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‘Hycean’ exoplanets could be home to the alien life we’ve been searching for
Astronomers could detect the first hints of microbial life outside our solar system in just a few years.
NASA’s next Jupiter mission will hunt for life’s ingredients under Europa’s frozen shell
The Europa Clipper mission is set to launch in 2024 with a whole host of instruments.
The Arecibo Observatory collapsed this week. What now?
Reeling from a damaging astronomical loss, researchers contemplate how to adapt to a new reality.
Traces of life on Venus now seem dubious
Three new studies failed to find similar levels of phosphine, the life-hinting molecule.
Three ways scientists could search for life on Venus
The truth is out there. We just have to go get it.
There should be billions of Earths out there. Why can’t we find them?
A new estimate suggests the Milky Way is home to six billion Earth-like planets. So far, we’ve found just one potential candidate.
Yeast and E. coli can grow in conditions that might exist on alien planets
The microbes thrived in pure hydrogen conditions, suggesting alien microbes might as well.
Aliens used to keep our fear of extinction at bay—then we realized how alone we are
How a silent cosmos got us thinking about the future.
Oxygen might not lead us to aliens after all
A new study shows us why we may want to rethink how we search for extraterrestrial life.
Our first contact with aliens might be with their robots
Cyborgs, and interstellar probes, and AI.