Search For Life

Alien Life Could Thrive on 'Supercritical' CO2 Instead of Water
Artist's Rendition of a Cloudy Super-Earth
November 16th, 2014
Alien life might flourish on an exotic kind of carbon dioxide, researchers say. This 'supercritical' carbon dioxide, which has features of both liquids and gases, could be key to extraterrestrial organisms much as water is to biology on Earth.
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Could Alien Life Exist Around Red Dwarf Stars? Watch Debate in Webcast Tonight
Artist's Concept of Red Dwarf Star with Alien Planet
October 16th, 2014
Experts will debate whether or not life is likely to exist on planets orbiting red dwarf stars during a live event tonight. Watch it here at
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Aliens May Be Out There, But Too Distant for Contact
SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array
October 6th, 2014
The Milky Way may be home to some 3,000 extraterrestrial civilizations but the vast distances between our galactic cousins will make contact extremely rare, a new study concludes.
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Innovative 'Starshade' Tech Could Illuminate Rocky Alien Planets
1/100th-Scale Starshade
November 14th, 2014
Researchers have been testing out "starshade" technology, which could help astronomers find and characterize rocky, Earthlike alien worlds by blocking the overpowering light of their parent stars.
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Search for Mars Life Starts on Earth
Licancabur volcano
October 13th, 2014
Frigid lakes bombarded by UV radiation and boiling, acidic springs are some of the otherworldly Earth environments where scientists plan to hunt for clues to life on Mars.
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Search for Alien Life Should Target Water, Oxygen and Chlorophyll
The Earth-Sized Exoplanet Kepler-186f
September 30th, 2014
Future space telescopes hunting for signs of alien life should focus on water, oxygen and chlorophyll-like pigments, in that order, researchers said.
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Life-Hunting Mars Mission Idea Makes Progress, But Needs Cash
ExoLance 'Penetrator' in Martian Subsurface
September 15th, 2014
A concept mission that would fire scientific missiles at Mars to search for signs of subsurface life is making technical strides, team members say, but it still needs quite a bit of financial help to get off the ground.
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Ebola Outbreak May Hold Lessons for Handling Samples from Mars
CDC Ebola Garments
October 30th, 2014
Measures taken in the current Ebola outbreak may hold some clues for how to handle Martian samples brought back to Earth from the Red Planet, which could host extraterrestrial microbes.
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Would Finding Alien Life Change Religious Philosophies?
seti telescopes
October 10th, 2014
The discovery of extraterrestrial beings — be they slimy microbes or little green men — would dramatically change the way we humans view our place in the universe. But would it shatter religion? Well, that depends on what you believe.
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How Viewing Earth as an Exoplanet Can Help Search for Alien Life
Future telescopes could look for the signature of ozone in an Earth-like planet's atmosphere.
September 29th, 2014
What signs of life could a far-off alien spacecraft spot on Earth? The answer could help researchers shape the hunt for E.T. in far-off solar systems.
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