Wonders of the Living World

Curiosity, awe, and the meaning of life


Explore this collection of short articles on the topics covered in Wonders of the Living World. Each one either leads into, builds - or reflects - on some of the content of the book, and is written by a member of the project or a scientist we know.

Note: Each author has expressed her or his own views and experiences, and does not necessarily represent the views of The Faraday institute.

How Biofriendly is the Universe?

Kepler-186f: artist’s concept. Image credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle It’s obvious that our own planet is friendly to life,…

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Rare Earth: Why ‘simple’ life may be common in the universe, but animals may be unique to our planet

Cropped from: Artist’s impression of a M dwarf star surrounded by planets. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Anyone who has watched…

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From the Dust: How the universe became fruitful for life

Two clusters of massive stars that may be in the early stages of merging. NASA, ESA & E.…

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Curiosity: The search for life on other planets

© Carter Roberts, NASA Being chosen to pick the name for a major piece of space exploration must…

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