Astronomers find phosphine in Venus atmosphere. What’s Next?

In the earth’s atmosphere, oxygen quickly breaks down all the phosphorous compounds. This does not happen in the Venus atmosphere because it consists almost entirely of carbon dioxide. However, it is very surprising that the phosphorus compound phosphine with the JCMT and ALMA telescopes was found in that atmosphere. The presence of phosphine cannot yet … Continued

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We are happy to disseminate relevant blogs, vlogs or social media on the origins and evolution of life for you. We publish it in the Top Stories on our website and mention it in the newsletter for the general public.¬† Please send us the url of relevant and recent blogs or vlogs via the button … Continued

Focus on your scientific publication(s)

Relevant and recent publications on the origins and evolution of life are circulated to the 300 members of the Origins Center via the newsletter. And we include the publication in our website. Please send us the url of relevant and recent publications. Not older than roughly 2 years old, from (co-) authors working in a … Continued

New Knowledge Network

We invite you to consider whether the current six Knowledge Networks can be expanded with new ones. The Knowledge Networks meet a few times a year (online) and discuss challenges and ideas in their field. The aim is to stay sharp together in the long run and to formulate research proposals when the time is … Continued

Monthly webinar on Tuesday afternoon

Let us know if you would like to listen to an important researcher with broad experience in researching the origins and evolution of life. The speaker does not need to be Dutch. We are looking for people with inspiring experience and people who can speak well. Learn more Let us know your ideas via the … Continued

The discovery of TRAPPIST-1: searching for liveable planets

Met zijn zeven aardachtige planeten haalde het planetenstelsel TRAPPIST-1 onlangs het wereldnieuws. Drie van deze planeten liggen namelijk in de zogenoemde leefbare zone van hun moederster. Daarmee bedoelen astronomen dat water er in vloeibare vorm zou kunnen voorkomen. Maar wat komt er nog meer kijken bij het zoeken naar leefbare planeten? Aan de hand van … Continued

Life on other planets: closer than you think?

Zijn wij alleen in het heelal? Of komt er ook op andere planeten leven voor? Hier bestaan al heel veel televisieseries, films en boeken over, maar wetenschappers zijn er ook mee bezig. Wat zijn nu de plekken met de meeste kans op leven? En kunnen we daar ooit naartoe? Astronoom Floris van der Tak legt … Continued

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