Staring into the eyes of these bugs is like staring into an alien's soul

I didn’t expect it to be, but staring straight into the eyes of these fascinating bugs is chilling. The clear, close up shots of their heads and the incredible, foreign detail of their eyes and bodies makes them seem like they’re not a part of this world. I mean, you could totally convince me that these are aliens. » 4/24/15 10:03am Friday 10:03am

 A Scan Of 100,000 Galaxies Shows No Sign Of Alien Mega-Civilizations

A pioneering infrared scan of 100,000 galaxies by Penn State astronomers has failed to detect any signs of galaxy-spanning extraterrestrial supercivilizations. This result, though very preliminary, may be a sign that aliens aren't capable of conquering entire galaxies. » 4/15/15 1:17pm 4/15/15 1:17pm

NASA Chief Scientist Predicts We'll Find Signs Of Alien Life By 2025

Here's the full quote, as delivered by NASA Chief scientist Ellen Stofan at Tuesday's panel discussion on the Agency's search for habitable worlds and alien life: "I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30… » 4/07/15 11:16pm 4/07/15 11:16pm

An Alien Radio Beacon? Probably Not This Time.

For nearly a decade, astronomers have puzzled over powerful bursts of radio energy that seem to be hailing from billions of light years away. Recently, we received reports of a new wrinkle to this mystery: The bursts appear to follow a mathematical pattern, one that doesn’t line up with anything we know about cosmic… » 4/04/15 3:00pm 4/04/15 3:00pm

It's Time to Go Alien Hunting on Titan

Move over Europa, there's another moon out to claim the title of first place we'll discover extraterrestrial life. New research from Cornell University finds that alien microbes could, just maybe, eek it out on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. But these critters wouldn't be like anything we've ever seen before—not even… » 3/01/15 4:00pm 3/01/15 4:00pm

Which Religions Are Prepared to Accept Life in Space?

Assuming we don't blow ourselves up before then, colonizing other planets may be the last hope for the survival of humanity. Most of the preparation for this cosmic expansion has centered around solving the more immediate, physical problems of transporting our bodies into deep space, but what about our culture?… » 1/27/15 11:00am 1/27/15 11:00am

You'll Desperately Want To Climb Inside This Aliens Power Loader Figure

Like lightsabers and time-traveling DeLoreans, the Caterpillar P-5000 Powered Work Loader—or Power Loader for short—in Aliens is one of those props that ended up being the real star of the movie. Who wouldn't be excited to come to work every day if it involved piloting a robotic exoskeleton? So hats off to Hollywood… » 1/21/15 4:12pm 1/21/15 4:12pm

Bill Nye's Answer to Fermi Paradox: Be Patient

The Fermi Paradox is a question that stumps and fascinates scientists (and pretty much everyone else, let's be real.) The question, originally posed by Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, wonders at why there are theoretically so many habitable planets in the universe, but humanity has yet to make contact with any form of… » 12/28/14 11:04am 12/28/14 11:04am

Riding a motorcycle in this ice cave looks like exploring an alien world

Equal parts cool and eerie with a dash of unique and a sprinkle of out of this world, motorcycle rider Dougie Lampkin toured a hotel made entirely out of ice in Northern Finland on his bike. It's unlike the dirt hills and race tracks you're used to seeing motorcycles on and looks a lot more like an alien world. » 12/12/14 11:38pm 12/12/14 11:38pm

A Brief History of People Thinking Google's Loon Balloons Are UFOs

Some South African sheep got a nasty little surprise earlier this week when a Google-branded internet balloon came tumbling down from the heavens to say hello. The sheep are in good company, though. Because this happens—a lot. And fortunately for the conspiracy theorists among us, this means all the UFO fodder… » 11/21/14 9:40am 11/21/14 9:40am

Under the Skin Is Really Weird Sci-Fi Worth Watching

I like to think myself a connoisseur of science fiction film, or at the very least, a fan. I've seen the birth of the genre with George Méliès and Fritz Lang, enjoyed the black-and-white space tales that so often become MST3k fodder, and reveled in the several Philip K. Dick retellings. But I've never seen anything… » 11/16/14 9:00pm 11/16/14 9:00pm

Is It Time to Accept That We're Alone in the Universe?

We have yet to discover any signs of aliens, a troubling observation that has led to much speculation. One possible solution to the Great Silence is that nobody's out there. It's a conclusion that sounds impossible to believe, but there may be something to it. Here's why we may be alone in the universe. » 11/05/14 5:17pm 11/05/14 5:17pm

US Navy sailors inside an amphibious assault ship—or a lost Aliens scene

The US Navy sailors in this photo are directing a landing hovercraft "into the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge in the Atlantic Ocean, July 29, 2014." The scene is so cinematic that it could have been filmed onboard the USS Sulaco. It only needs some Power Loaders. » 8/04/14 9:40pm 8/04/14 9:40pm