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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...

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...

Here Are All The Alien Planets We Know Of...So Far

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 11.06.2013 | Science

NASA is on a planet-hunting mission, and it hasn't failed to deliver. This week the space agency announced that its Kepler spacecraft has discovere...

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...

NASA Space Telescope Is Broken

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science

LOS ANGELES — NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope is broken, potentially jeopardizing the search for other worlds where life could exist outs...

Prolific Planet-Hunting Space Probe Now Ailing

Posted 05.02.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 05/01/2013 10:01 AM EDT on SPACE.com Health issues are jeopardizing the planet-hunting work of NASA's prolific Kepler spa...

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.

Odd Space Objects Could Be New Type Of Planet

| Posted 03.15.2013 | Science

By Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine Mysterious dense bodies outside the Solar System could be the remnants of ice giants similar to Neptune t...

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'...

Lee Speigel

Become A Professional Alien Hunter

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 07.20.2012 | Weird News

Now you can be a professional alien hunter too. Edinburgh University is about to make it possible for the average Joe to search for extraterrestri...

Extraterrestrial Habitats: Yet More Good News

Seth Shostak | Posted 08.14.2012 | Science
Seth Shostak

Despite any inclination to believe yourself among the brightest bulbs around, new research indicates that even when the universe was considerably younger, there were heavy elements enough to spawn planets that could... spawn life.

NASA Discovery Nearly Doubles Number of Alien Worlds

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.27.2012 | Science

Call it payday for planet hunters. The Kepler space telescope mission has detected 26 previously unknown planets orbiting their suns in 11 new planeta...

Slouching To The Right Of The Drake Equation

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.05.2012 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The last few years have been heady for planet hunters. First the hot Jupiters; then the will-o'-the-wisp Glieslings and their cousins; and the results from the Kepler mission, one of which is Kepler-22b.

Last Chance to Be Special?

Seth Shostak | Posted 02.04.2012 | Technology
Seth Shostak

Scientists connected with NASA's Kepler space telescope have announced the discovery of a planet orbiting a Sun-like star that may resemble our own world. Its name is Kepler-22b.

NASA Makes 'Star Wars'-Like Discovery

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 11.15.2011 | Technology

NASA reported on Thursday the discovery of Kepler 16b, a planet with two suns that evokes images of Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, from the "...

NASA Spots 54 Potentially Life-Friendly Planets

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — An orbiting NASA telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life, spotting more than 50 potenti...

Life at the SETI Institute: Laurance Doyle, A Man of Many Firsts

SETI Institute | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

Dr. Laurance Doyle is a true renaissance man who thrives on discovery. His passion is to immerse himself into scientific mysteries and go "where no man has gone before."

Life at the SETI Institute: Meet Dr. Jon Jenkins -- Video

SETI Institute | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

This one-minute excerpt comes from a special colloquium celebrating the 25th anniversary of the SETI Institute. Watch a video of Dr. Jon Jenkins giv...

NASA Kepler Telescope Discovers Five New Planets

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — NASA's new planet-hunting telescope has found two mystery objects that are too hot to be planets and too small to be stars. The Ke...

Extraterrestrial Intelligence?

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Takahashi

I suggest that we seek the wisdom of far more advanced societies from our common universe. The worst case result would be no signal. This research would cost far less than the AIG bailout.