This undated portrait courtesy of Lotem Loeb, shows her father Harvard University Professor Abraham Loeb in Lexington, Massachusetts Discovering there’s intelligent life beyond our planet could be the most transformative event in human history— but what if scientists decided to collectively ignore evidence suggesting it already happened? That’s the premise […]

In 2015, Russian-American billionaire Yuri Milner established Breakthrough Initiatives, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing space exploration. Central to this effort is Breakthrough Listen, a ten-year international research program dedicated to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and the largest and most sophisticated effort to find intelligent life beyond Earth to date. In the […]

An artist’s depiction of the JUICE spacecraft traveling through the Jupiter system. (Image: © ESA) One of the top priorities for scientists looking to find life beyond Earth is determining which icy worlds in the outer solar system hide massive global oceans under their frozen surfaces. And a European Space Agency (ESA) […]

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An artist’s concept of a subsurface ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech NASA is developing technology that could enable autonomous navigation for future underwater drones studying subsurface oceans on icy moons like Jupiter’s Europa. The agency is working on artificial intelligence (AI) that would allow submersibles […]

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The anomalous star KIC8462852 has baffled astronomerswith its erratic dimming, causing someto speculate that it’s orbited by a massive structure built by an extraterrestrial civilization. To help rule out that possibility, scientists searched for brief laser pulses from the distant star, but found none.“The hypothesis of an alien megastructure around […]