Last year, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence got a major boost when Russian billionaire Yuri Milner unveiled a $US100 million effort to scan the skies for radio and light signals emitted by aliens. Not content to simply sit tight and wait for ET to hail us, Milner now plans to build interstellar spacecraft. Yes, you heard that correctly.
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Should we ever detect an extraterrestrial civilisation, or any kind of alien life for that matter, it's a safe bet they will look very different from us. They will 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 will be like.
Gale Anne Hurd became famous for producing movies like The Terminator, Aliens, and Armageddon. But these days, she's better known as the producer of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Now, she's producing Hunters for Syfy, and she told us why it's her most political show yet.
For more than 50 years, astronomers have pointed radio receivers to the sky and listened for signs of intelligent life — mostly, around stars like our own. Since that doesn't seem to be working out so well, a team of SETI researchers is now proposing something radically different: scanning the oldest and dimmest stars in the galaxy.
Humans have long dreamed of discovering intelligent life beyond Earth. But truth is, we have no way of knowing if an alien civilisation would be friendly or hostile. Should we have the rotten luck of discovering the Borg, we'll need to get our collective asses into hiding quickly — and a team of astronomers thinks they know how we can. Naturally, it involves lasers.
Not to be outdone by Nike's shameless cashing in on the prop sneakers it created for Back to the Future II, Reebok is releasing the high-top alien-stomping sneakers that Sigourney Weaver wore in Aliens. They're available April 26.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The science world is all in a tizzy this week about the supposed discovery of an alien megastructure. It's an intriguing theory, no doubt, but one deserving hefty amounts of scepticism. As we've learned before, inexplicable observations are all too often confused for aliens. Here are some classic examples.