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Lee Speigel

Will ET Be Here Soon? NASA Brings Scientists, Theologians Together To Prepare

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 09.25.2014 | Weird News

Looking for extraterrestrial life is akin to a search for a cosmic needle-in-a-haystack, as evidenced by the above incredible Hubble Space Telesco...

The Music of the Galaxies

Mario Livio | Posted 10.05.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

In spite of its limited scientific value as an illustration of galaxy evolution, Hubble's musical tuning fork continues to provide an almost poetic depiction of the beautifully rich cosmic treasure of galaxies. In this sense, it is the modern equivalent of the "music of the spheres" of antiquity.

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...

'Hot Jupiters' Cast Doubt On Planet Theories

natureheader | Mark Zastrow | Posted 07.25.2014 | Science

Scientists searching for worlds outside of the Solar System say that three such planets — distant gas giants that resemble Jupiter — are surprisin...

The Search for Life Is Picking Up Speed!

Mario Livio | Posted 09.21.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

Recently, the search for extraterrestrial life has started to gain significant momentum. Several factors have combined to advance the search for life to the level of a high-priority quest.

Film School Tackles Global Warming, Space and Beyond

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science
Xaque Gruber

When people think of film school curriculum, they don't usually think of cutting edge scientific collaborations with NASA and space launch experiments...

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 I

Mario Livio | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

The discovery (if and when it happens) of extraterrestrial complex life will undoubtedly usher in a revolution that will rival the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions combined.

Waiting for the James Webb Space Telescope

Mario Livio | Posted 12.24.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Hubble's scientific successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, will literally infuse new meaning into the phrase "the search for our origins."

Cosmic Archaeology: Deep Fields

Mario Livio | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

The goal is to use those so-called "Frontier Fields" to reveal populations of fainter galaxies, and to characterize the morphologies of distant star-forming galaxies.

Lee Speigel

Scientists Say ETs May Be Much Closer To Us Than We Ever Before Thought

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 02.06.2013 | Weird News

If ET phones home today, his long distance charge might not be as much as people believed when Steven Spielberg's classic film came out three decades ...

What Did Go 'Bang' in the Big Bang?

Mario Livio | Posted 01.09.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Cosmologists have used the Big Bang theory to examine how the large-scale structure of the universe emerged from tiny fluctuations in the density of cosmic matter -- but the original model left some perplexing cosmic properties to chance.

Nothing Is Perfect!

Mario Livio | Posted 11.19.2012 | Books
Mario Livio

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, has been one of my absolute favorites for as long as I can remember. The seemingly simple yet philosophically inspiring narrative, coupled with those charming drawings by the author, move me in different ways every time I reread the book.

Maps That Change the World: From the London Underground to the Cosmos

Mario Livio | Posted 10.15.2012 | Science
Mario Livio

In 1815, English geologist William Smith published the first geological map of Britain -- these findings formed the basis for theories the age of the Earth and were even a major contributor to Darwin's theory of evolution of the species.

NASA: Hubble Telescope Replacement Delayed, Over Budget

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The cost of NASA's replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope is giving new meaning to the word astronomical, growing another $1.5 ...