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Alien Life

'Chaotic' Planets Make The Search For E.T. More Complicated

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.16.2015 | Science

When looking for alien life, astronomers pay special attention to planets in the so-called "Goldilocks zone" -- that is, planets that orbit their host...

Bill Nye Talks Extraterrestrial Life: 'It's Gotta Exist'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.08.2015 | Science

When it comes to extraterrestrial life, Bill Nye is a true believer. In an interview with HuffPost Live on Thursday, Nye said that with so many ga...

LISTEN: Eerie 'X-Files' Sounds Recorded At The Edge Of Space

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.07.2015 | Science

What does the edge of space sound like? Pretty darn strange. Just have a listen to these acoustic signals recorded in the stratosphere some 22 miles a...

NASA's Hunt For Aliens Just Got Real

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.24.2015 | Science

NASA is taking the hunt for life on other worlds to the next level. The space agency has assembled a team of experts from across scientific fields...

Scientists Scan 100,000 Galaxies But Find No Evidence Of Alien Life

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.15.2015 | Science

Just how realistic is it to believe that humans will someday find evidence of extraterrestrial life? NASA's chief scientist recently predicted that...

Building Blocks For Life Found In Distant Star System

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.09.2015 | Science

We may be one step closer to finding alien life. Astronomers have found complex organic molecules -- the chemical building blocks for life -- in th...

Top NASA Scientist: We're On The Brink Of Finding Alien Life

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.08.2015 | Science

Ellen Stofan (NASA) NASA's top scientist predicts that we'll find signs of alien life by 2025, with even stronger evidence for extraterrestrials in...

Talking to Aliens

Seth Shostak | Posted 01.14.2015 | Science
Seth Shostak

Unless Earth is special beyond reason, you can confidently assume there are plenty of societies out there. That doesn't mean that they'll come to Earth (or, as many believe, already have). Interstellar travel, despite what you've seen at the local multiplex, is hard. But we could easily get in touch via radio signals or flashing laser lights.

Will ET Pray? Extrasolar Planets, Extraterrestrial Life, And Religion

David A. Weintraub | Posted 12.15.2014 | Science
David A. Weintraub

Thinking about whether a particular set of religious practices or beliefs would make sense on a different planet might be a valuable exercise in understanding ourselves.

A Journey to an Amazing Earth-like Planet!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 10.07.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Let's take a look at one of the most intriguing of the 1,739 confirmed exoplanets that is both Earth-sized and in the habitable zone of its star. Known only by its catalog number, Kepler-186f, it has no name yet, but we know quite a bit about it already.

Emily Swanson

Americans Aren't Sure If Trying To Contact Aliens Is Such A Great Idea

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 07.30.2014 | Science

Humans have been searching for signs of life on other planets at least since the 1960s, when scientists began scanning the heavens for radio signals t...

Smog May Aid Search For Alien Life

LiveScience | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Science

In the search for life beyond Earth, astronomers should look for signs of pollution in the atmospheres of alien planets outside the Earth's solar sy...

NASA Makes Big Prediction About Finding Alien Life

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.16.2014 | Science

It's highly unlikely we're alone in the universe, NASA experts are saying, and we may be close to finding alien life. In fact, it may happen in the ne...

Are We Alone In The Universe? 13 Theories

Tim Urban | Posted 08.17.2014 | Science
Tim Urban

Scientists estimate that there are over 100,000 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy alone -- but we've never heard anything from any of them. Here are 13 possible explanations for why.

Alien Hunters Get Powerful New Tool

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Science

Astronomers now have a powerful new tool to sniff out methane on alien planets. The organic molecule, considered one of the building blocks of life, ...

Sure-Fire Sign Of Alien Life May Be No Such Thing, Scientists Say

| Sid Perkins | Posted 05.01.2014 | Science

Call it the cosmic version of fool’s gold. What was once considered a sure-fire sign of life on distant planets may not be so sure-fire after all, ...

First Contact: A Short Story

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 05.12.2014 | Books
Dr. Sten Odenwald

The two astronomers were stealthily stalking a small group of wildebeest on the African Savanna while taking a break from their research. One of the m...

WATCH: Strange 'Swarms' Suggest Presence Of Unseen Exoplanet

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 03.12.2014 | Science

Astronomers have detected bizarre swarms of comets around a nearby star, icy bodies that may have been trapped by the powerful gravitational pull of ...

Is THIS The Way We'll Identify Alien Life?

| Angus Chen | Posted 03.13.2014 | Science

Earth’s atmosphere is heavy—it’s what keeps water from flying off into space. So astronomers looking for alien worlds that can harbor life have...

David Freeman

INTERVIEW: Neil Tyson Talks God, Aliens, Multiverses

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Science

Things are looking up for Neil deGrasse Tyson--way up. As the director of the Hayden Planetarium and the author of several popular books on space, Tys...

Alien Life May Have Arisen WAY Earlier Than We Thought

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science

Earthlings may be extreme latecomers to a universe full of life, with alien microbes possibly teeming on exoplanets beginning just 15 million years a...

Is Alien Life Surfacing Nearby?

Seth Shostak | Posted 02.14.2014 | Science
Seth Shostak

Extraterrestrial life may be showing up in some obvious places. No, this is not about hairless aliens that have come to Earth in saucer-shaped craft, but less sophisticated life just next door.

EXPLAINED: How Alien Hunters Look For Life On Dying Planets

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

If life does exist anywhere else in the universe, it may only be fleeting. Now scientists are researching how signs of life might look on dying plane...

Is There Rock on Other Planets?

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

The first Earth-sized planet with approximately as much rock as Earth has been identified, raising the possibility that we might not be rocking alone ...

40 Billion Ways to Dance

Mark Morford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Mark Morford

Go ahead, try it. Step outside tonight and glance skyward, pick any star and then visualize its own rocky, Earthy little ball orbiting around it, with some form of life potentially dancing a tango on top.