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Experience the TED Prize Session Live Tonight

Amy Novogratz | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Amy Novogratz

For the first time ever, we awarded the TED Prize to an idea rather than a person: the City 2.0. During this live session we reveal the BIG secret -- the 2012 TED Prize winner's wish to change the world.

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Recovering From Economic Downturn

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 04.01.2012 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program has not gone unscathed from the recent economic turmoil. In fact, in April of last year, their flagship radar field went dark.

Scientists Suggest Moon Photos May Reveal Extraterrestrial Visitation

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 02.27.2012 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

A popular theory amongst those who believe aliens have already visited our solar system is that there is evidence of alien technology in ancient architecture, such as the pyramids in Egypt, the Nazca lines in Peru, or Stonehenge in England.

White House: The Truth Is Not 'Out There'

Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

Alien lifeforms have not contacted Earth yet, the White House claimed over the weekend in response to petitions asking for information on supposed hum...

Life at the SETI Institute: Dr. Gerry Harp -- Deciphering Celestial Signals in a New Way

SETI Institute | Posted 12.27.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Dr. Gerry Harp, Senior Astrophysicist, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Trained as a quantum mechanic, Dr. Gerry Harp was...

Life at the SETI Institute: Dr. Jill Tarter -- The Search for Cosmic Company

SETI Institute | Posted 12.20.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Gail Jacobs Astronomer Dr. Jill Tarter is Director of the SETI Institute's Center for SETI Research, and also holder of the Bernard M. Oliver C...

Young clays on Mars may have provided niches able to support life

SETI Institute | Posted 12.03.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Dr. Janice Bishop, Senior Scientist SETI Institute October 3, 2011 Two small depressions on Mars found to be rich in minerals formed by water coul...

Life at the SETI Institute: DIY -- Do your own SETI searches with setiQuest Data and Software

SETI Institute | Posted 11.28.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Dr. Gerry Harp, an astrophysicist at the SETI Institute. Figure 1: A waterfall plot. This shows the signal as a function of frequency (increas...

Life at the SETI Institute: Mars Detective -- Investigating the Red Planet for ancient life

SETI Institute | Posted 11.26.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Dr. Richard Quinn; Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs ...

First Planet Orbiting Two Stars Discovered by the NASA Kepler Spacecraft

SETI Institute | Posted 11.15.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Dr. Laurance Doyle, an astrophysicist at the SETI Institute, and lead author of a paper that will appear in the journal Science on September 15, 2...

Life at the SETI Institute: Rachel Mastrapa - Paving the Way for Astronomical Discoveries

SETI Institute | Posted 10.29.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Dr. Rachel Mastrapa; Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Rachel Mastrapa studies the surface ...

Boosting The Search For Aliens In The Universe

AP | Posted 10.13.2011 | Green

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- An array of 42 radio telescopes seeking signs of intelligent life in the universe will continue that work after private donor...

SETI Institute Engages the Public and Celebrates Science

SETI Institute | Posted 10.12.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Gail Jacobs Click on images for larger view The cosmos can be mysteriously alluring to all -- from the young in age to the young at heart. In par...

Jodie Foster Helps Real-Life Search For ETs

Posted 10.12.2011 | Weird News

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP / Huffington Post) -- Actress Jodie Foster is among the many donors who helped raise funds to continue the search for alien ...

Robots vs. Humans: Should we cede solar system exploration to the robots? Do humans have a place beyond low Earth orbit?

SETI Institute | Posted 09.17.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Dr. Cynthia B. Phillips Research Scientist, SETI Institute The final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis has spawned a whole series of perspective ...

Lee Speigel

Join The Hunt For Extraterrestrials: Become a SETIstar

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

Science wants to make you a star. To be more exact, scientists at the SETI Institute in California are reaching out to the public for donations to con...

Lee Speigel

ET, Are You Home? Scientists Search 86 Planets For Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 09.12.2011 | Weird News

As scientists suggest they're close to discovering the first habitable planet beyond our own, 86 individual planets are now being scanned for signs of...

The Search for Cosmic Company Goes On

Amy Novogratz | Posted 07.12.2011 | Technology
Amy Novogratz

When 2009 TED Prize winner Jill Tarter wished to "empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search for cosmic compan...

Life at the SETI Institute: Lori Fenton -- Sand Seas of the Solar System

SETI Institute | Posted 06.20.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

Lori's recent publications describe how dunes record climate change on Mars, the first evidence for dune migration on another planet, and how atmospheric models can be used to account for wind gustiness and its effects on sand movement.

How to Catch a Comet

SETI Institute | Posted 05.31.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

Few comets are ever featured on the front page of the New York Times, but Shoemaker-Levy 9 was when it collided with Jupiter in 1994. It went out with a bang -- end of story. Or so we thought.

Life at the SETI Institute: Jon Jenkins -- Turning Pixels Into Planets

SETI Institute | Posted 05.28.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

After a starquake, says NASA's Dr. Jon Jenkins, "stars actually change their shape. This shape change causes an apparent change in brightness. As we study the brightness variations in time, we can essentially hear the songs of the stars."

Life at the SETI Institute: Ignacio Mosqueira -- Worlds in the Making

SETI Institute | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Gail Jacobs Dr. Ignacio Mosqueira is an astrophysicist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute. He works wi...

Life at the SETI Institute: Darlene Lim -- Exploring the Watery Depths of Limnology

SETI Institute | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Gail Jacobs Dr. Darlene Lim is a geobiologist and limnologist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute. Her ...

Alien Vaporware

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Seth Shostak

According to a story posted at Examiner, scientists have found three objects the size of Delaware entering the solar system. This is clearly a hoax. But these tales are more than a nuisance -- there's a certain amount of damage done by crying wolf.

Life at the SETI Institute: Rosalba Bonaccorsi -- Protecting and Exploring Mars from Earth

SETI Institute | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Gail Jacobs Keen to achieve a wide picture of where life and its signatures for life are most successfully distributed, concentrated, preserved, a...