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Mars rover makes ‘breakthroughs in astrobiology’

The latest evidence for methane and other organic chemicals on Mars isn’t the smoking gun for life on Mars that some folks may have been hoping for, but it gives astrobiologists much more to go on. Readings gathered by NASA’s … Continue reading

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New hints of water on Europa are found in old data

A closer look at magnetic and plasma wave readings from NASA’s now-defunct Galileo spacecraft firms up the evidence for claims that plumes of water periodically spray out from the surface of Europa, an ice-covered moon of Jupiter. Such claims have sparked … Continue reading

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Freeman Dyson’s brain is still going strong at 94

Alien megaspheres … rockets powered by nuclear bombs … freeze-dried life in outer space: These are just some of the ideas that have flowered in the brain of physicist Freeman Dyson, and he’s not done yet. Dyson, who turned 94 last … Continue reading

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Astrobiologist wins SETI Institute’s Drake Award

University of Washington astrobiologist Victoria Meadows has become the first woman to receive the SETI Institute’s Frank Drake Award, named after a pioneer in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Meadows directs UW’s graduate program in astrobiology and is the principal investigator for … Continue reading

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The clock’s ticking for effort to identify Martian life

STANFORD, Calif. — NASA has been looking for life on Mars for more than 40 years, but the quest could get a lot more complicated when earthly life arrives en masse, perhaps within the next decade. “There is a ticking clock … Continue reading

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Experts weigh hunt for unearthly life in solar system

STANFORD, Calif. — Are there microbes falling in the snows of Enceladus? Could a drone fly to biological hot spots on Titan? Is life floating in the sulfurous clouds of Venus? All those extraterrestrial locales — plus Mars and Europa — … Continue reading

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So what if we find alien life? Don’t panic!

AUSTIN, Texas — If extraterrestrial life exists, there’s a chance we’ll detect it sometime in the next 20 years. And then what? A recently published study suggests that most folks will take the news calmly, if they care at all. “How … Continue reading

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