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The Search for Life Is Picking Up Speed!

Mario Livio | Posted 07.22.2014 | 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.

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 miss...

Scientists Discover Most Earth-Like Alien World Yet

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 06.17.2014 | Science

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in...

Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Finds 'Biggest Haul Ever'

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Science

A huge new haul of planets has joined the tally of alien worlds discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope, scientists announced today. All of the ne...

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...

Has Ailing Probe Finally Solved Mystery Of Exploding Stars?

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

They are cosmic detonations that briefly outshine the light of entire galaxies. And they were a crucial tool in the discovery of dark energy, the forc...

Effort To Solve Dark Matter Mystery Comes Up Empty-Handed

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

A planet-hunting NASA spacecraft has detected no sign of moon-size black holes yet in the Milky Way galaxy, limiting the chances that such objects c...

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.

Redemption

Victor Stenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

Since there are about 150 billion other galaxies in the visible cosmos, this multiplies out to 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets within the visible universe capable of supporting biological life of some form.

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.

WATCH: New Study Yields Huge Surprise About Habitable Planets

Space.com | Tanya Lewis | Posted 11.05.2013 | Science

Habitable alien planets similar to Earth may not be that rare in the universe, a new study suggests. About one in five sunlike stars observed by NA...

DISCOVERED: Bizarre 'Tilt-A-Whirl' Solar System

natureheader | Ken Croswell | Posted 10.18.2013 | Science

Observations from NASA's Kepler spacecraft have uncovered a 'tilted' solar system, a finding that gives clues as to how some planets come to orbit the...

Astronomers Tally HOW MANY Alien Worlds!?

Space.com | 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...

Newfound Planet Has Ridiculously Short 'Year'

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.21.2013 | Science

Imagine going to bed in one year, and waking up in another. That's reality on the newly discovered Kepler 78b, an Earth-sized, fiery planet that speed...

Space Agency Throws In The Towel

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 08.15.2013 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA called off all attempts to fix its crippled Kepler space telescope Thursday. But it's not quite ready to call it quits on...

NASA Planet Hunter On The Lookout For Alien Ships In Deep Space

Lee Speigel | Posted 07.26.2013 | Weird News

Geoff Marcy isn't content to just look for more inhabitable planets with the Kepler space telescope. He wants to find ET spaceships hidden in deep spa...

Space Agency Delivers Some Bad News To Planet Hunters

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 07.25.2013 | Science

NASA's Kepler spacecraft probably won't bounce back completely from the malfunction that stalled its planet-hunting efforts two months ago, mission o...

Big Glitch May Not Be Fatal To Celebrated Space Telescope

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft should be able to achieve its primary mission goal regardless of whether or not it can bounce back from a rec...

Space Agency To Revive Planet-Hunting Probe

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 07.08.2013 | Science

NASA will try to revive its ailing Kepler spacecraft this month in the hope of resurrecting a mission that has revolutionized the search for alien pl...

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.

ETs Exist, Renowned Scientists Say

Lee Speigel | Posted 03.19.2013 | Weird News

The Milky Way galaxy is so big, that there's no doubt, statistically speaking, that ETs exist. That's what several prominent scientists say on the ...

Space Telescope Spies Record-Setting Planet

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 02.20.2013 | Science

LOS ANGELES -- Astronomers searching for planets outside our solar system have discovered the tiniest one yet – one that's about the size of our...

Buck Wolf

VOTE: Which Face Is More Beastly (Weird News Top 10)

HuffingtonPost.com | Buck Wolf | Posted 02.10.2013 | Weird News

What kind of animal would tattoo his name on his girlfriend's face 24 hours after they met in person for the first time? That could only be a human...

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 ...

DISCOVERED: Scores Of New Alien Planet 'Candidates'

Posted 01.14.2013 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell Published: 01/12/2013 09:17 AM EST on SPACE.com A team of amateurs has discovered evidence for 42 alien planets, including a ...