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NASA Is Seriously Revving Up The Search For Alien Life

A few weeks ago, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan made news by saying, “I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.” It was a bold statement, but NASA is now backing those words with action. » 4/22/15 9:00am 4/22/15 9:00am

An Alien Radio Beacon? Probably Not This Time.

For nearly a decade, astronomers have puzzled over powerful bursts of radio energy that seem to be hailing from billions of light years away. Recently, we received reports of a new wrinkle to this mystery: The bursts appear to follow a mathematical pattern, one that doesn’t line up with anything we know about cosmic… » 4/04/15 2:41pm 4/04/15 2:41pm

We Should Be Able To Detect Spaceships Moving Near The Speed Of Light

A pair of engineers say it's possible to detect the signatures of spacecraft traveling at relativistic speeds, and we can do so using current technologies. The trouble is, their new analysis also suggests that moving through space at ludicrous speed is more hazardous than previously thought. » 3/25/15 8:40am 3/25/15 8:40am

Frank Drake: "It Would Be Silly" To Message Alien Life Today

Frank Drake, creator of the eponymous equation formulated to predict the probability of finding communicative extraterrestrial life in our galaxy, thinks that actively transmitting messages into outer space (as opposed to listening passively for extraterrestrial communication) is a silly, expensive, and inefficient… » 2/16/15 2:20pm 2/16/15 2:20pm

Experts Gather To Discuss Whether We Should Send Messages To Aliens

This coming weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, experts will be discussing the potential benefits and risks of a SETI scheme in which messages about Earth — including the entire contents of Wikipedia — would be transmitted to hundreds of star systems. » 2/09/15 8:40am 2/09/15 8:40am

This Short Video Explains Why You've Never Met An Alien

Given the extreme age of the Galaxy, extraterrestrial civilizations should have occupied every corner of it by now. Yet we see no signs of this. A short new video produced by New Scientist beautifully explains why the Fermi Paradox is a very real scientific problem and why it should be taken more seriously. » 12/16/14 10:40am 12/16/14 10:40am

Is It Time to Accept That We're Alone in the Universe?

We have yet to discover any signs of aliens, a troubling observation that has led to much speculation. One possible solution to the Great Silence is that nobody's out there. It's a conclusion that sounds impossible to believe, but there may be something to it. Here's why we may be alone in the universe. » 11/05/14 12:20pm 11/05/14 12:20pm

Nadia Drake Reflects On The Impact of Her Father's Famed Equation

In 1961, Frank Drake formulated an equation that would change the way we see ourselves in the Universe, and inspire in an unprecedented way the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Now, more than fifty years later, his daughter, science writer Nadia Drake, looks back on the impact of her father's eponymous… » 7/02/14 4:30pm 7/02/14 4:30pm