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Putting the ‘Giggle Factor’ to Rest

<i>Can we overcome our preconceptions about extraterrestrial life? Kathleen Toerpe thinks the answer is yes, for we’re moving from the era of</i> …

Will we meet aliens in the near future?

A senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, which scans the skies for signals of extraterrestrial intelligence, told Congress last week that he is …

We'll Find Alien Life in This Lifetime, Scientists Tell Congress

Humans have long wondered whether we are alone in the universe. According to scientists working with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence …

Our Alien DNA: Could Messages From E.T. Be Hidden in Our Genetic Code?

In 1960, a young astronomer by the name of Frank Drake pointed the Green Bank radio telescope at the stars Tau Ceti and Epsilon Eridani…and listened …

Congress Asked Some Really Weird Questions at the Alien Life Hearing

The Zen of SETI

The SETI challenge has often been likened to archaeology, and for good reason. In both cases, we are trying to recover information about cultures …

So What Really Goes Down if We Find the Aliens?

If we trip across life that's not of this world, do we blast it or befriend it? What impact would it have on our society?<p>This was the topic of a two-day symposium held at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress last week. Several dozen researchers -- astronomers, philosophers, …

Alien life may be stranger than we can imagine

On July 20, Russian tech billionaire Yuri Milner announced a massive and unprecedented investment in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence …

A better than 50/50 chance Kepler-186f has technological life. (Updated)

SETI Live's data on Kepler-186's solar system could be revealing evidence of extraterrestrial life. SETI may have seen ET's satellite signals …

Whatever happened to UFO sightings?

One thing that strikes me about claims of alien visitation is that so much of the evidence is musty and fusty.<p>Every day, I get stories and articles …

Should Humanity Try to Contact Alien Civilizations?

Is it time to take the search for intelligent aliens to the next level?<p>For more than half a century, scientists have been scanning the heavens for …