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How Astronomers May Hunt for Life on Alien Planets

Charles Q. Choi, Astrobiology Magazine Contributor

Any sulfurous molecules that astronomers spot on alien worlds might be a way to reveal whether or not those distant planets host life, researchers suggest.

How to Keep Lonely Exoplanets Snug: Just Add Dark Matter

by Gemma Lavender, for Astrobiology Magazine

Dark matter is perhaps not the first thing that comes to mind when considering how life can be supported on another planet, but to Dan Hooper and Jason Steffen of the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics, dark matter could be a contributing factor in allowing life to evolve and survive on distant worlds outside of our solar system.

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