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Alien Life

First Contact: A Short Story

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 03.14.2014 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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!? | 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? | 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 | 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 | 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 ...

Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery | Miriam Kramer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Science

The habitable zone of a nearby star is filled to the brim with planets that could support alien life, scientists announced today (June 25). An inte...

Is Alien Life More Likely On Real-Life 'Tatooines?' | Miriam Kramer | Posted 06.13.2013 | Science

Luke Skywalker would be proud. Planets like Skywalker's fictional home of Tatooine in the "Star Wars" movie series might have more potential for habi...

Search For Alien Life Needs Broader Focus, Astronomer Says

Posted 05.03.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 05/02/2013 02:08 PM EDT on Scientists searching for signs of life beyond our solar system should keep an open m...

The Truth About The '6-Inch Alien' Unveiled

Lee Speigel | Posted 04.25.2013 | Weird News

The mummified remains of what looks like a 6-inch space alien has turned "Sirius" into the most eagerly awaited documentary among UFO enthusiasts. ...

WATCH: Documentarian Unveils 6-Inch 'Alien' Found In Chile

Lee Speigel | Posted 04.11.2013 | Weird News

An upcoming documentary promises to show an alleged, tiny "alien" being that was found a few years ago in Chile's Atacama Desert. And when we say tiny...

Why Bother Searching for ET?

Seth Shostak | Posted 06.01.2013 | Science
Seth Shostak

It's a disturbing question, and one that I seem to get more frequently than before. "Why are you looking for evidence of extraterrestrials? What's the point?"

Sci-Fi Star Systems Could Host E.T.

Posted 03.11.2013 | Science

By: Nola Taylor Redd, Astrobiology Magazine Published: 03/11/2013 10:55 AM EDT on Planets orbiting binary star systems have to deal with...

Alien Moons Could Host Life, Astronomers Say

Posted 03.08.2013 | Science

By: Adam Hadhazy, Astrobiology Magazine Published: 03/07/2013 06:57 AM EST on Astronomers have their fingers crossed that within the hau...

What Germs On Earth Suggest About Life On Mars

Posted 02.26.2013 | Science

By: Rod Pyle, Contributor Published: 02/25/2013 04:24 PM EST on LOS ANGELES — While Mars was likely a more hospitable plac...