Hydrogen in Saturn moon’s ice plumes may support microbial life

By Irene Klotz Ice plumes shooting into space from Saturn’s ocean-bearing moon Enceladus contain hydrogen from hydrothermal vents, an environment that some scientists believe led to the rise of life on Earth, research publish”If correct, this observation has fundamental implications for the possibility of life on Enceladus,” geochemist Jeffrey Seewald, of the Woods Hole OceanographicContinue reading “Hydrogen in Saturn moon’s ice plumes may support microbial life”

Fungi in outer space

By Jennifer Frazer In addition to irritatingly lodging themselves everywhere from shower grout to the Russian space station Mir, fungi that live inside rocks in Antarctica have managed to survive a year and half in low-Earth orbit under punishing Mars-like conditions, scientists recently reported in the journal Astrobiology. A few of them even managed toContinue reading “Fungi in outer space”

China Telescope to Displace 9,000 Villagers in Hunt for Extraterrestrials

By EDWARD WONG The Chinese government is relocating thousands of villagers to complete construction by September of the world’s biggest radio telescope, whose intended purpose is to detect signs of extraterrestrial life. The telescope would be 500 meters, or 1,640 feet, in diameter, by far the largest of its kind in the world. It isContinue reading “China Telescope to Displace 9,000 Villagers in Hunt for Extraterrestrials”

Astronomers may have found giant alien ‘megastructures’ orbiting star near the Milky Way

A large cluster of objects in space look like something you would “expect an alien civilization to build”, astronomers have said. Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University, is set to publish a report on the “bizarre” star system – suggesting the objects could be a “swarm of megastructures”. He told The Independent: “IContinue reading “Astronomers may have found giant alien ‘megastructures’ orbiting star near the Milky Way”

Astronomer Sir Martin Rees believes aliens have transitioned from organic forms to machines – and that humans will do the same.

British astrophysicist and cosmologist, Sir Martin Rees, believes if we manage to detect aliens, it will not be by stumbling across organic life, but from picking up a signal made by machines. It’s likely these machines will have evolved from organic alien beings, and that humans will also make the transition from biological to mechanicalContinue reading “Astronomer Sir Martin Rees believes aliens have transitioned from organic forms to machines – and that humans will do the same.”

Welsh government responds in Klingon to UFO airport query

Klingon was the chosen language for the Welsh government in its response to queries about UFO sightings at Cardiff Airport. While English and Welsh are the usual forms of communications in the Senedd, it opted for the native tongue of the enemies of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk. Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar had asked forContinue reading “Welsh government responds in Klingon to UFO airport query”

NASA’s chief scientist says we’ll find aliens by 2025

During a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 7 NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan had some exciting news: “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,” Stofan said. However, Stofan and the team of panelistsContinue reading “NASA’s chief scientist says we’ll find aliens by 2025”

Life ‘not as we know it’ possible on Saturn’s moon Titan

Taking a simultaneously imaginative and rigidly scientific view, Cornell chemical engineers and astronomers offer a template for life that could thrive in a harsh, cold world – specifically Titan, the giant moon of Saturn. A planetary body awash with seas not of water, but of liquid methane, Titan could harbour methane-based, oxygen-free cells that metabolise,Continue reading “Life ‘not as we know it’ possible on Saturn’s moon Titan”

Mars Curiosity rover may have transported Earth bacteria to Mars

The NASA Curiosity rover that was thought to bring only cameras, sensors, and scientific equipment when it traveled to Mars in August 2012 may have brought along dozens of species of bacteria that originated on Earth, according to a new study. A study conducted by the American Society for Microbiology and published in the NatureContinue reading “Mars Curiosity rover may have transported Earth bacteria to Mars”

NASA discovers Kepler-186f, Earth-sized world in orbit that could support life

For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star. The discovery, announced on Thursday, is the closest scientists have come so far to finding a true Earth twin. The star, known as Kepler-186 and located about 500 light years away in the constellation Cygnus, isContinue reading “NASA discovers Kepler-186f, Earth-sized world in orbit that could support life”