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Talking to Aliens

Seth Shostak | Posted 11.14.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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.

If We Find Alien Life, What's Next?

LiveScience | Miriam Kramer | Posted 10.28.2013 | Science

Humanity should start thinking about how to interact with alien species long before coming into contact with extraterrestrial life, experts say. Co...

Astronomers Tally HOW MANY Alien Worlds!?

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 09.29.2013 | Science

Just two decades after discovering the first world beyond our solar system, astronomers are closing in on alien planet No. 1,000. Four of the five m...

Scientists Unconvinced By 'Evidence For Alien Life'

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.20.2013 | Science

Have scientists found alien life in our atmosphere? Researchers from the University of Sheffield in England think so. They reported that tiny orga...

Why UFOs Have Never Visited Earth -- and Probably Never Will

David J. Eicher | Posted 10.06.2013 | Science
David J. Eicher

What UFO proponents and sci-fi story writers too often fail to appreciate is the distance scale of the universe. It is HUGE. REALLY HUGE.

Could 'Water-Trapped' Worlds Host Alien Life?

Space.com | Adam Hadhazy | Posted 07.27.2013 | Science

A new study takes a deeper look into the fate of life-permitting water on Earth-like planets around red dwarf stars, the most common stars in the univ...

Lee Speigel

Why Many Scientists Are Afraid To Talk About UFOs

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 07.20.2013 | Weird News

For a very long time, the scientific community has been wary of studying UFOs, and the scientists themselves hesitate to talk about their beliefs of u...

How Many Alien Planets Could Support Life? Study Yields HUGE New Estimate

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 07.02.2013 | Science

Though only about dozen potentially habitable exoplanets have been detected so far, scientists say the universe should be teeming with alien worlds ...