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Sun of a b... Rising solar temp wrecks chances of finding ET in our system

The possibility of alien life on the icy planets and moons in our Solar System could be lower than previously thought, because any water on them will quickly vaporize, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience. Scientists believe that Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth largest moon, and Europa, Jupiter’s smallest Galilean moon, are …
Katyanna Quach, 31 Jul 2017
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Starlight-sifting boffins can now spot ALIEN LIFE LIGHT YEARS AWAY

Pics Boffins have made a breakthrough in the search for alien life with a new technique for determining the colours, chemical composition and even physical characteristics of exoplanets that are light years away. Chemical analysis progression of HR8799 planets Chemical analysis progression of HR8799 planets Credit: American …
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Billions of potentially populated planets in the galaxy

There are billions of habitable planets in the Milky Way where aliens could be having their tea right now, according to a new six-year study. "Our results show that planets orbiting around stars are more the rule than the exception. In a typical solar system approximately four planets have their orbits in the terrestrial zone …
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Exotic Russian rock CAME FROM OUTER SPACE

Atom-bothering boffins have proved that a crystal previously only found in labs also occurs naturally - in outer space. The scientists have found evidence that a 'quasicrystal' uncovered in Russia was actually part of a meteorite that fell to Earth rather than a material that was formed naturally on our home world. …
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NASA's nuclear laser tank will hunt down any life on Mars

While tales of UFOs and alien abductions are still being greeted with snorts of derision, NASA really is searching the skies for signs of extraterrestrial life, though it's not little green (or grey) men the agency is looking for, it's signs of life - most probably not above the microbial level - on Mars. The Red Planet has …
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We're searching for life, Jim, but not as we know it

Some of the world's top space boffins have proposed a new way to figure out the odds of finding life - but not as we know it - on another planet. The brainy bunch, composed of scientists from NASA, SETI, the German Aerospace Centre and four universities, suggested that so far our search for life in the universe has …
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Mars, Moon, solar system could be littered with alien artifacts

It's one of the top alien-related puzzlers: Given the vast number of stars out there, and the great age of the universe, if intelligent life other than ourselves exists even very uncommonly ... why haven't we met it yet? Surely, somewhere in the multitudes of other stars, at some remote juncture in the past, some alien …
Lewis Page, 10 Nov 2011
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NASA: Martians likely lived underground

If life ever existed on Mars, it's likely that its longest-lasting enclaves would be underground. "If surface habitats were short-term, that doesn't mean we should be glum about prospects for life on Mars," says Bethany Ehlmann, the lead author of a new NASA report on the Red Planet, "but it says something about what type of …
Rik Myslewski, 3 Nov 2011
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Boffins pull plug on SETI alien-seeking antenna array

The SETI Institute has put its renowned Allen Telescope Array into hibernation because it doesn't have the money to run the giant cluster of radio dishes that search the heavens for extraterrestrial life. The shuttering of the ATA was disclosed on Friday by scientists who said the project was unable to find the $5m infusion it …
Dan Goodin, 26 Apr 2011
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NASA has set the interwebs a-tremble with a teasing announcement to the global media that a news conference will be held in Washington DC on Thursday "to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life". The space agency's routine ploy of trailing major briefings in advance has …
Lewis Page, 30 Nov 2010
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NASA: Extraterrestrial sample holds ingredient for alien life

NASA boffins say that they have identified an amino acid, one of the key building blocks of Earth-style life, in material recovered from a comet far out in space. They say this supports the idea that life may be commonly found throughout the universe, and that they have eliminated the chance that the cometary sample has been …
Lewis Page, 18 Aug 2009
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'Alien' lifeform wakened from 120,000 year Arctic slumber

American scientists, showing the reckless disregard for the warnings implicit in quality science fiction that is so regrettably common in the boffinry community, have revived an ancient lifeform which has been slumbering beneath the Arctic ice pack for 120,000 years. To add insult to injury, the scientists believe that their …
Lewis Page, 15 Jun 2009
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Boffins develop interstellar alien ocean-spotting tool

Astronomy boffins say they have developed new techniques which could use the space telescopes of tomorrow to detect oceans on alien worlds orbiting other suns. Earth as seen from Voyager 1 some four billion miles away. Credit: NASA JPL Earth as an alien invasion/harvest fleet would see it. As all regular Reg readers will …
Lewis Page, 27 May 2009
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'Nanodiamond' asteroid tracked from space to desert impact

An international alliance of astronomers are exceedingly chuffed to announce the first occasion of an asteroid being tracked from space, through impact with the Earth's atmosphere and thence to recovery of fragments on the ground. "Any number of meteorites have been observed as fireballs and smoking meteor trails as they come …
Lewis Page, 26 Mar 2009
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Martian volcano could harbour hot underground pondlife

American astrogeologists believe that there may be pockets of liquid water trapped in sediment layers beneath the slopes of Olympus Mons - the titanic 15-mile-high Martian volcano, three times as high as Mount Everest. Such underground ponds or puddles might be home, they speculate, to strange alien lifeforms. Contour mapping …
Lewis Page, 5 Mar 2009
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Bebo users release interstellar spamgasm at Gliese 581

A large amount of information compiled by Bebo users has now been beamed into space, aimed at a planet thought particularly likely to harbour intelligent alien life. The interstellar Bebo dump, known as AMFE (A Message From Earth), contains all kinds of information from the Web 2.0 teenybopper nerd portal. There are pictures …
Lewis Page, 9 Oct 2008

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