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An Infant Star's Neighbourhood Is Brimming With Life's Precursors

Four hundred and fifty five light years away sits a newborn star that bears striking resemblance to our Sun. It’s awash in a sea of complex organic molecules which could, one day, coalesce to form proteins, nucleic acids, even life itself.


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 physics.


It's Time To Go Alien Hunting On Titan

Move over Europa, there’s another moon out to claim the title of first place we’ll discover extraterrestrial life. New research from Cornell University finds that alien microbes could, just maybe, eek it out on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. But these critters wouldn’t be like anything we’ve ever seen before — not even close.


Which Religions Are Prepared To Accept Life In Space?

Assuming we don’t blow ourselves up before then, colonising other planets may be the last hope for the survival of humanity. Most of the preparation for this cosmic expansion has centred around solving the more immediate, physical problems of transporting our bodies into deep space, but what about our culture? Therein lies an issue that’s often overlooked: Can the major monotheistic religions of the world reconcile what space means for our immortal souls?


You'll Desperately Want To Climb Inside This Aliens Power Loader Figure

Like lightsabers and time-travelling DeLoreans, the Caterpillar P-5000 Powered Work Loader — or Power Loader for short — in Aliens is one of those props that ended up being the real star of the movie. Who wouldn’t be excited to come to work every day if it involved piloting a robotic exoskeleton? So hats off to Hollywood Collectibles for creating a near perfect miniature version of the Power Loader for us all to drool over.


All The Stuff We Never Actually Found On Mars

For as long as we’ve been snapping pics on the surface of Mars, we’ve been claiming to see anything and everything in its dusty, red terrain. Look at that blur; is that the silhouette of a lady Martian? A rogue military helmet from World War I? An actual human finger? Nope! It’s a rock. It’s always a rock.


Bill Nye's Answer To Fermi Paradox: Be Patient

The Fermi Paradox is a question that stumps and fascinates scientists (and pretty much everyone else, let’s be real.) The question, originally posed by Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, wonders at why there are theoretically so many habitable planets in the universe, but humanity has yet to make contact with any form of intelligent life.


Riding A Motorcycle In This Ice Cave Looks Like Exploring An Alien World

Equal parts cool and eerie with a dash of unique and a sprinkle of out of this world, motorcycle rider Dougie Lampkin toured a hotel made entirely out of ice in Northern Finland on his bike. It’s unlike the dirt hills and race tracks you’re used to seeing motorcycles on and looks a lot more like an alien world.


Why We're Thinking All Wrong About What Alien Life Could Look Like

With over 200 billion stars in our galaxy and at least 10 billion with planets kind of like Earth orbiting them, there’s almost certainly alien life out there — so why haven’t we found it yet?


Scientists Say These Mysterious Prawns May Hold Keys To Alien Life

According to exobiologists at NASA, these mysterious prawns and its symbiotic bacterium may hold clues “about what life could be like on other planetary bodies”. It’s life that may be similar — at the basic level — to what could be lurking in the oceans of Europa, deep under the icy crust of the Jupiter moon.


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