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Astrobiology

The Other Way to Find Life Out There

Seth Shostak | Posted 06.03.2016 | Science
Seth Shostak

In the three-way horse race to prove that biology is not just a terrestrial aberration, there's one steed that many people ignore: sampling the air of distant planets to see if they contain the exhaust gases of life, or in the jargon of astrobiologists, biosignatures.

Alien Civilizations May Number In The Trillions, New Study Says

The Huffington Post | Lee Speigel | Posted 05.19.2016 | Science

The possibility that we earthlings are not truly alone in the universe has gained some added credibility, thanks to a new study that coincides with NA...

The Reason We Haven't Found Alien Life May Be A Very Sad One

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.23.2016 | Science

Australian scientists say they've figured out why we've been unable to detect signs of alien life. And for those who dream of someday meeting up with ...

Earth 2.0: Good News for Our Understanding of God

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

Just as MS DOS was a good operating system for the Intel x86, but even Bill Gates wouldn't use it now, our understanding of religion also needs to upgrade as human progress continues. But lets not just assume that "software upgrades" haven't already been taking place

Earth 2.0: Bad News for God

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 07.23.2016 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

With this discovery, we come ever closer to the idea that life is common in the universe. Perhaps you are not convinced. That is OK; let me speculate what would happen should we ever find evidence of life beyond earth even if you think such discovery unlikely.

Aliens Might Be Way Bigger Than We Ever Imagined

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 04.10.2015 | Science

No one really knows whether we're alone or if the universe is brimming with brainy extraterrestrials. But that hasn't stopped scientists from trying t...

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...

German Space Agency Chimes In on Alleged Discovery of Sea Plankton on ISS

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 11.19.2014 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

Last month Russian scientists said they discovered sea plankton on the International Space Station that might be alive and thriving. NASA shed doubt on the discovery, and little has been said since. However, the German Aerospace Center recently responded to questions on the issue, confirming the discovery of "bacterial DNA" but casting doubt on other aspects of the Russian report.

ETI, Satan and Salvation: An Alien in My Church Pew

Leona Foxx | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Leona Foxx

I'd welcome an alien in my church pew any Sunday, as an astrobiologist who is also a pastor. However, none have shown up as yet.

An Inconvenient Truth About Exoplanet Biosignatures

Dave Spiegel, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2014 | Science
Dave Spiegel, Ph.D.

For decades, at least, astronomers will be unable to know that an Earth twin's spectrum that shows signs of both oxygen and methane comes entirely from a single object. In other words, even if we find such a tantalizing signal, we might not know that we've found life on the Earth twin.

Aliens Almost Certainly Out There, Astronomers Tell Congress

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.22.2014 | Science

Aliens almost definitely exist. At least, that's what two astronomers told Congress this week, as they appealed for continued funding to research l...

These Creatures Might Colonize Mars Before We Do

Space.com | Joseph Castro | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science

Microorganisms from Earth could hitch a ride on spacecraft and end up colonizing the Red Planet and other celestial bodies in the solar system, recent...

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 ...

On Extraterrestrial Life: Part III

Mario Livio | Posted 03.04.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

You may wonder what another civilization might regard as relatively reliable biosignatures of Earth, were this civilization to observe Earth from a distance of tens of light-years.

On Extraterrestrial Life: Part II

Mario Livio | Posted 02.18.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

All life on Earth, for instance, relies on DNA and RNA for replication, the issuing of instructions at the molecular level, and heredity. Does that mean that our Earthly DNA is universal throughout the cosmos?

Finding Movie Inspiration in NASA's Real Science: The Case Study of Europa Report

Govindini Murty | Posted 11.21.2013 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

Hollywood is in the midst of a science-fiction boom, yet few of its sci-fi movies are based on real science. That's a shame, because the scientific discoveries emerging from NASA these days are as exciting as any Hollywood blockbuster.

E.T. Hunters See Promise In Weird 'Eyeball Earths'

Posted 04.30.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, Astrobiology Magazine Published: 04/30/2013 07:54 AM EDT on SPACE.com Alien worlds resembling giant eyeballs might exist arou...

Icy Moon Has Raw Materials For Life, Scientists Say

Posted 04.08.2013 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 04/08/2013 08:52 AM EDT on SPACE.com A potential energy source for life appears to be common on Jupiter's icy moon Euro...

Could Life Have Evolved On Mars Before Earth?

Posted 03.13.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 03/13/2013 10:18 AM EDT on SPACE.com The discovery that ancient Mars could have supported microbes raises the tantalizing...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: A New Way To Look At Life?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 12.24.2012 | Science

What is the definition of life? And how will we recognize it if we see it elsewhere in the cosmos? These are questions that have plagued scientists...

Lee Speigel

Become A Professional Alien Hunter

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 07.20.2012 | Weird News

Now you can be a professional alien hunter too. Edinburgh University is about to make it possible for the average Joe to search for extraterrestri...

Hollywood Gets Aliens All Wrong, Famed E.T. Hunter Says

Posted 05.29.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 05/25/2012 10:14 AM EDT on SPACE.com Despite what the movies tell us, any aliens that visit Earth probably won't ...

Weird Dark Spots On Mars Get Surprising Explanation

Posted 04.16.2012 | Science

Scientists puzzling over some odd dark spots on Mars may finally have shone a light on the mystery. In a new paper, published March 26 in the acade...

PHOTOS: Saturn's Moons Icily Bleak In Close-Ups From Cassini

Posted 03.30.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 03/30/2012 06:45 AM EDT on SPACE.com NASA's workhorse Saturn orbiter Cassini has just beamed back stunning new v...

Russian Scientist Claims Scorpion-like Alien Found On Venus, NASA Disagrees

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 03.27.2012 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

The idea of life on Venus is not given much credence by most mainstream scientists because of the extreme surface temperatures, which can exceed 800 degrees Fahrenheit.