Are humans, and our fellow travelers on Earth, latecomers to the game of life? Illustration/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Illustration/iStockphoto Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Eureka! First Life In The Universe February 4, 2014 When did it first become possible for life (as we know it) to appear in the cosmos? The answer seems obvious now. But it arrived, unexpectedly, in the shower. It's a story that tells us a lot about how creativity works in science.