Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence


How Paul Allen Saved the American Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

The Microsoft co-founder single-handedly revolutionized the American search for extraterrestrial intelligence at a time when no public institutions wanted to touch it.
Daniel Oberhaus
fermi paradox

If the Universe Is the Ocean, We've Only Searched for Aliens in a Hot Tub

Three Penn State researchers created a framework for determining how much of the universe we’ve looked at for signs of alien life.
Daniel Oberhaus

Scientists Design a ‘Template’ for Plant Life on Alien Worlds

“Once we figure out, or I hope we figure out, that we are not alone in the universe, the connection to the cosmos is just going to be even stronger.”
Becky Ferreira
warning signs

The Man Who Helped Design a 10,000-Year Nuclear Waste Site Marker

Astro-artist Jon Lomberg, a longtime friend and colleague of Carl Sagan, on protecting future humans from America’s atomic past.
Samuel Gilbert
The VICE Guide to the 2016 Election

We Asked Alien Experts Who They'd Want as President if UFOs Landed

The president of the United States normally has a lot of responsibility, but if aliens arrive, he or she could end up deciding the literal fate of humanity.
Mike Pearl

If We Want to Find Aliens, We Need to Save the Arecibo Telescope

Arecibo Observatory, the world's largest radio telescope and an alien hunter's best bet at finding extraterrestrial life, could lose its funding and shut down.
Daniel Oberhaus
The VICE Guide to the 2016 Election

An Alien Hunter’s Guide to the 2016 Election

We talked to UFO skeptics and scientists about what they're looking for in America's next president.
Daniel Oberhaus
The Real: X-Files

A Brief History of Scientists Searching for Extraterrestrial Life

There's still no sign of alien life, but that hasn't stopped researchers from looking for the past 50 years.
Daniel Oberhaus

Aliens in the Backyard: How Amateur Astronomers Will Help Find E.T.

Last week, a Russian billionaire pledged $100 million toward the search for intelligent alien life. Has the movement's moment finally come?
John Wenz

How's the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Going?

Dr. Ragbir Bhathal, who leads Australia's Optical SETI project, thinks if there is extraterrestrial life out there, we may be just a generation or two away from finding it.
Hannah Scholte

What Alien Hunters Plan to Buy With $100 Million

The importance of Yuri Milner's donation "can't be overstated," SETI Research director says.
John Wenz

Who Is the Russian Billionaire Who Just Pledged $100 Million to Find Alien Life?

Yuri Milner is a venture capitalist with a scientist’s heart.
Rachel Pick