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Leading Scientist Says NASA Close to Knowing Whether Alien Life Exists (Video)

One of NASA's top scientists told members of Congress that the space agency is on the "cusp" of knowing whether life exists outside of Earth. (AOL Screenshot)
One of NASA's top scientists told members of Congress that the space agency is on the "cusp" of knowing whether life exists outside of Earth. (AOL Screenshot)

In a bold prediction, one of the world’s leading scientists claims NASA is close to discovering whether alien life truly exists.  Dr. John Grunsfeld, the...




  • NASA scientists are intrigued about a strange feature on Pluto’s largest moon Charon that one member has described as "a large mountain sitting in a moat." (AOL Screenshot)

    Mysterious ‘Mountain Sitting in a Moat’ Spotted on Pluto’s Moon (Video)

    Of the many images that were taken by New Horizons recently, a photo of Pluto’s largest moon Charon reveals a particularly unusual area. “The most... Read more

  • Two astronomers examining the findings of Philae and its mother ship Rosetta say there's compelling evidence that the comet is hosting microbial life. (AOL Screenshot)

    Astronomers Say Comet 67P May be Home to Microbial Life (Video)

    When the exploratory craft Philae landed on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it sparked a sense of wonder and imagination among many. Astronomers Chandra Wickramasinghe... Read more

  • Scientists discovered how modern day elephants differ from mammoths by resurrecting a mammoth gene. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Resurrect Mammoth Gene to See How They Differed From Elephants (Video)

    You know how in “Jurassic Park” scientists take dinosaur blood from a prehistoric mosquito preserved in amber to clone the dead-and-gone giants back into existence? Not to alarm... Read more

  • Astronomers have been observing the recent activity of V404 Cygni, a system consisting of a black hole and companion star, which had been dormant for the past 26 years. (AOL Screenshot)

    Black Hole in Milky Way Wakes Up After 26 Years (Video)

    In space, a dormant system can reactivate at any time, even after decades of inactivity. One recent example is the reawakening of the V404 Cygni... Read more

  • A team sanctioned by the Italian government has located the remains of a well-preserved 2,000-year old Roman shipwreck carrying a load of terracotta roof tiles. (AOL Screenshot)

    2,000-Year Old Roman Shipwreck Found Near Sardinia (Video)

    The bottom of the sea contains many remnants from the past, and one piece of the history it holds has recently been located. A Roman... Read more

  • A hologram of a child's head projected onto industrial smog (Design Boom/Handsome Wong)

    A Company Put Holograms of Baby Heads In Smog To Sell Air Purifiers (Video)

    It’s no secret that China has a pollution problem: the air is unbreatheable, the rivers are toxic, and conditions have deteriorated to the point where... Read more

  • Space X's Falcon 9 rocket launches on January 10, 2015 as it heads to space from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. ( BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch This GoPro Footage of a SpaceX Rocket Falling Back to Earth

    The internet archives abound with videos of space rocket launches and shots of the interior of the International Space Station. What’s been missing were videos... Read more

  • Round natural pearls are rarely found in nature. So when archaeologists uncovered a 2000-year-old near-round pearl on the north Kimberly coast of Western Australia, they described it as 'irreplaceable.' (AOL Screenshot)

    Archaeologists Uncover Rare 2,000-Year-Old Pearl (Video)

    Round natural pearls are rarely found in nature. So when archaeologists from the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the University of New England (UNE) uncovered... Read more

  • Researchers have made a breakthrough in understanding exactly how ancient dinosaurs evolved into modern birds. (AOL Screenshot)

    How the Beak is Providing a Breakthrough in Bird Evolution (Video)

    If you want to get the most realistic look at some dinosaurs this summer, your best bet really isn’t “Jurassic World.” No, your best bet... Read more

  • A BBC documentary shows scientists revealing that most of the 800 ancient Egyptian animal mummies they scanned do not contain full skeletons; in fact, many contain no animal remains at all. (AOL Screenshot)

    Many Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies Have Little To No Skeletal Remains (Video)

    Thanks to technology, scientists now know that around two-thirds of more than 800 animal mummies from ancient Egypt do not contain full animal skeletons. In... Read more

  • According to a recently published paper, paleontologists in China have discovered a new species of bird that is dated to be around 130.7 million years old and represents the earliest known ancestor to modern birds. (AOL Screenshot)

    Modern Birds’ Oldest Known Ancestor Found in China (Video)

    The oldest known bird species from which all current ones have descended has been found in China. It is estimated to have lived approximately 130.7... Read more

  • According to a recently published study, 60% of the world's largest terrestrial herbivores are facing extinction. (AOL Screenshot)

    60% of World’s Largest Herbivores Facing Extinction (Video)

    According to a recently published study, many large wild herbivores are facing extinction. The study, led by Professor William Ripple of Oregon State University, covered... Read more

  • Milky way (Matipon Tangmatitham via NASA.gov)

    Our Ancestors Saw This Every Night—Now We’re Shocked at the Rare Sight

    Light pollution is an environmental hazard not often discussed alongside the other hazards produced by our modern lifestyle. Yet it is depriving us of an... Read more

  • Paleontologists have recently announced the discovery of a new winged dinosaur in China named “Yi qi” meaning “strange wing”; it is estimated to be around 160 million years old. (AOL Screenshot)

    Winged Dinosaur Discovered in China (Video)

    Despite the numerous dinosaur discoveries that have been made, paleontologists continue to unearth new species. Now, a  winged dinosaur  found in China has been added... Read more

  • Antarctica is a cold, largely barren place, but researchers report they have come upon a previously unknown place on the frozen continent that may be teeming with life. (AOL Screenshot)

    Microbial Life May Exist in Newly Discovered Waters Below Antarctic Surface (Video)

    Researchers report they have come upon a previously unknown place on Antarctica that may be teeming with life. They’ve discovered that salty water exists beneath the surface... Read more

  • A mysterious, glowing object was spotted in the sky over Bakersfield, California. Some wonder if this was a UFO sighting. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mysterious Glowing Object Seen in California Sky (Video)

    A mysterious, glowing object was spotted in the sky over Bakersfield, California. Some wonder if this was a UFO sighting.…... Read more


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