A New Scientific Model that Defines Alien Intelligence

Should we ever detect an extraterrestrial civilization, or any kind of alien life for that matter, it's a safe bet they'll look very different from us. They'll also probably think in a way that's completely foreign to what we're used to. Here's how experts believe we might be able to predict what the minds of aliens… » 1/28/14 11:14am 1/28/14 11:14am

Congress Just Held a Remarkable Two-Hour Hearing on Aliens

In a refreshingly pro-science move, the House Science Committee set aside two hours yesterday to discuss the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life. The ensuing conversation was fascinating, but at times infuriating, with the experts discussing everything from alien biosignatures to the possibility that we're being… » 12/05/13 8:00am 12/05/13 8:00am

NASA Scientist to Scour Kepler Data in Search of Alien Technologies

The Kepler space telescope may be dead in the water, er space, but the data it has collected over the years lives on. A new initiative is set to use this data in an effort to locate alien spaceships, Dyson spheres, and a galactic laser internet — and they've been given $200,000 to make it happen. » 7/26/13 2:40pm 7/26/13 2:40pm

It’s Easier for Aliens to Visit Us Than Previously Thought

A new study suggests that by using the slingshot effect to propel self-replicating probes through interstellar space, an advanced extraterrestrial civilization should be able to visit every corner of the galaxy in a startlingly short amount of time. The Fermi Paradox, it would seem, is alive and well. » 7/25/13 8:15am 7/25/13 8:15am

Could we find alien civilizations using infrared light?

Instead of listening for radio signals, a group of astronomers is proposing that we search for extraterrestrials by detecting their planet’s exaggerated heat signatures — signatures that could be detected in the infrared. But to do so, we’d have to build the largest telescope this world has ever seen. » 6/03/13 11:30am 6/03/13 11:30am

Are we screwing ourselves by transmitting radio signals into space?

For nearly a hundred years, Earth has sent radio signals into space. If anyone nearby is listening, they probably know we’re here. In light of this, a new paper assesses the potential danger presented by such signals, concluding that the benefits outweigh the risks. But how can we really know? » 5/07/13 2:02pm 5/07/13 2:02pm

An Alien Code May Be Hidden Inside Our DNA!

A new paper published in the journal Icarus is suggesting that the best way for an extraterrestrial civilization to communicate across stellar distances is to send messages embedded within genetic code. It’s an interesting take on the panspermia hypothesis, one the scientists hope will lead to “biological SETI.” » 4/10/13 2:54pm 4/10/13 2:54pm

SETI Conducts First Ever Targeted Search For Intelligent Life On…

In what is its most targeted search to date, the SETI Institute has scanned 86 potentially habitable solar systems for signs of radio signals. Needless to say, the search came up short (otherwise the headline of this article would have been dramatically different), but the initiative is finally offering some… » 2/08/13 12:24pm 2/08/13 12:24pm