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The Full Palette of Photosynthesis
Topic: Alien Life
Researchers are collecting together data on photosynthetic pigments from Earth to help imagine the colors of life on other planets.

A New Strategy to Search for Aliens
Topic: Alien Life
Scientists have proposed a novel approach for detecting intelligent life beyond our solar system. The method focuses on monitoring nearby stars to search for interstellar communication devices.

Life May be Harder to Identify on Some Exoplanets
Topic: Alien Life
A new study suggests that finding life on an exoplanet may be more difficult than previously thought. The study focuses on the study of planets around M dwarf stars, which are very different from our own sun.

Apply Now to Be the Next Library of Congress Astrobiology Chair
Topic: Alien Life
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. The application deadline is December 1, 2013.

Detecting Biomarkers on Faraway Planets
Topic: Alien Life
Biomarkers have never been spotted in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, but a new generation of telescopes may be sensitive enough to detect them.

The Drake Equation Revisited: An interview with Sara Seager
Topic: Alien Life
In this interview, MIT scientist Sara Seager explains how a revised Drake equation could help people think about the odds of finding signs of life on a distant planet in the next decade.

Looking for Alien Lasers, One Photon at a Time
Topic: Alien Life
Prior attempts to look for alien laser signals concentrated on isolated and intense bursts of light. Now scientists are focusing on repetitive but much fainter laser signals received over a longer amount of time.

'Father of SETI' at NASA, John Billingham
Topic: Alien Life
John Billingham, former Chief of the Biotechnology Division at NASA Ames and a founder of the NASA SETI program, passed away on August 3rd. He was 83 years old.

Purple Bacteria on Earth Could Survive Alien Light
Topic: Alien Life
Scientists have found that purple bacteria from Earth can also survive in the presence of extreme 'alien' light simulated in the laboratory. The key to survival lies in how the light arrives at the organism.

In the Zone: How Scientists Search for Habitable Planets
Topic: Alien Life
A careful analysis of Kepler-69c indicates that the planet lies just outside the inner edge of the habitable zone around its host star. This means that Kepler 69c is probably more of a Super Venus than a Super Earth.

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