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Inspirations: Are We Facing the Great Filter?

• The Fermi Paradox asks why we appear to be the only technological species in a galaxy of hundreds of billions of stars.<br>• Robin Hanson proposed a ‘great …

Astronomy

Rocky, Close and Potentially Habitable Planets Around a Dwarf Star

Forty light-years away is no small distance. But an announcement of the discovery of two planets at that separation that have been determined to be …

Chernobyl Microbes Are Heading to the International Space Station

Studying the effects of microgravity on these fungi may lead to new radiation therapies.<p>SpaceX and NASA are ready to send the next cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, which contains over 250 different research investigations that the space station crew will carry out over the …

Why Finding Earth-Sized Planets is Hard

Planets

The great filter | Robin Hanson | TEDxLimassol

YouTube

A Star’s Birth Holds Early Clues to Life-Potential

Astronomers piece together how solar systems are formed.

Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone

Planets

Coming to Terms With Biosignatures

The search for life beyond our solar system has focused largely on the detection of an ever-increasing number of exoplanets, determinations of …

Two Nearby Potentially Habitable Planets Are Rocky Worlds

When Hubble first observed the atmospheric conditions of an extrasolar planet in 2000, it opened up that entire field of study. Now, Hubble has …

104 newfound alien planets confirmed in cosmic haul

A team of researchers using telescopes in space and on Earth announced a new haul of about 100 previously undiscovered alien planets on Monday.<p>The …

Universe

A Planet With A 27,000 Year Orbit & That's Just Where The Strangeness Begins

Every planet in the Solar System has its own peculiar orbit, and these vary considerably. Whereas planet Earth takes 365.25 days to complete a single …

Universe

Newly discovered exoplanets are not alone

Astronomers from a Canadian university have given a clearer understanding on a class of exoplanets known as Warm Jupiters, that often have unexpected …

Is Earthly Life Premature from a Cosmic Perspective?

The universe is 13.8 billion years old, while our planet formed just 4.5 billion years ago. Some scientists think this time gap means that life on …

Could Life On Earth Have Come From A Comet?

What if alien DNA led to human existence? This amino acid recently found in comets gives us insight on our potential alien-relatives.<p>If you saw the …

The Hunt for Exoplanets Turns to Earth's Backyard

NASA's next planet-hunting mission will take a census of Earth's cosmic neighborhood.<p>The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite(TESS), which is …

Simple Exoplanet Calculation Describes Alien Atmospheres in a Flash

A new mathematical formula predicts the ratio of particular molecules in the atmospheres of far-off planets, letting researchers more easily tell …

Universe

'Air Conditioning' Could Make Exoplanets Habitable

Alien worlds orbiting within the habitable zones of small red dwarf stars may become truly habitable if their atmospheric circulation balances the …

Most likely Earth-like exoplanets cataloged: Researchers list exoplanets with the most potential to have liquid water, or even life

Researchers list exoplanets with the most potential to have liquid water, or even life<p>An international team of researchers has pinpointed which of …

Life On Earth Is Premature Based On Stars Size, Exoplanets, Scientists Say

Life on Earth is believed to have popped up sooner than it should have when compared with what happens on a Universal scale. A theory stating that …

Astronomers help focus research in the search for another Earth

Using public data collected by NASA's Kepler mission, astronomers have catalogued the planet candidates that may be similar to our third rock from …

Another Earth? Kepler astronomers pinpoint likeliest candidates

Kepler researchers list exoplanets with the most potential to be habitable rocky planets.

Are the Aliens Trying to Extinguish an Entire Star?

Megastructures were just the beginning.<p>It's surely too early to say what their motivations might be—or what they even look like and whether they think that humans are cool or lame—but a paper posted this week to the arXiv pre-print server makes it all too clear that aliens are attempting to destroy …

Calculating the odds of life between the Big Bang and the final fade

The universe is 13.8 billion years old, but our planet formed just 4.5 billion years ago. Some scientists think this time gap means that life on …

Tabby’s Star faded significantly over three years.

Just when you think Tabby’s Star can’t get any weirder, it goes and does.<p>Phil Plait writes <b>Slate</b>’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public …

Phase Changes in the Climate Dynamics of Tidally Locked Terrestrial Exoplanets

We investigate 3D atmosphere dynamics for tidally locked terrestrial planets with an Earth-like atmosphere and irradiation for different rotation …

NASA's TESS mission on track to start hunting exoplanets in 2017 - ExtremeTech

NASA’s TESS mission on track to start hunting exoplanets in 2017<p>By on August 4, 2016 at 12:58 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the …

Why Haven't We Found Any Aliens Yet?

Many years ago, Carl Sagan predicted there could be as many as 10,000 advanced extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy.<p>After nearly 60 years of …

Tabby's Star Megastructure Mystery Continues To Intrigue

Last fall, astronomers were surprised when the Kepler mission reported some anomalous readings from KIC 8462852 (aka. Tabby’s Star). After noticing a …