Life from electrical energy? Maybe!

Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and the Icy Worlds team at NASA’s Astrobiology Institute think that electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life here on Earth.

According to this “water world” theory, life may have begun inside warm, gentle springs on the sea floor, at a time long ago.

The team’s origins of life theory applies not just to Earth but also to other wet, rocky worlds. So, by testing this hypothesis, NASA researchers may be able to explain how life might have arisen on these other places in our solar system or beyond, and also get an idea of how to look for it.