Tagged: astrobiology

Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any) - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 27, 2017

Ian Crawford, UCL The search for life elsewhere in the universe is one of the most compelling aspects of modern science. Given its scientific importance, significant resources are devoted to this young science of astrobiology, ranging from rovers on Mars to telescopic observations of planets orbiting other stars. The holy grail of all this activity would be … Read More

Could life on an exoplanet spread to its neighbour? - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 04, 2015

David Rothery, The Open University Imagine two nearby exoplanets orbiting the same sun, each with its own indigenous civilisation. They’re going through history either as companionable neighbours or deadly rivals. This is a familiar situation in science fiction, but could it ever happen? With the rapidly growing number of habitable exoplanets being discovered, this scenario may seem … Read More

Fresh out: extraterrestrial life _not_ discovered! - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Dec 03, 2010

You can thank the rampant speculation caused by NASA’s press release for this blog post’s title1. [UPDATE: There’s now a lot of controversy over the paper, which a number of microbiologists says it’s not, um, terribly good…] Very, very tough little bacteria And the thing is, … Read More