Life

The Most Unknown

What Baby Stars and Meteorites Can Tell Us About Our Solar System’s Past

Rachel Smith studies the birth of stars to better understand the origins of life on Earth, and perhaps elsewhere in the universe.
Becky Ferreira
9.20.18
OCEAN

Signs of Alien Life on Europa Might Only Be Centimeters Under the Surface

Europa is irradiated by Jupiter’s intense magnetosphere, but you don’t have to dig far before life finds a way (theoretically).
Becky Ferreira
7.23.18
flows

Lava, Land, and Life Forms

Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano is the latest example of a powerful natural force for creating new life.
Melissa Cronin
5.9.18
Away Messages

DMs From Beyond the Grave Are Changing How We Grieve

“When you experience those feelings and memories, it’s a little bit like losing someone all over again.”
Michael Waters
11.28.17
Outer Limits

The People Who Think Outside Is an Immersive Video Game

Posts on r/Outside have a mind-expanding quality that encourages you to think about the world in a way you likely haven’t before.
Louise Matsakis
10.24.17
ALIENS

How to Expand the Search For Aliens Beyond Earthlike Worlds

Casting a wide search for ET won’t be easy and it won’t be cheap, but it will surely be transformative.
Ramin Skibba
9.25.17
Ice Is Life

Watching Ice Crystals Form Is Like Coming To Terms With Your Own Existence

Yeah. *hits bong* It’s like that.
Samantha Cole
6.24.17
ALIENS

We Have Strong Evidence Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Can Support Microbial Alien Life

Scientists find potential evidence of methanogenesis, a biological process, on Saturn’s moon Enceladus—which means methane-breathing aliens could be chilling there.
Becky Ferreira
4.13.17
psa

Do You Want to Go to Space? Here's Your Chance

Motherboard got a ticket aboard a future space vehicle, and we're giving it away to one reader.
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
3.14.17
ancient life

The Oldest Life on Earth Has Been Discovered in Canada's Arctic

It's an estimated 4 billion years old.
Bryson Masse
3.1.17
discoveries

There'd Better Be Some Goddamn Aliens in This Solar System Loaded With Earth-Sized Planets

A newly discovered seven-planet system is our “best bet” for finding life.
Bryson Masse
2.22.17
digital detox

What I Learned After Banning Screens From My Home for a Month

My partner and I traded mindless scrolling for a month of home-cooked meals and rediscovered hobbies.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.2.17