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  • First Contact: Life Beyond Earth

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    For over 100 years, we've been buzzing our planetary sirens, but in the end, the universe remains silent. The great silence, as it is often called, persists. Alien life seems to be exceedingly rare, or is it? So, where are the aliens? How do we contact an extraterrestrial civilization, and the better question is, should we even try?

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  • Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth | Marc Kaufman | Talks at Google

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    Marc Kaufman visits Google's San Francisco office to present his book FIRST CONTACT: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth. This event took place on May 27, 2011, as part of the Authors@Google series.

    In his riveting, game-changing book FIRST CONTACT: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth Marc Kaufman, The Washington Post science and space reporter, tells the incredible true story of science's search for the beginnings of life on Earth and the likelihood of it existing elsewhere in our universe. He has received amazing praise, a sampling is below, and the book is being embraced by the science community from NASA to the Smithsonian and the Natural History Museum.

    For decades, researchers assumed that the genesis of life was too delicate a process to exist anywhere other than Earth. But recent discoveries from microbes living in unimaginably inhospitable environments to new extra-solar planets point towards a day when the existence of extraterrestrial life will be confirmed. Kaufman takes readers around the globe, into space, and miles below Earth's surface to show how the search for life on other planets is changing the way humans think about their own history, what it means to be human, and what, exactly, life is. It is a complicated quest made simple: FIRST CONTACT is the first book to bring together cutting-edge developments across the many branches of science, from microbiology to geochemistry, physics, and astronomy, that are racing to verify what was once deemed impossible. Kaufman demystifies the rigorous science and advanced technology that is edging ever closer to the most important scientific discovery of our time.

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  • Is There Life Beyond Earth?

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    Scientists are leaping exponentially closer to finding life beyond Earth. Missions to Mars and Saturn’s moons are prime candidates for finding the first signs of life and NASA can now identify more than 3,500 planets outside our solar system, many with habitable temperatures. That number is quickly growing as space travel technology improves and probes head deeper into the galaxy.

    Nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson explores one of our civilization's most perplexing questions: Are we alone?

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  • LIFE BEYOND: Chapter 1. Alien life, deep time, and our place in cosmic history

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    Support this project on Patreon: | The biggest question of our time. Are we alone? Chapter 1 of this experience takes you to alien worlds and distant places in time and space, in search of where alien life might be hiding and what our place is within the history of life. After generations of wondering, the truth is finally within our reach. New research and technologies have brought us closer than ever to an answer - only a few decades in the eyes of some NASA scientists.

    The search has led to new discoveries that will blow your mind wide open and give a profound new perspective on human life. The deeper we look, the deeper we see into nature's imagination, and the more we learn about ourselves. I hope stewing on these thoughts tickles your brain as deeply as it does mine.

    In upcoming chapters of Life Beyond we will explore making contact with intelligent life, the potential physics of alien biology, how to survive the end of the universe, and more. Follow and support my creative journey on Patreon:

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    I wanted to follow up Timelapse of the Future with a more optimistic perspective of human life and our place in the history of the universe. We really do live in a privileged moment and we have a remarkable opportunity to shape the future. Finding alien life will contextualize our own existence, and open our eyes to what else nature has dreamt up beyond our ourselves, potentially bestowing huge breakthroughs in science, technology, and philosophy.

    Concept, music & visuals by Melodysheep
    Featuring the voices of Douglas Rain, David Christian, Michelle Thaller, Orson Welles, Andrew Siemion, Dan Werthimer, Avi Loeb, Ellen Stofan, and Lawrence Krauss.

    Additional visuals by Julius Horsthuis, Konstantin Kovalenko, NASA, Evolve

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  • First Contact with Aliens | Is Anybody Out There? | Spark

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    As the search for extraterrestrial life picks up speed, scientists ponder about First Contact and whether we should consider the ways in which we will communicate with Aliens.

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  • Is There Life Beyond Earth? – Sadhguru Answers

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    Are we alone in the universe? Sadhguru answers a question that has been bothering generations of stargazers and astrophysicists alike.

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  • LIFE BEYOND II: The Museum of Alien Life

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    What if there was a museum that contained every type of life form in the universe? This experience takes you on a tour through the possible forms alien life might take, from the eerily familiar to the utterly exotic, ranging from the inside of the Earth to the most hostile corners of the universe.

    New research is upending our idea of life and where it could be hiding: not just on Earth-like planets, where beings could mimic what our planet has produced, but in far flung places like the hearts of dead stars and the rings of gas giant planets. Nowhere in the universe is off limits.

    Only when we know what else is out there will we truly know ourselves. This thought experiment will give us a glimpse into what could be out there, how we might find it, and just how far nature’s imagination might stretch.

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    Concept, visuals, and score by melodysheep, aka John D. Boswell. Narrated by Will Crowley. Additional visuals by Lynn Huberty, Tim Stupak, NASA, and Evolve. Featuring soundbites from Nick Lane, Jonathan Losos, Caleb Scharf, Shawn Domagal-Goldman, Chris Crowe, Jack Cohen, and Jill Tarter.

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  • The Search For Life Beyond Earth

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    For half a century, researchers have been scanning the sky for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, so far to no avail. But with regular discoveries of new planets around distant stars, the universe seems to be more friendly to life by the day.

    Interviews with Jill Tarter and Laurance Doyle from SETI Institute, and Andrew Siemion from UC Berkeley SETI Research Center, also affiliated with SETI Institute.

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  • Life Beyond Earth, Part 3: Natalie Batalha | Nat Geo Live

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    Dr. Natalie Batalha, a Kepler Mission scientist, is using technology that is out of this world—and out of this solar system—to locate exoplanets, some of which could be Earth-like planets that may be hosts to extraterrestrial life.
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  • Stephen Hawkings Stark Warning for Humans to Leave Earth

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    In one of his final on-camera appearances, iconic physicist Stephen Hawking issued a warning to humanity about the existential threats we face and how our survival depends on colonizing another planet.

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  • First Contact - Marc Kaufman, Jill Tarter, Frank Drake, Seth Shostak

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    For untold centuries, people have looked to the distant skies in search of life -- be it God-like or heavenly, demonic or the whole gamut of bizarre extraterrestrials imagined. Today, for the first time in human history, science is getting close to answering the eternal question of what lies beyond, and the science is generally pointing in one direction That life is most likely a commonplace in the universe. Discoveries about the census and makeup of exoplanets, about the vast array of long-hidden extremophiles alive here in brutal environments that seem more extraterrestrial than Earthly, the presence of potentially biologically-produced methane on a Mars now known to have once been wet and warm, and the presence of complex carbon and other elements and compounds needed for life as we know it across the universe -- these discoveries and more have the field of astrobiology abuzz. No one factor makes the case that life exists, or once existed beyond Earth, but together they are making an ever-stronger case for extraterrestrial life. And if life exists elsewhere, what's to say it hasn't evolved into complex and intelligent beings?
    Marc Kaufman has been a ournalist for more than 35 years, working as a foreign correspondent, a magazine writer, a beat reporter and currently also as a national editor. His past decade-plus has been spent reporting and editing at the Washington Post, and before that he worked almost two decades at The Philadelphia Inquirer. His book, First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth, published by Simon & Schuster, is his first but hopefully not his last. He was graduated from Columbia College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Life Beyond Earth, Part 1: Linda Spilker | Nat Geo Live

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    Ten years after the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft first captured incredible images from Saturn and its moons, Cassini Project scientist, Dr. Linda Spilker, reflects on a decade's worth of discoveries and what those revelations mean for our search for life beyond Earth.
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  • First Alien Contact! Scene - ATTRACTION

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  • Colony Earth? Humanity after alien contact | Steve Pointing | TEDxAuckland

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    Steve has led an astrobiology research team collaborating with NASA for over a decade, and broadened his interests to consider the societal impacts of discovering life on other planets: How will this change our perception of humanity? What practical steps should we consider in preparation for this? Might we view the discovery of primitive and advanced alien life differently? What can we learn from our own historical interactions between first nation peoples and ‘alien’ colonists?

    Steve Pointing is Professor of Applied Ecology at Auckland University of Technology and director of the university’s Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand. He pioneered the use of molecular techniques to understand how simple microbes cling to life in extreme environments such as the icy deserts of Antarctica, boiling geothermal pools and lakes that are ten times more salty than the ocean. This led to interest from NASA astrobiologists, those who seek to understand if life could exist beyond Earth, since the harsh conditions mimic those encountered on the surface of other planets. Steve has led an astrobiology research team collaborating with NASA for over a decade, and broadened his interests to consider the societal impacts of discovering life on other planets: How will this change our perception of humanity? What practical steps should we consider in preparation for this?

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  • New Book Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

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    A Harvard professor says an alien visited in 2017 and more are coming

  • How Is NASA Contacting Aliens? | Alien Life Documentary | Spark

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  • NASA reports seeing the 1st confirmed alien object to enter Earths solar system

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    NASA: Scientists were surprised and delighted to detect --for the first time-- an interstellar asteroid passing through our solar system. Additional observations brought more surprises: the object is cigar-shaped with a somewhat reddish hue. The asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua by its discoverers, is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated—perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide. That is unlike any asteroid or comet observed in our solar system to date, and may provide new clues into how other solar systems formed.

  • Life Beyond Earth

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    Life Beyond Earth: Part I of the 2020 #UAScience lecture series #CatalystsOfChange
    Speakers: Chris Impey, Betül Kaçar

    After four billion years of life on Earth, one species is altering the planet to make it less habitable. That same species is also poised to leave the planet and live on other worlds. As we contemplate life off-Earth we’re also making rapid progress in our search for life beyond Earth. The lecture will look at the trajectory of life on Earth, and what our planet can tell us about the likelihood of life on the many exoplanets that are being discovered. It will address the most profound questions we can ask about our place in the universe: Are we alone? The search for life beyond Earth will inform how we live on this planet. As T.S. Eliot wrote: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

  • Clara Sousa-Silva: The fingerprints of life beyond Earth | TED

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    Is there life on Venus? Quantum astrochemist Clara Sousa-Silva makes the case for a new way to seek and possibly discover habitable planets -- and shares her research into a poisonous, smelly molecule that might signal life beyond Earth.

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  • Naked Science - Alien Contact

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    Just for a moment, imagine a universe awash with life, where we humans are not the only intelligent beings around. What might these alien races look like? Could we communicate with them, or even recognise them as intelligent? And what would they make of our violent and dangerous species? Might they take one look, and decide not to bother with such primitive beings? A planetary nursery filled with spiteful, galactic infants. On the other hand, in our imaginary scenario, they may enrich us with scientific knowledge beyond our imagination. Or could an encounter with aliens have a more destructive outcome? It could be a bad day for human kind. But relax, it’s just make believe, it could never happen, could it?

    A mysterious crash in Roswell, New Mexico during the 1940s convinced many that our planet is being visited by space aliens. Crop circles in Britain have only added fuel to the fire. Few scientists doubt that life indeed exists elsewhere, but some believe we're more likely to make contact via radio waves. Join the search for extra-terrestrials and hear from scientists who think we are on the verge of making contact.

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  • When will Alien Life be Found on Exoplanets?

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    How long will it be before we find alien life on exoplanets? Exoplanet astronomer Dr. Ryan MacDonald explains how biosignatures can be found in exoplanet atmospheres. He also reveals how the discovery of the first close-in planet around a white dwarf could dramatically accelerate the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system with the James Webb Space Telescope.

    ***** Chapters *****

    0:00 - Introduction
    1:15 - Worlds Beyond Earth
    2:26 - Early Exoplanet Discoveries
    4:10 - Transiting Exoplanets
    5:26 - Transmission Spectroscopy
    6:24 - Exoplanet Atmospheres
    9:15 - The James Webb Space Telescope
    10:33 - Signatures of Life on Earth
    14:57 - Exoplanet Biosignatures
    16:34 - The Small Star Opportunity
    17:52 - Case Study: TRAPPIST-1
    19:44 - When Stars Die
    20:51 - White Dwarfs
    22:27 - The Discovery of WD 1856b
    24:04 - Earth-like Planets Around White dwarfs
    25:10 - The White Dwarf Opportunity

    ***** Animations and media *****

    Most animations and graphics used here were produced by NASA, ESA, and ESO. Special thanks to Jack Madden for producing the renders of an Earth-like planet around a white dwarf.

    ***** Music *****

    All credit to Aakash Gandhi for creating the two inspirational tracks included in this video and for releasing them into the public domain.

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    ● 'Revealing the Nature of Exoplanetary Atmospheres' (my PhD thesis):


    ● 'The Astrobiology Primer v2.0':


    ● 'How to Characterize Habitable Worlds and Signs of Life':

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    ● 'Exoplanet Biosignatures: A Review of Remotely Detectable Signs of Life':


    ● 'The White Dwarf Opportunity: Robust Detections of Molecules in Earth-like Exoplanet Atmospheres with the James Webb Space Telescope':

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    ● 'A giant planet candidate transiting a white dwarf':

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  • NASA Science Live: Modern-Day Explorers Search for Life Beyond Earth

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    Is there life beyond Earth? NASA has been sending spacecraft to the far reaches of our solar system in search of an answer. But extreme forms of life on our own planet might reveal secrets of how life could form beyond Earth. Meet two NASA women who have ventured on remote expeditions and traversed Earth’s most extreme landscapes in the name of science and astrobiology. Send in your questions using #askNASA on Wednesday, March 31 at 3:00 p.m. EST, and tune in to hear from host and science communicator Kellie Gerardi.
     
    Dr. Darlene Lim blends her field science research with future human-robotic spaceflight concepts to the Moon and Mars. She’s gone for runs on 6 out of the 7 continents on Earth. 
     
    Dr. Jackie Goordial looks for life in extreme environments to understand its limits, and where and how we could find life beyond Earth. Despite doing research at sea for weeks, she still gets very seasick and didn’t learn how to swim until later in life.

  • The Search for Primitive and Intelligent Life on Other Planets

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    Professor Abraham (Avi) Loeb, chair of the Astronomy department, Harvard University.
    Are we alone? Probably not, out of modesty - keeping in mind that about a quarter of all stars host a habitable Earth-size planet. Upcoming searches for primitive life will aim to detect oxygen or methane in the atmospheres of transiting planets. Searches for intelligent life will aim to detect artificial signals in the radio or optical bands, as well as artifacts such as megastructures, solar cells that are used to re-distribute light and heat on tidally-locked planets, industrial pollution or artificial light beams. Our own civilization is starting to study the feasibility of interstellar travel using a powerful laser beam pushing on a lightweight sail, the so-called Starshot Initiative. If successful, we might receive a signal from outer space stating: welcome to the interstellar club!.

  • Life Beyond Earth, Part 2: Kevin Hand | Nat Geo Live

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    In the search for life beyond Earth, planetary scientist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand looks to the ocean worlds of our solar system, like Jupiter's icy moon, Europa.
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  • Are There Aliens on Venus? | Planet Explorers | BBC Earth

    7:04

    Venus is hell – it’s a toxic, overheated, crushing hellscape where nothing can survive. Every rover ever sent has melted. But Dr Clara Sousa-Silva thinks she has found evidence of life up in the clouds. It’s a game-changer in the search for alien life.

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  • Life Beyond Earth: Venice Biennale lunar habitat

    4:08

    A detailed concept for a lunar habitat, created by one of the world’s leading architectural firms with ESA technical support, is currently on show at the Biennale in Venice. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, originator of many of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, worked with ESA on a semi-inflatable habitat design which could be part of a long-term vision for an international Moon settlement.

    The resulting design is on show at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (@BiennaleChannel). While the theme of the overall exhibition is ‘How will we live together?’, the SOM installation is called ‘Life Beyond Earth’, peering beyond our post-COVID-19 planet to show how human life can be sustained in the hostile space environment.
    The installation encompasses two large-scale, physical models and this film, bringing Biennale visitors on a journey from Earth to the Moon’s surface.

    SOM designed a semi-inflatable shell structure to offer the highest possible volume to mass ratio. Once inflated on the lunar surface, it would reach approximately double its original internal volume.

    A lot of work went into the four-storey habitat interior, in terms of lighting conditions, reconfigurable features, and a high floor to ceiling space, to allow crew members to take advantage of lunar one-sixth g using grabbing bars and other simple aids.

    Its chosen site has been described as the most desirable real estate in the Solar System: the rim of Shackleton crater beside the lunar South Pole. Avoiding the crippling temperature extremes of the Moon’s two-week days and nights, this location offers near-continuous sunlight for solar power, an ongoing view of Earth and access to lunar water ice deposits in adjacent permanently-shadowed craters.

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  • Finding Life Beyond Earth - Official Trailer

    2:51

    Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone? Take a spectacular trip to distant realms of our solar system to discover where secret forms of life may lie hidden. Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling animation, this program immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system. #FindingLifeBeyondEarth

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  • Avi Loeb - Extraterrestrial:The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

    3:22

    Abraham (Avi) Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University. He received a PhD in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel at age 24 (1980-1986), led the first international project supported by the Strategic Defense Initiative (1983-1988), and was subsequently a long-term member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1988-1993). Loeb has written 8 books, including most recently, Extraterrestrial (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021), and about 800 papers (with an h-index of 112) on a wide range of topics, including black holes, the first stars, the search for extraterrestrial life and the future of the Universe. He had been the longest serving Chair of Harvard's Department of Astronomy (2011-2020), Founding Director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative (2016-present) and Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (2007-present) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics . He serves as Chair of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies (2018-present) and is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics. Loeb is a former member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) at the White House and a member of the Advisory Board for Einstein: Visualize the Impossible of the Hebrew University. He also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative (2016-present) and serves as the Science Theory Director for all Initiatives of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. In 2012, TIME magazine selected Loeb as one of the 25 most influential people in space and in 2020 Loeb was selected among the 14 most inspiring Israelis of the last decade. Click here for Loeb's commentaries on innovation and diversity

  • How Venus Fits Into the Search for Life Beyond Earth | WSJ

    4:02

    NASA is planning two missions to Venus to assess if the now-toxic planet once had an ocean, continents and life. Scientists are beginning the effort on Earth by training sensors and machine learning systems to analyze the building blocks of our own planet. Photo illustration: Laura Kammermann

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  • Why Cant We See Evidence of Alien Life?

    6:04

    Stand by for an animated exploration of the famous Fermi Paradox. Given the vast number of planets in the universe, many much older than Earth, why haven't we yet seen obvious signs of alien life? The potential answers to this question are numerous and intriguing, alarming and hopeful.

  • Was Earth visited by intelligent life? Astrophysicist Avi Loeb believes it was

    22:07

    Avi Loeb is a theoretical physicist in the fields of astrophysics and cosmology. He is also the author of the best-selling book, “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth. In this episode, Loeb explains why the interstellar object known as Oumuamua could be evidence of alien technology.


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  • A Planet for Goldilocks: NASAs Search for Evidence of Life Beyond Earth with Dr. Natalie Batalha

    30:48

    This NASA astrophysicist is the former project scientist for NASA’s ambitious Kepler Mission – the undertaking that has focused on searching for potentially habitable planets orbiting other stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

    The 2018 X-STEM Symposium, sponsored by NCR, NBC4 & PwC took place on April 5th at the Washington, DC Convention Center. X-STEM is an annual event created by Science Spark and is geared towards students in grades 6-12.

  • Extraterrestrial—The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth by Avi Loeb

    5:00

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    Extraterrestrial
    The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth
    By: Avi Loeb
    Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    Length: 7 hours 7 minutes
    Description

    “Provocative and thrilling ... Loeb asks us to think big and to expect the unexpected.”—Alan Lightman, New York Times bestselling author of Einstein’s Dreams and Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine

    Harvard’s top astronomer lays out his controversial theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star. In late 2017, scientists at a Hawaiian observatory glimpsed an object soaring through our inner solar system, moving so quickly that it could only have come from another star. Avi Loeb, Harvard’s top astronomer, showed it was not an asteroid; it was moving too fast along a strange orbit, and left no trail of gas or debris in its wake. There was only one conceivable explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization. In Extraterrestrial, Loeb takes readers inside the thrilling story of the first interstellar visitor to be spotted in our solar system. He outlines his controversial theory and its profound implications: for science, for religion, and for the future of our species and our planet. A mind-bending journey through the furthest reaches of science, space-time, and the human imagination, Extraterrestrial challenges readers to aim for the stars—and to think critically about what’s out there, no matter how strange it seems.

  • Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

    55:43

    Christopher D. Impey, University Distinguished Professor, Astronomy
    One question rises above all others when it comes to our place in a vast and ancient Universe, 'Are we alone?' With a billion habitable locations in the Milky Way galaxy, and more than ten billion years for biological experiments to play out, a search for intelligent life beyond Earth is well-motivated. Unfortunately, the single example of life on Earth gives no clear indication of whether intelligence is an inevitable or an extremely rare consequence of biological evolution. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, is more appropriately called the search for extraterrestrial technology. So far, the search for intelligent aliens by their electromagnetic communication has met with half a century of stony silence. It's challenging to define life, and even more difficult to make general definitions of intelligence and technology. We'll look at the premises and assumptions involved in the search, the strategies used, and the profound consequences of making contact.

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  • Astrobiology: The Search for Life Beyond Earth | Marta Filipa Cortesão | TEDxUniversityOfPorto

    8:49

    What other environments are there in our solar system and beyond? Could they support life? What would that life look like? In this talk Marta tells us more about the science of Astrobiology and what we can expect in the next space missions to Mars or Jupiter´s moon Europa.

    Marta is passionate about Astrobiology and science outreach. Holding a masters degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Faculty of Science of the University of Porto, she did her master thesis at the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) in Madrid. Currently she is doing a PhD in Space Microbiology at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne.

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

  • Life Beyond 3: Official Trailer

    2:33

    Support this film on Patreon: | Who are the masters of the universe? Is there other intelligent life out there? What could they be like? How can we find them? And what would happen if we did?

    For 60 years now, we have combed the skies in search of a signal, to no avail. But recent theories and research are pointing us in thrilling new directions. There is still much we don't know, but if we get lucky, it wouldn't just change history. It would change our future as a species.

    Life Beyond 3 drops this December. Hold on to your butts.

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  • How Is The Search For Alien Life Going?

    7:14

    Bloomberg tech editor Nate Lanxon sat down with Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute Dr Pamela L Gay to discuss who will make first contact with extraterrestrial life and unpack whether some of the fundamental things we believe about the universe are correct.

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  • The Search for Life and Intelligence Beyond Earth with Bill Diamond, presented at the Greenwich GMA

    1:8:07

    Bill Diamond is the President and CEO of the SETI Institute. Join Bill for a journey of ultimate discovery as he gives an overview the SETI Institute's mission.

  • To Explore, We Must Risk Failure | Douglas Vakoch | TEDxBreckenridge

    16:20

    What if every advanced civilization is listening and not transmitting? Reaching out takes courage, and exploration requires standing up for what we want in our lives (even if it disappoints other people). Maybe we’ll find out that we are that long-lived civilization that we’ve been looking for.

    Dr. Douglas Vakoch is an astrobiologist—a scientist who searches for evidence of life beyond Earth. He is president of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence), a research organization in San Francisco that transmits powerful, intentional radio signals to nearby stars in the hope of eliciting replies from advanced civilizations. He is also a clinical psychologist and director of Green Psychotherapy, PC, a Northern California psychological practice, as well as professor emeritus of clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. This talk was given at a local TEDx event at TEDxBreckenridge in Breckenridge, CO, and was produced independently of the TED Conferences. Learn more at  Dr. Douglas Vakoch is an astrobiologist—a scientist who searches for evidence of life beyond Earth. He is president of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence), a research organization in San Francisco that transmits powerful, intentional radio signals to nearby stars in the hope of eliciting replies from advanced civilizations. He is also a clinical psychologist and director of Green Psychotherapy, PC, a Northern California psychological practice, as well as professor emeritus of clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Vakoch’s work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times and TIME magazine. As a science popularizer, he has appeared in numerous documentaries on networks ranging from ABC to the BBC, with recent interviews on PBS’s NOVA Wonders, the Science Channel’s NASA’s Unexplained Files, and the History Channel’s In Search Of with Zachary Quinto. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

  • Life Beyond Earth, Part 4: Penelope Boston | Nat Geo Live

    17:24

    Speleologist Penelope Boston studies bizarre life-forms in the deepest crevices of our home planet to understand what life might look like in harsh, extraterrestrial environments.
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  • Exoplanets and the quest for life beyond Earth | David Ehrenreich | TEDxYouth@IIL

    17:42

    David Ehrenreich is an Associate Professor at the Université de Genève. He is studying the atmospheres of exoplanets—planets outside our Solar System—in order to understand how planets form, evolve as he looks for traces of life.
    He obtained his PhD in astrophysics in 2007 from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris), after a Masters of astrophysics at the same university (2004) and a Masters in engineering at the EPF engineering school in Sceaux (2002). He has been working at the Observatoire (Department of astronomy) of the Université de Genève in Versoix since 2012. Furthermore, he is also working on the detection of exoplanets from space: he serves as Mission Scientist of the CHEOPS space telescope.
    In his talk, David approaches the planets in a different way. He tells us the tale of how life can be found beyond earth and does so whilst showing some captivating stellar views.
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  • Extraterrestrial Life - Avi Loeb

    1:31:00

    A Reno Family Foundation Symposium
    Extraterrestrial Life with Avi Loeb, PhD
    Monday October 16th, 2019
    Museum of Science, Boston

    Are we the Universe’s only children and our thoughts its only thoughts? Given that a quarter of all stars host a habitable Earth-size planet, it would be arrogant to think we are. Upcoming searches will look for intelligent life on planets outside the Solar System through industrial pollution in their planetary atmospheres and space archaeology of debris from dead civilizations. Our own civilization is exploring interstellar travel. If successful, we might receive a signal from outer space stating: “welcome to the interstellar club!” Or we may receive a “message in a bottle,” implying that we should examine carefully any unusual object that arrives from outside the Solar System, such as `Oumuamua. Join superstar astronomer Avi Loeb to consider extraterrestrial life and how ‘Oumuamua might be a probe sent by an alien civilization.

    Join superstar astronomer Avi Loeb to consider extraterrestrial life and how ‘Oumuamua might be a probe sent by an alien civilization.

    Funding provided by the Reno Family Foundation Fund. This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

  • How the Discovery of Life Beyond Earth will Transform Our Thinking

    1:8:18

    Steven Dick discusses his year of research on astrobiology at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in his final lecture as chair.

    Speaker Biography: Steven Dick is the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.

    For transcript, captions, and more information, visit

  • Pandora: First Contact Trailer Long

    2:43



    Developed by Proxy Studios ( Pandora: First Contact is a science fiction 4X turn-based strategy game on a planetary scale -- a spiritual successor to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri.

    In the future, factions have risen up from opportunities and ideologies independent of governments. Private corporations and religious movements have started wars over greed, ideology and power. Many have died and many lands lay in ruin. Planet Earth has been exhausted and colonial attempts on other planetary bodies have been in vain.

    Finally, after decades of exploration, an interstellar probe has brought promise of a new world many light-years away. The most powerful factions have gathered their best men and women to send on a long journey to Pandora. Far from desolate, the earth-like planet has been found to host a plethora of indigenous life forms. While the gigantic monstrosities inland and at the oceans seem relatively calm, human-sized bugs and fungus are threatening to stop mankind's expansion.

    As the various factions strive to take control, each will research and develop numerous new technologies, discovering new weapons and industry, whilst opening trade agreements and forging alliances with other factions to gain a foothold.
    As they spread, they will discover ancient ruins and artifacts from alien civilizations that will grant them advantages over their rivals.

    Features:

    Explore a new world harboring a variety of eco-regions, from the frozen ice lands of the north, to vast deserts and lush tropical forests in the south.

    Survive encounters with the planet's dangerous wild life. Deadly swarms walk the lands and agile predators fly in the skies. There is even talk of a giant creature in the oceans.

    Live in harmony with nature or use it to further your cause. The indigenous life will react to your actions and treat you accordingly.

    Discover ruins and artifacts, the relics of an ancient alien civilization long forgotten that can give you an edge against the planet life and other rivaling factions.

    Found new cities to expand the borders of your empire. Manage cities by adjusting the tax rate, choosing production and assigning colonists to jobs.

    Operate a fully globalized and pooled resource and growth system. Specialize one city to harvest minerals while churning out units in another.

    Adapt your empire to pressing demand. Your colonists will migrate between cities based on factors such as pollution and living space.

    Construct farms, mines, forts, and other improvements to increase the productivity of your colonies or to fortify positions.

    Progress through a vast randomized research tree spanning dozens of technologies providing operations, buildings, units, weapons, and more.

    Negotiate trade and research pacts with other factions for mutual benefits. Forge alliances to stand united against common foes.

    Design your own units by choosing from a range of different classes, armors, weapons, and devices to maximize the strength of your forces.

    Command vast armies across the battlefield against enemy factions, making use of the variety of terrain types to gain an advantage.

    Unleash hell on your opponents with powerful military operations, ranging from drop pods behind enemy lines to black hole generators eradicating entire landscapes.

    Prove yourself in multiplayer with friends or strangers and discover entirely new strategies.

    Customize your experience through easily moddable XML data and well-known image and audio formats.

  • Star Trek First Contact - Vulcans First Contact with Earth

    3:34

    In this scene we see the Vulcan's land on earth and initiate first contact with Earth after witnessing the first Warp Flight made by Zefram Cochran.

  • What Would First Contact Be Like? - Offworld Episode 11

    19:53

    This week, we discuss the trope of first contact with alien life as portrayed in science fiction films, and the many ways in which the discovery of extraterrestial intelligence is portrayed. Joining us for this lively conversation is Dr. Seth Shostak, the Senior Astronomer for the SETI Institute!

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    Developed by Proxy Studios ( Pandora: First Contact is a science fiction 4X turn-based strategy game on a planetary scale -- a spiritual successor to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri.

    In the future, factions have risen up from opportunities and ideologies independent of governments. Private corporations and religious movements have started wars over greed, ideology and power. Many have died and many lands lay in ruin. Planet Earth has been exhausted and colonial attempts on other planetary bodies have been in vain.

    Finally, after decades of exploration, an interstellar probe has brought promise of a new world many light-years away. The most powerful factions have gathered their best men and women to send on a long journey to Pandora. Far from desolate, the earth-like planet has been found to host a plethora of indigenous life forms. While the gigantic monstrosities inland and at the oceans seem relatively calm, human-sized bugs and fungus are threatening to stop mankind's expansion.

    As the various factions strive to take control, each will research and develop numerous new technologies, discovering new weapons and industry, whilst opening trade agreements and forging alliances with other factions to gain a foothold.
    As they spread, they will discover ancient ruins and artifacts from alien civilizations that will grant them advantages over their rivals.

    Features:

    Explore a new world harboring a variety of eco-regions, from the frozen ice lands of the north, to vast deserts and lush tropical forests in the south.

    Survive encounters with the planet's dangerous wild life. Deadly swarms walk the lands and agile predators fly in the skies. There is even talk of a giant creature in the oceans.

    Live in harmony with nature or use it to further your cause. The indigenous life will react to your actions and treat you accordingly.

    Discover ruins and artifacts, the relics of an ancient alien civilization long forgotten that can give you an edge against the planet life and other rivaling factions.

    Found new cities to expand the borders of your empire. Manage cities by adjusting the tax rate, choosing production and assigning colonists to jobs.

    Operate a fully globalized and pooled resource and growth system. Specialize one city to harvest minerals while churning out units in another.

    Adapt your empire to pressing demand. Your colonists will migrate between cities based on factors such as pollution and living space.

    Construct farms, mines, forts, and other improvements to increase the productivity of your colonies or to fortify positions.

    Progress through a vast randomized research tree spanning dozens of technologies providing operations, buildings, units, weapons, and more.

    Negotiate trade and research pacts with other factions for mutual benefits. Forge alliances to stand united against common foes.

    Design your own units by choosing from a range of different classes, armors, weapons, and devices to maximize the strength of your forces.

    Command vast armies across the battlefield against enemy factions, making use of the variety of terrain types to gain an advantage.

    Unleash hell on your opponents with powerful military operations, ranging from drop pods behind enemy lines to black hole generators eradicating entire landscapes.

    Prove yourself in multiplayer with friends or strangers and discover entirely new strategies.

    Customize your experience through easily moddable XML data and well-known image and audio formats.

  • Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to Finding Life Beyond Earth

    2:56:22

    Kluge Center Astrobiology Chair Steven Dick convenes scientists, historians, philosophers and theologians from around the world for a two-day symposium at the Library of Congress to explore how we prepare to face new knowledge that may challenge our very conceptions of life and our place in the universe. Day 1/morning speakers included Mary Voytek, Hon. Lamar Smith, Seth Shostak, Clement Vidal, Iris Fry, Carol Cleland, Dirk Schulze Makuch, Lori Marino, Carlos Mariscal, John Traphagan and Douglas Vakoch.

    For transcript, captions, and more information, visit

  • Astrobiology, Exoplanets, and the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth

    1:15:42

    SPECIAL EVENT
    A presentation by author and Washington Post science writer Marc Kaufman, followed by a discussion with Carnegie planet-hunter Paul Butler. Recent discoveries have convinced many astronomers that our galaxy is home to billions of exoplanets and that other galaxies have hundreds of billions more. The search is now on for distant planets in habitable zones, where water is sometimes liquid and the possibilities for life are greatest. With a scientific consensus forming that these potentially life-sustaining planets also number in the billions, the logic for the existence of extraterrestrial life grows stronger all the time.

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