New Technique Could Help Scientists Detect Alien Life... in Four Years

A team of astrobiologists has described a new method of detecting not just water, but life, on distant worlds. There's just one problem – the telescope we need to do it won't be on line until 2018. » 3/09/14 3:30pm 3/09/14 3:30pm

Must Watch: Dawkins, Nye, Tyson, and Stephenson Discuss Science and…

"Without hyperbole, it is true that i don't think there has ever been on one stage an assembly of science storytellers and communicators like this," said theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss of the panelists assembled for the debate featured here. We're inclined to agree with him. » 4/15/13 12:20pm 4/15/13 12:20pm

This spectacular image is the deepest view of the Universe ever…

Astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope have just released the most detailed view of the early Universe ever captured. It's called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF for short. The image combines over ten years' worth of photographs by Hubble. It required 2-million seconds of exposure time to produce, and… » 9/26/12 8:00am 9/26/12 8:00am

These mirrors will allow us to observe the birth of the Universe. Yes, …

In 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will become one of the greatest tools in humanity's quest to understand the cosmos. Now, after eight years, the technology comprising the heart and soul of the telescope — an ultra-sophisticated beryllium mirror system — is complete. » 8/21/12 12:00pm 8/21/12 12:00pm

This could be our best view yet of the earliest objects in the Universe

NASA researchers have detected the faint glow of what they believe to be the first stars and galaxies to form in the aftermath of the Big Bang — and it's positively stunning. If the team's findings are correct, they could offer valuable insight into the nature of the Universe's very first objects. » 6/08/12 11:40am 6/08/12 11:40am

Astronomers discover a brand-new class of exoplanet — the boiling…

NASA's Kepler mission has been spoiling us with planetary discoveries left and right as of late. Now, researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an entirely new class of planet — they call it a "waterworld," and it might be covered in broiling-hot ice. » 2/21/12 11:21am 2/21/12 11:21am

Here are 10,000 reasons to be excited about deep-space exploration

Yesterday, NASA announced a milestone in the almost 22-year history of its Hubble Space Telescope: The 10,000th refereed scientific paper based on Hubble data has now been published, reinforcing that Hubble is one of the most successful astronomical experiments in human history. » 12/07/11 7:05am 12/07/11 7:05am

These tiny galaxies are among the most prolific star factories NASA…

Billions of years ago, when the universe was still in its infancy, the formation of stars is believed to have occurred at a much faster rate than it does today. Now, a recent discovery by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST) suggests that the universe's earliest galaxies may have been pumping out stars even faster than… » 11/11/11 4:19pm 11/11/11 4:19pm

Must Watch: Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Pamela Gay, and Lawrence…

I'll come right out and say it: you need to watch this video. It's quite a bit longer than a lot of what we feature here on io9, but the weekend is almost here, and you owe it to yourself to set aside 53 minutes to watch a veritable scientific dream team talk about humanity's future in space. » 10/21/11 12:08pm 10/21/11 12:08pm

Must Listen: Neil deGrasse Tyson's inspirational rant on NASA cutbacks

Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson was on Bill Maher last Friday, and he said everything that needs to be said about plans to slash NASA's budget, including doing away with the James Webb Space Telescope. His phenomenal, astounding rant is one of the greatest pieces of truth-telling you'll hear today: » 8/10/11 2:31pm 8/10/11 2:31pm