News & Events

The VPL Team often shares exciting news and updates about our astrobiology research and education efforts as well as news from the larger astrobiology community. Similarly, we host multiple events over the course of the year ranging in size and topic. Stay connected by following our news headlines:

VPL research indicates that some planets may be sufficiently heated by the gravitational interaction with their stars that they lose their oceans. Picture Credit: mmn.com

VPL Headlines


04/22/2016

Congratulations to Rory Barnes! MORE>


03/31/2016

Congratulations to new members of NASA STDTs! MORE>


03/31/2016

Dry planets help weed out false positive biosignatures MORE>


02/29/2016

Hints from selenium isotopes on the end-Permian mass extinction MORE>


02/24/2016

Congratulations to Aomawa Shields! MORE>


02/19/2016

Geothermal heating enhances atmospheric asymmetries on synchronously rotating planets MORE>


02/19/2016

Water clouds do not cool planets around low mass stars as much as previously believed MORE>


02/19/2016

Dead or Alive? New ways to sniff out imposter biosignatures MORE>


02/17/2016

A whiff of ancient oxygen supported by selenium isotopes MORE>


02/17/2016

The global selenium cycle MORE>


02/17/2016

Rare and abundant microbial lineages in deep-sea hydrothermal vents MORE>


02/03/2016

The unusual architecture of the υ Andromedae planetary system MORE>


01/25/2016

Abiotic oxygen on exoplanets spells trouble for life-detection MORE>


12/07/2015

Is the pale blue dot unique? MORE>


10/31/2015

Simulations of Exotic Clouds on Exoplanet GJ 1214b MORE>


10/14/2015

Where to look for life? MORE>


09/30/2015

Sheltered by the magnetic cocoon MORE>


09/04/2015

The Center of Light: Detecting Exomoons MORE>


08/21/2015

Yuk Yung wins Kuiper Prize! MORE>


08/07/2015

Is that really alien life? MORE>


07/30/2015

Collisions could reveal “invisible gas” in exoplanets MORE>


06/10/2015

Atmospheric signs of volcanic activity could aid search for life MORE>


05/07/2015

Searching for Alien Biosignatures: Non-Photosynthetic Organisms May Produce Novel Signatures of Life on Exoplanets MORE>


05/06/2015

Earliest evidence for microbial nitrogen fixation at 3.2 billion years ago MORE>


04/22/2015

VPL Joins the NExSS Exoplanet Research Network MORE>


02/12/2015

Stars May Change Mini-Neptunes into Habitable Planets MORE>


02/10/2015

New Venus Studies Probe the Dynamic Atmosphere Below the Clouds and Reveal the Complexities of Hazy Worlds MORE>


12/01/2014

Too Hot To Handle: Planets in the Habitable Zones of Low Mass Stars May Be Roasted Early On MORE>