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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Showed That Aliens Might Be More Than Science Fiction  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
The moon may be dead, but the Apollo 11 astronauts still managed to bring extraterrestrial life back to Earth. Astronomer/alien hunter Seth... more
Giant Hawaii telescope to focus on big unknowns of universe  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Is there life on planets outside our solar system? How did stars and galaxies form in the earliest years of the universe? How do black holes shape galaxies? more
Breakthrough Listen launches new optical search with Arizona's VERITAS telescope array  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Breakthrough Listen—the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe—announced today a new collaboration between Breakthrough Listen and the VERITAS Collaboration in the search... more
A Material Way to Make Mars Habitable  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
People have long dreamed of re-shaping the Martian climate to make it livable for humans. Carl Sagan was the first outside of... more
'Let's see them aliens': 1.3 mn people vow to storm classified US base  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
For more than a century, scientists have scoured the known universe for signs of extraterrestrial life, an endeavor that has thus far... more
What Is NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)?  SPACE.COM · 6 days
NASA’s future flagship telescope, WFIRST, will help us find potentially habitable exoplanets and study a mysterious phenomenon called dark matter. more
A material way to make Mars habitable  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New research suggest that regions of the Martian surface could be made habitable with a material -- silica aerogel -- that mimics Earth's atmospheric greenhouse effect. Through modeling and experiments, the researchers show that... more
How We Could Make Mars Habitable, One Patch of Ground at a Time  SPACE.COM · 1 week
Transforming Mars into a life-friendly world doesn't have to be a herculean, planet-wide effort. more
Silica aerogel could make Mars habitable  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
People have long dreamed of re-shaping the Martian climate to make it livable for humans. Carl Sagan was the first outside of the realm of science fiction to propose terraforming. In a 1971 paper, Sagan suggested... more
Image: Hubble peers at galactic cherry blossoms  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The galaxy NGC 1156 resembles a delicate cherry blossom tree flowering in springtime in this Hubble image. The many bright "blooms" within the galaxy are in fact stellar nurseries—regions where new stars are springing to... more
Researcher sees potential for ancient life on Martian surface  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Photos taken by the Mars Curiosity rover may show a desolate rocky landscape to some, but to Penn State researcher Christopher House, the photos show potential for ancient life. more
Successful launch for eROSITA X-ray telescope  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Russian-German Spektrum-Roentgen-Gamma (SRG) space mission successfully lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on Saturday, July 13 at 14:31. Onboard is the eROSITA X-ray telescope, which was developed and built by a consortium of German institutes... more
Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have discovered thriving communities of bacteria in Alaskan 'cryopegs,' trapped layers of sediment with water so salty that it remains liquid... more
Earth's Changing Colors Could Help Us Find Alien Life  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Earth's color palette has changed considerably over time, and that fact could help astronomers better understand the evolution of other life-hosting planets, a new study suggests. more
Earth's core has been leaking for billions of years  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Earth's magnetic field protects and makes our planet habitable by stopping harmful high-energy particles from space, including from the Sun. The source of this magnetic field is the core at... more
Snow algae thrive in high-elevation ice spires, an unlikely oasis for life  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
High in the Andes Mountains, dagger-shaped ice spires house thriving microbial communities, offering an oasis for life in one of Earth's harshest environments as... more
Study suggests asteroids might play key role in spreading life  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Picture this: A bacteria-carrying asteroid is ejected from the center of the galaxy into the far reaches of space only to be "captured" by a distant solar system,... more
Snow algae thrive in high-elevation ice spires, an unlikely oasis for life  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
High in the Andes Mountains, dagger-shaped ice spires house thriving microbial communities, offering an oasis for life in one of Earth's harshest environments as... more
Happy UFO Day! Here Are the States With the Most Sightings  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Analysts at SatelliteInternet.com used data from the National UFO Reporting Center and the US Census to determine you might have a higher likelihood of spotting a... more
Scientists conclude cigar-shaped interstellar object not an alien spaceship  REUTERS · 3 weeks
After investigating the nature of a mysterious and apparently cigar-shaped object called 'Oumuamua spotted in 2017 speeding through... more
'Oumuamua is not an alien spacecraft  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Early reports of the interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua's odd characteristics led some to speculate that the object could be an alien spacecraft, sent from a distant civilization to examine our star system. But a new analysis by... more
No Aliens Needed: Odd Properties of the 1st Known Interstellar Visitor Can Be Natural  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
'Oumuamua, the first known interstellar visitor, doesn't need an extraterrestrial solution to explain its oddities, according to a new study. more
'Oumuamua is not an alien spacecraft: study  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
On October 19, 2017, astronomers discovered the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system. First spotted by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System 1 (PanSTARRS1) telescope located at the University of... more
When the dinosaurs died, lichens thrived  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
When the asteroid hit, dinosaurs weren't the only ones that suffered. Clouds of ash blocked the sun and cooled the planet's temperature, devastating plant life. But fungi, which decompose dead stuff, did well. So what happened... more
NASA's New Exoplanet-Hunting Telescope Has Spotted Its Tiniest Alien World Yet  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
NASA's new exoplanet-hunting telescope has discovered its smallest planet yet: a world somewhere between the sizes of Earth and its smaller sister, Mars. more
Life on Icy Alien Worlds May Resemble Creatures Under Submerged Hawaiian Volcano  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
What do a deep underwater volcano in Hawaii and Saturn's moon have in common? Astrobiologists are hoping the answer to that question is life. more
The 'Lost City' of Atlantis Massif Could Reveal How Life Survives on Dark, Alien Water Worlds  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Simple chemical reactions on hydrothermal vents could power life on dark worlds like Saturn’s world, Enceladus. more
When CubeSats meet an asteroid  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
SA's Hera mission for planetary defense, being designed to survey the smallest asteroid ever explored, is really three spacecraft in one. The main mothership will carry two briefcase-sized CubeSats, which will touch down on the target body. A... more
SuperCam instrument integrated on NASA's Mars 2020 rover  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The French/American SuperCam instrument has been delivered early June to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and has been integrated this week on NASA's Mars 2020 rover. The French space agency, CNES, together with... more
When the dinosaurs died, lichens thrived  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
When an asteroid smacked into the Earth 66 million years ago, it triggered mass extinctions all over the planet. The most famous victims were the dinosaurs, but early birds, insects, and other life forms took a... more
When CubeSats meet asteroid  ESA · 3 weeks
ESA’s Hera mission for planetary defence, being designed to survey the smallest asteroid ever explored, is really three spacecraft in one. The main mothership will carry two briefcase-sized... more
Plant seeding and panspermia  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The first detection of an interstellar asteroid/comet-like object visiting the Solar system two years ago has sparked ideas about the possibility of interstellar travel. New research from the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology suggests that such objects also raise far reaching... more
UFOs Remain Elusive Despite Decades of Study  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
The UFO-investigating group MUFON turns 50 next month. What have we learned over the past five decades? more
Lanzarote and ESA, united by space  ESA · 4 weeks
Astronauts, astrobiologists and space engineers will continue to explore the volcanic landscapes of Spain’s Canary Island of Lanzarote to prepare for expeditions to other... more
UFOs Remain Elusive Despite Decades of Study  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
In July, the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) celebrates 50 years of investigating and promoting research about unidentified flying objects. Do we know any more now than we did in 1969? more
Scientists Find Extraterrestrial Cyanide Compounds in Meteorites  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
A research team led by scientists from Boise State University and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has identified several complex cyanide compounds... more
Unlocking secrets of the ice worm  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The ice worm is one of the largest organisms that spends its entire life in ice and Washington State University scientist Scot Hotalilng is one of the only people on the planet studying it. more
Modelling galactic settlement  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
What looks like a still of an exploding firework is actually taken from an ESA simulation of humankind's expansion across the stars, produced for an international competition. Each dot is a habitable star system, with the colored stripes representing interstellar... more
'Bathtub Rings' Around Titan’s Lakes Might Be Made of Alien Crystals  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
The frigid lakeshores of Saturn's moon Titan might be encrusted with strange, unearthly minerals,... more
Cyanide compounds discovered in meteorites may hold clues to the origin of life  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Cyanide and carbon monoxide are both deadly poisons to humans, but compounds containing iron, cyanide, and carbon monoxide discovered in carbon-rich meteorites... more
Astronomy bot speeds up search for Jupiter's twins  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Astronomers have a new tool in their search for extraterrestrial life -- a sophisticated bot that helps identify stars hosting planets similar to Jupiter and Saturn. more
Researcher shows physics suggests life could exist in a 2-D universe  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
James Scargill, a physicist at the University of California, has written a paper reporting that the laws of physics allow for the existence of a life-supporting... more
Research resets timeline for life on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Western researchers, leading an international team, have shown that the first 'real chance' of Mars developing life started early, 4.48 billion years ago, when giant, life-inhibiting meteorites stopped striking the Red Planet. The findings... more
Study shows how icy outer solar system satellites may have formed  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Using sophisticated computer simulations and observations, a team led by researchers from the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology has shown how the... more
Dried Earth microbes could grow on Mars with just a little humidity  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 weeks
Showing that salt-loving bacteria can double their numbers after absorbing damp air has implications for life on other planets. more
Mars May Have Escaped Life-Threatening Impacts Early On  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
A storm of cosmic impacts may have ended relatively early on Mars, suggesting that the Red Planet was habitable longer than scientists previously thought, a new study finds. more
More Mars Methane: Curiosity Rover Spots Biggest Surge Yet  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
NASA's Curiosity rover has sniffed out another spike of the potentially life-indicating gas methane, and this one is the biggest yet. more
'Bathtub rings' around Titan's lakes might be made of alien crystals  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The frigid lakeshores of Saturn's moon Titan might be encrusted with strange, unearthly minerals, according to new research being presented here. more
Responses of cities to invasions are rather reactive, finds study  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
While exploring the way alien species invade cities around the world, South African PhD student Ashlyn L. Padayachee and her supervisors, Serban Proches and John Wilson remember suddenly... more
Curiosity Rover finds high levels of methane on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A team working with NASA to study data the Mars Curiosity Rover has found high levels of methane at a site on the Red Planet. The existence of methane is,... more
Voracious Black Holes Could Feed Alien Life on Rogue Worlds  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
Black holes are engines of destruction on a cosmic scale, but they may also be the bringers of life. more
Be prepared: Prioritising invasive species for strategic prevention (Durban, South Africa)  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
While exploring the way alien species invade cities around the world, South African Ph.D. student Ashlyn L. Padayachee (University of KwaZulu-Natal, UKZN) and her supervisors, Serban... more
Experiments with Salt-Tolerant Bacteria in Brine Have Implications for Life on Mars  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
Salt-tolerant bacteria grown in brine were able to revive after the brine was put through a cycle of drying and rewetting. The research has... more
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