. Sometimes the … more

  • Squashing Hopes for Earth-like Planets

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    Studies of planet formation around low-mass stars buttress the prediction of RTB’s cosmic creation model that Earth-like planets are rare in … more

  • Mars—A Tough Environment for Organic Molecules

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    Scientists continue to demonstrate how uninhabitable Mars is by studying chemical reactions on the planet. Methane in the Martian atmosphere … more

  • New Measurements of Local Group Match Predictions

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    Measurements of the Local Group of galaxies provide further confirmation of RTB’s cosmic creation model. Observations of the Large Magellanic … more

  • New Signs of Life on Mars?

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    Scientists who found organic material in a Martian meteorite that struck Earth claim it originated from Martian organisms, but the claim seems … more

  • Mars Rover Findings - the Real Story

    The prestigious journal Science recently exploded most of the media's "life-site" hype over the latest-and still laudable-Mars mission.1 Twelve peer-reviewed articles tell the true story: no lake and … more

  • Water, Water, Everywhere…

    Without water life is impossible. Without "drinkable" (liquid) water, life is still impossible. The problem with water in the universe is perhaps best depicted in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic … more

  • Life’s Chemical Signature

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    The extraterrestrial search for life has just been made more difficult. Two planetary scientists have refuted the claim that Raman spectroscopy, a … more

  • Martian Origin of Life

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    Because life emerged rapidly in Earth’s history, some naturalists have appealed to a Martian origin of life. Such an appeal is based partly on … more

  • Follow the Life?

    However, despite a quadrupling of funds in just six years (compared to a vastly smaller increase for all the other sciences) and despite decades of diligent searching, no one has found any evidence … more

  • Oceans Under Ice

    Recent work at the University of Arizona leaves planetary scientists who have been searching for life on the Jovian moon Europa skating on thin ice.1 However, the actual problem involves thick ice. … more

  • Anthropic Principle: A Precise Plan for Humanity

    Human beings climb. Always have, always will. First hills, then mountains, then pinnacles so high they're called "death zones." That's as high as legs could carry them, but not high enough. So people … more

  • Biospheres Deemed Failures

    Two tests of space travelers’ ability to support themselves independent of Earth have taken place in the Arizona desert (see In 1991 a team of eight adults were sealed inside a … more