What conditions are required for life?

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Author's Note: What conditions are required for life to exist?

We should all think way more outside the box when it comes to wondering about "life" on other planets. What if we're only looking for carbon-based life and thus fail to recognize the cool planet made up of swirling, cognizant gases? It could happen.

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  • Genetic Science Learning Center. "Conditions that support life." University of Utah. 2014. (June 23, 2014) http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/astrobiology/conditions/
  • NASA. "Life on Earth . . . and elsewhere?" NASA. 2006. (June 23, 2014) http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/media/medialibrary/2013/10/Astrobiology-Educator-Guide-2007.pdf
  • Lunar and Planetary Institute. "What Makes a World Habitable?" Universities Space Research Association. 2014. (June 23, 2014) http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/our_place/hab_ref_table.pdf

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