life

Drilling on Mars

Organic molecules linked to life discovered on Mars

NASA has just announced in a special press conference, held Thursday at 8 p.m. (French time), that it has discovered complex organic molecules and methane, all of which are linked to life, on Mars. This is important news, even if life, past or present, even microbial life, has not yet been discovered.

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meteorite

Ingredients of life discovered in tiny meteorites that fell to Earth

In 1998, two meteorites containing a fascinating mixture of chemicals crashed to Earth. They were piously preserved for years without anyone knowing what was in them. But today, based on a new analysis made possible by the most sophisticated equipment available today, scientists are able to determine whether or not the meteorites are still alive.

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Conus Textile

In search of the algorithms of the living

There is a tendency to oppose the artificial and technological world of algorithms to the natural and biological world of life. And yet, nowadays, algorithms have become indispensable for studying the complexity of living things. Hence the growing importance of computer tools, exacerbated by the proliferation of data: witness, sequencing

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mass extinction

Mass extinction: what next?

Since the death of the dinosaurs, life on Earth has never known such deadly pressure. We have indeed entered what scientists call the sixth great extinction. And humans may well be among the victims, according to a recent study. An extinction like this means the loss of one of the world's most important

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