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Life on Other Planets

Talking to Aliens

Seth Shostak | Posted 11.14.2014 | Science
Seth Shostak

Unless Earth is special beyond reason, you can confidently assume there are plenty of societies out there. That doesn't mean that they'll come to Earth (or, as many believe, already have). Interstellar travel, despite what you've seen at the local multiplex, is hard. But we could easily get in touch via radio signals or flashing laser lights.

Huge Moon's 'Club Sandwich' Ocean Might Support Life

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 05.03.2014 | Science

Jupiter may have two moons capable of supporting life as we know it. Like its famous neighbor Europa, the huge Jovian satellite Ganymede might have ...

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...

Scientists Make Big Discovery On Tiny Moon

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 04.03.2014 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn's little moon Enceladus. Italian and American ...

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...

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...

Asteroid Find Boosts Possibility Of Alien Life

| Lizzie Wade | Posted 10.12.2013 | Science

The next time you gaze up at the night sky, remember that you’re looking at a graveyard. The Milky Way is studded with dead stars, from black holes ...

NASA Solves UFO Mystery

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.22.2013 | Science

Has an astronaut finally spotted an alien spaceship? NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy spotted something strange -- an unidentified flying object -- flo...

Emily Swanson

Poll Shows What Americans Think About Life On Other Planets

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 07.29.2013 | Science

We're not alone in the universe -- or so say half of Americans in a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. And a quarter of Americans think that alien visitors hav...

Retro Illustrations Predict What Life On Other Planets Is Like

Posted 03.29.2013 | Arts

We imagine that most people have contemplated what life would look like on far-away planets, fantasizing about unknown environments and the curious cr...

World's Oldest Fossils Discovered In Region Known For Ancient Rocks

Posted 01.04.2013 | Science

Three-and-a-half billion years is a long time — after all, humans have only been around for about 2.3 million years. But scientists working in Weste...

Newfound Alien Planet May Be Just Right For Life

Posted 11.09.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 11/07/2012 07:09 PM EST on SPACE.com Astronomers have detected an alien planet that may be capable of supporting life as ...

Life on Mars? Searching for Signs in the Cosmos and on Earth

Randall Amster | Posted 10.22.2012 | Science
Randall Amster

Finding life on Mars would be an amazing discovery, one that I truly hope we realize -- not to alleviate the mundane trappings of our existence, but more so to bring their lessons into sharper focus.

Planet Hunters Discover Dozens Of New Alien Worlds

Posted 08.21.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 08/20/2012 09:17 PM EDT on SPACE.com Astronomers have discovered 41 new alien planets in one sweep by analyzing h...

Curiosity for Life Elsewhere: We Are Now Entering the Post-Global Age

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.09.2012 | Science
Andrew Lam

By sending space probes to the edge of the solar system, by collecting Moon rocks and comet dust, by landing probes on Mars to dig for soils and search for signs of life, we are in constant exchange with outer space.

E. T. Hunters Explain What Happens If Space Aliens Show Up

Posted 03.30.2012 | Science

It is conceivable that humans could someday discover aliens. We scour the cosmos looking for their radio signals, and though we're not capable of int...

Could Aliens On Other Planets Be Spotted If They Like Bright City Lights?

| Posted 11.18.2011 | Green

By John Matson (Click here for original article.) There's probably no intelligent life in the outer solar system. But it couldn't hurt to check. ...

GJ 581g: Cool Planets Are Hard to Find

Patricia Draznin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Patricia Draznin

Do we really need to search the universe for other planets? Or maybe we're just being human, exploring the unknown, and most of all want to give them a better name, such as American Express Land.

This Blog Post Is Even Weirder Than Michael Jackson

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

The general public doesn't mourn the deaths of less-famous people who might have continued to also do great things if they hadn't left us before their time.

New Discovery: More of the Worlds!

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joel Schwartzberg

Last week, astronomers uncovered new planets in the celestial lounge: we'll wonder how quickly they'll take our jobs, then we'll build a border fence around the planet. That's just the kind of worldly neighbors we are.