Listen: Have aliens already visited us?

On this podcast episode, a former Harvard astronomer explains why he thinks aliens are more reality than fiction and why we need to be searching for them.

U. Chicago • futurity
May 7, 2021 ~3 min

Dust storms may shed light on life on Mars

The chemical reactions that dust storms on Mars cause indicate that our quest to find life on the red planet may need to go beneath the surface.

Shawn Ballard-Wash. U. in St. Louis • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~7 min

Could alien microbes make their way to Earth?

A new report digs into plans to protect our planet from alien microbes or cross-contamination from other worlds, also known as "planetary quarantine."

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

Jezero crater on Mars may harbor signs of life

River delta deposits in Mars' Jezero crater formed on and off for 400,000 years—long enough to record evidence of ancient life, new research shows.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~7 min

Team finds origins for building blocks of life

"We think we have found the building blocks of life—the Lego set that led, ultimately, to the evolution of cells, animals, and plants."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~4 min

Team finds origins for building blocks of life

"We think we have found the building blocks of life—the Lego set that led, ultimately, to the evolution of cells, animals, and plants."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~4 min

What exoplanets can tell us about Earth

"We don't only look at other planets to know what's out there. It's also a way for us to learn things about the planet that's under our own feet."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~10 min

The proto-Earth formed in a cosmic minute and a half

The proto-Earth formed surprisingly quickly, new research shows. The finding ups the chance of finding water and life on other planets.

Anders Buch-Larsen-Copenhagen • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~5 min

Volcanic eruptions might have given Earth its first oxygen

A new theory involving volcanoes may partly explain the appearance of the first oxygen on Earth 2.5 billion years ago, researchers say.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~7 min

Are we alone in the universe? This generation could finally find out

On this podcast episode, a planet hunter talks about our chances of finding alien life and other habitable worlds.

U. Chicago • futurity
Nov. 20, 2019 ~1 min

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