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Venus Likely Had Past Life; Next Step Is Finding It

Venus likely harbored past microbial life, if not on its exposed surface, then in the planet’s potential warm early oceans and hot pools of liquid water, Dirk Schulze-Makuch, a Washington State University astrobiologist, now tells me.<p>Schulze-Makuch is less certain whether such long-dead microbes …

Astronomy

How Would the World Change If We Found Alien Life?

In 1938, Orson Welles narrated a radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" as a series of simulated radio bulletins of what was happening in real time …

DARPA Engineering Microbes to Terraform Mars

Terraformation on Mars is a remote possibility thanks to human-engineered organisms by scientists at DARPA.<p>DARPA is putting in all its efforts …

Biology

Stephen Hawking: it is time to hunt for alien civilisations

The new project, called Breakthrough Listen, is chaired by Lord Rees the astronomer royal and backed by Professor Stephen Hawking<p>Professor Stephen Hawking said it was ‘time to commit to finding the answer to life beyond Earth’ as he launched a $100 million project to hunt for intelligent aliens.<p>The …

Universe

The 15 most compelling scientific findings that suggest aliens are real

Over billions of years, these ingredients condense to form gas clouds, new stars, and planets, which means that the ingredients, and therefore the potential, for life beyond Earth are scattered across the universe.<p>What's more, a number of recent discoveries also strongly suggest that alien life …

Universe

This Common Microbe Grows Better in Space than on Earth

Scientists crowdsourced microbial samples from thousands of volunteers, and sent 48 of them to space.<p>Every time astronauts voyage to and from the International Space Station (ISS), they bring trillions of microbial hitchhikers along with them. Humans are buckets of bugs, after all, and as ISS …

Microbiology

Synthetic biology: Creating life from scratch

A pioneering science is offering researchers the possibility to design and engineer new forms of life on a made-to-order basis. This week we head to the United Kingdom to explore the boundless potential of synthetic biology.<p>Synthetic biology can be likened to a game of Lego with a biological twist, …

Biotechnology

How Did Life Begin? It’s Not About the Planets So Much As the Chemistry

At the end of August, I got a press release saying that a chemist named Steven Benner was going to deliver a lecture in Italy in which he broached the idea that we might descend from Martians.<p>I met Benner ten years ago. He was sitting in a coffee shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working out what …

Nobel Prize

ET Genetic Code May Be Found In Human DNA, According To Kazakhstan Scientists' Biological SETI Theory

For those of us who wonder if earthlings are the only intelligent species in the Milky Way and beyond, try this theory on for size:<p>Two scientists in Kazakhstan believe humans may have an extraterrestrial "stamp" embedded into our genetic code, a mathematical message that would not be explained by …

Pluto’s Surface ​May Be Alive Thanks To Planetary Antifreeze

Could icy slush be driving the dwarf planet's geological activity?<p>After the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past Pluto on July 14, scientists were stunned at what it sent back. Photos show the dwarf planet dotted with icy mountains and smooth plains of ice, suggesting the surface may be younger than …

'Godzilla of Earths' identified

<b>There is a new class of planet out there that astronomers are calling the "mega-Earth".</b><p>It is an object with a hard surface like our own world but much, much bigger.<p>The necessity for the new designation follows the discovery of a planet which has a mass some 17 times that of Earth.<p>Known as …

How To Make A New Planet Home

Three simple steps for an intergalactic exit plan<p>The recipe for creating a habitable planet turns out to be surprisingly simple: Just add water—and atmospheric gases. Mars has both, relics from four billion years ago when the planet was warm and wet. “When it comes to Mars, and only Mars, the …