Astrobiology

NASA Researchers Confirm Exoplanet HAT-P-11b Has Water Vapor and Clear Skies

Data from three NASA telescopes have helped researchers take a significant leap towards being able to measure the atmospheric...

Kieran Dickson
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 3:47PM

Cosmonauts Find Living Organisms on the Exterior of the ISS

Russian cosmonauts just discovered life that can persist in the deadly vacuum of space. In a recent study of samples from the exterior...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 22 August 2014 - 2:17PM

We May Have Already Detected Heat from Alien Civilizations

Have we already detected heat emitted from alien civilizations? Researchers from Pennsylvania State University are implementing a...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 11:18AM

The Copernicus Complex: Is Human Life Special or Mediocre?

Is Earth's intelligent life unique in the universe? In the upcoming book The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 - 12:47PM

Bill Nye Says We May Discover Life On Europa Within The Next 30 Years

Europa is rapidly becoming the object of superstar (read supermoon) of the scientific community. Hailed as one of the prime suspects...

Kieran Dickson
Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 3:40PM

Mars 2020 Rover Will Carry a Terraforming Device

Between global warming and a rapid dwindling of resources, terraforming another planet might eventually be humanity's best bet. In...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 3:15PM

Saturn's Geyser-Covered Moon Enceladus May Be Able to Support Life

Is Enceladus the best candidate for a life-sustaining planet? Data from the Cassini spacecraft reveals that water may be able to reach...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 11:40AM

Terraforming Venus: Floating Cities and Asteroid Impacts

Could we someday terraform Venus? There are several possible solutions for the (admittedly many) problems associated with living on...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 12:20PM

Crowdsourcing The Search for Alien Artifacts on the Moon

Paul Davies, a longtime SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researcher and physicist wants to kickstart a search for alien...

Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 1:19PM

We May Find Aliens, If They Have Polluted Their Own Planet

Have other intelligent beings polluted their environment? Harvard researchers are tentatively making this assumption in their new...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 2:36PM

Reddit Q&A with Geophysicist David Waltham Covers Everything from Terraforming to Finding Alien Life

In a question and answer session on reddit, Royal Hallaway Geophysisist David Waltham graced us with his elucidative insight on...

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 - 12:14PM

Newfound Earth-Like Exoplanet Could Support Life

An international team of astronomers has just discovered a planet that is considered to be one of three exoplanets that are most...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 26 June 2014 - 10:38AM

Four Theories on How Life Started On Earth

How did life start on Earth? Where did the first animals, the first plants, the first single-celled organisms come from? Some believe...

Monday, 23 June 2014 - 3:19PM

Checklist for Finding Utterly Bizarre Extraterrestrials

According to Christopher McKay, the director of NASA's Ames Research Center in California, the criteria that astronomers routinely...

Monday, 09 June 2014 - 4:20PM

Did Climate Change Make Extraterrestrial Life Scarce?

David Waltham, physicist and author of "Lucky Planet", recently wrote an article for theconversation.com proposing his rather unique...

Monday, 09 June 2014 - 11:06AM

Astrobiologists Cast Doubt on Primordial Ooze Theory

When searching for extraterrestrial life, astrobiologists often study the origin of life on Earth in order to determine search...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 - 1:26PM

Discovery of New Type of Exoplanet: The Godzilla of Earths

A team of CfA astronomers, lead by Xavier Dumusque, recently discovered that Kepler-10C-- a massive planet located in the Draco...

Monday, 02 June 2014 - 2:26PM

Astrophysicist Designs Solar System that Could Hold 60 Earths

Sean Raymond of Bordeaux University has created the ideal stellar system that can hold as many habitable planets as possible without...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 30 May 2014 - 11:19AM

Did We Bring Life to Mars? Bacterial Organisms Found on Curiosity Rover

Researchers have long been trying to find life on Mars, but we may have cheated in that quest by unnaturally spreading life to Mars...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 10:58AM

Astronomers Tell Congress that Alien Life May be Found Within 20 Years

On Wednesday, May 21, Congress's Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee held hearings on the research carried out in the Search...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 10:05AM