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The Surprisingly Obvious Way We Could Hunt For Alien Life

A team of astronomers is proposing a new way to hunt for intelligent life that sounds rather obvious when you think about it: We need to be the aliens. Or at least, we need to put ourselves in their shoes and think about where in the sky they can see us.

We Need To Talk About That X-Files Finale

Last night, the X-Files revival ended after six episodes that went by all too quickly, leaving us with fond memories of a certain Were-Monster and Mulder getting high as balls … and some extremely confused and unresolved feelings, especially after that head-scratcher of a finale.

China's Giant 'Alien-Hunting' Telescope Comes With A Human Cost

China is building the biggest radio telescope on Earth. And the country is displacing over 9000 people to do it.

How Astronomers Will Solve The 'Alien Megastructure' Mystery 

KIC 8462852 has quickly become one of the biggest astronomical mysteries of the decade. It will be months before we have any firm answers on this fitfully flickering star, but astronomers intend to get to the bottom of it. How?

We Can't Find Aliens Because They're All Extinct

Alien life may well have flourished many times around our galaxy, and even our solar system. Why haven’t we found it, though? It probably lived and died long before we were around, and didn’t last long enough to evolve into complex multicellular forms. A new study published by scientists and researchers at the Australian National University suggests that near-universal early extinction of other lifeforms in our universe — at a cellular and microbial level — is due to the relatively rapid change of the climates on planets like Venus and Mars.

Mysterious Wow! Signal Came From Comets, Not Aliens, Claims Scientist

In 1977, astronomer Jerry R. Ehman observed a data signal so unique he drew a red circle around it and wrote “Wow!” to emphasise the discovery. The source of the signal was never identified, leading some to say it was aliens. But a new study suggests it wasn’t aliens at all — but rather a hydrogen cloud caused by comets.

Everything You Need To Know About Cassini's Final Enceladus Flyby

An important chapter in our exploration of the solar system concludes tomorrow, when NASA’s Cassini probe makes its final close flyby of Enceladus, an icy moon orbiting Saturn with a global ocean beneath its surface. Cassini has already collected samples to determine if Enceladus’ seawater might be habitable — but we still have some unfinished business with this tiny Saturnian satellite.

The Next Alien Film, Covenant, Will Be Shot In Sydney (With Two More To Follow)

Well, hopefully two more. But definitely one, with director Ridley Scott confirming last week that Sydney would play host to Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant.

Most Earth-Like Worlds Haven't Been Born Yet

With NASA’s Kepler mission still turning up cosmic wonders, and a slew of exoplanet-hunting scopes on deck, the chance of finding a second Earth has never seemed higher. And yet, time may be against us when it comes to meeting our squishy galactic brethren: according to a new theoretical study, 92% of Earth-like worlds haven’t been born yet.

What Are The Odds Of An Alien Megastructure Blocking Light From A Distant Star?

A strange star located 1500 light-years from Earth is exhibiting strange flickering behaviour that’s leading some scientists to speculate that an alien megastructure is blocking the light. But what would such a structure be exactly and how likely is it that the Kepler space telescope has actually spotted one?

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