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Are Aliens Behind The 'Most Mysterious Star In The Universe?'

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 08.25.2016 | Science

KIC 8462852 has been called the most mysterious star in the universe, and for good reason. In many ways, the distant sun ― a bit bigger and hotter t...

How Could We Build an Invisibility Cloak to Hide Earth From an Alien Civilization?

The Conversation US | Posted 04.14.2016 | Science
The Conversation US

What would it take to hide an entire planet? It sounds more like a question posed in an episode of "Star Trek" than in academic discourse, but sometimes the bleeding edge of science blurs with themes found in science fiction.

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Recovers From Unexplained Emergency Mode

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 04.11.2016 | Science

NASA announced Monday that its planet-seeking Kepler spacecraft has recovered after switching into emergency mode, though the reason for the anomaly h...

How Exploring Space Led One Of NASA's Top Scientists To Worry About Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.24.2015 | Green

Exploring new stretches of the galaxy brought NASA scientist William Borucki back to Earth. Borucki, 76, retired in July as the principal investigator...

A New Age of Exploration, Powered by Math

Dan Rockmore | Posted 07.28.2016 | Science
Dan Rockmore

Summer is here and all over the world, people take the roads, airways, exploring the world around them. But our travels aren't just limited to terrestrial destinations this year. Exploration, be it of space or thought is one of the great natural human impulses. It can lead us anywhere, often with the help of mathematics.

NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Earth's 'Cousin'

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Science

Say hello to Earth’s bigger and older cousin. NASA scientists have discovered an Earth-like planet some 1,400 light-years away orbiting a star simil...

Kepler Telescope Discovers A New Earth-Like Planet

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 07.23.2015 | Science

Update: 12:18 p.m. -- NASA's Kepler mission team revealed during a teleconference (above) that an alien planet similar to Earth, named Kepler-452b, ha...

Prolific Planet Hunter Gets New Mission

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 05.18.2014 | Science

NASA's prolific Kepler spacecraft is back in action, a year after being sidelined by an equipment failure. The space agency has approved a new missio...

WATCH: Astronomers Know Way More About Alien Worlds Than You May Think

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 02.20.2014 | Science

How much have we really learned about alien planets? Twenty years ago, we knew nothing about any other worlds outside of our solar system. Now, we...

LOOK: Year's Top Exoplanet Discoveries Include Some Pretty Freaky Places

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

While astronomers didn't bag that elusive first "alien Earth" in 2013, they made plenty of exciting exoplanet discoveries during the past year. Here'...

Kepler's Ark

Victor Stenger | Posted 06.23.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

News reports on the discovery of "habitable" planets are highly misleading. What scientists define as habitable just means that conditions may exist that are adequate for life based on carbon chemistry, such as the generic type of life we have on Earth.

Celebrated Telescope Eyes Hundreds Of New Planet Candidates

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 01.07.2013 | Science

NASA's Kepler mission has identified 461 new planet candidates, the space agency announced today. Four of the planet candidates orbit in their sun'...

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Mario Livio | Posted 01.21.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

The question of whether extraterrestrial life exists (and in particular "intelligent" ET life) is arguably one of the most intriguing questions today. The discovery of ET life would constitute a revolution rivaling the Copernican revolution in magnitude. Here is a brief status report.

Star's Scorching Heat Turning Planet Into Dust, Scientists Say

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.20.2012 | Science

Space scientists have found a little exoplanet with some big eccentricities. The planet, detected about 1,500 light years from Earth, orbits its s...

Scientists Discover Planet With Earth-Like Characteristics

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green

NASA announced Monday the discovery of Kepler-22b, the first planet the Kepler spacecraft has discovered in the habitable zone, an area with a distanc...