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‘Weird life’ reveals science at work

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: December 29, 2010   View Article

The continuing controversy surrounding the announcement of strange bacteria deep in a California lake that can apparently survive on arsenic and even incorporate the element into its DNA is being held up as a shining example for how the scientific process works.

The latest to point this out are the folks at Real Climate, a blog on climate science — a discipline that is no stranger to controversy.

SETI: 50 years of searching for ET

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: April 26, 2010   View Article

Somewhere out there, alien civilizations might be communicating with each other. They might even be trying to contact us. Fifty years ago, this reasoning compelled astronomer Frank Drake to point a radio telescope at the stars and listen for chatter. He didn’t hear E.T. calling us, calling home, or calling anywhere else during his four-month-long experiment at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.Va., but the effort officially kicked off what is known as SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

UFO cases that generate buzz

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: January 18, 2010   View Article

UFO investigators see references to rocket ships, aliens and astronauts that go back to the days when humans first put chisel and paintbrush to rock. More than 6,000 years later, objects that are unidentified — at least at first — continue to appear in the skies and generate buzz.

6 signs that aliens might exist

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: December 11, 2008   View Article

Do aliens exist? Explore the evidence — from the scientifically plausible to the incredible — suggesting that we may not be alone in the universe.

Alien Life May Be “Weirder” Than Scientists Think, Report Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 6, 2007   View Article

Think life on Earth is weird? It might be even weirder on distant planets and moons, according to a new report.

Instead of thriving on water, extraterrestrial organisms might live in a sea of liquid methane. Or instead of getting energy from the sun, they might thrive on hydrochloric acid.

Distant Planets Could Have Plants of “Alien” Colors

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 12, 2007   View Article

Scientists may be able to determine the color of extraterrestrial plant life while studying distant planets, according to a pair of new studies.

Researchers have developed a way to analyze the light emitted by a given planet’s parent star and determine how that light interacts with various chemicals in the planet’s atmosphere.

New Alien-Life Search Aims to Eavesdrop on ETs

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 11, 2007   View Article

Do extraterrestrials sweep their skies with radar to scan for incoming missiles?

If so, Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, thinks he can find the radio signals leaked from warring alien civilizations.

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