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Alien hunters who listened to weird distant star share their findings

There's something around the star KIC 8462852 that seems so unnatural it's driven serious scientists to search for alien signals coming from the system.

By November 6, 2015


Alien hunters check mystery star for signs of E.T. or 'freaky' nature

Last week news broke of something strange orbiting a distant star, raising the remote possibility of an alien civilization. CNET's Eric Mack spoke with the SETI Institute to see how the search is going.

By October 23, 2015


Everything to know about the search for extraterrestrial life at a glance

A new infographic from Space.com details some of the highlights in our quest to know whether we're alone in the universe.

By October 21, 2015


The story behind 'alien megastructures' scientists may have found (but probably didn't)

A story that went viral this week reports that astronomers finally found E.T., but those aren't the facts. CNET's Eric Mack talks with the astronomers involved about what is still a very interesting star.

By October 17, 2015


What's in a dwarf planet? First Pluto findings from New Horizons

A massive team of researchers has published the first paper about Pluto based on data received during the New Horizons flyby.

By October 15, 2015


Russian billionaire patiently listens for alien sounds

Yuri Milner, who backed Facebook and Twitter, says his search for extraterrestrial life is in "listening mode."

By October 7, 2015


Watch an exoplanet orbit a distant star

Astronomers have obtained direct images of an exoplanet moving around a star 63 light-years from Earth.

By September 18, 2015


Saturn moon Enceladus is like a giant chocolate-covered cherry

A new analysis has NASA thinking differently about the ocean found beneath the icy crust of a Saturn moon.

By September 15, 2015


Stephen Hawking backs $100 million effort to find aliens

Technically Incorrect: Funded by billionaire Yuri Milner, the project will be listening very hard for alien noises, with Hawking and other scientists in support.

By July 20, 2015


Save the world using your PC or phone

By joining your machine to others around the world, you could help eradicate diseases or find alien life.

By July 17, 2015