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Extraterrestrial Life

Search heats up for life in space

The Square Kilometre Array seeks life forms. Photo: Reuters

It remains in the realm of science fiction for now but the discovery of a new planet just four light-years away will reignite a race to find a twin of planet Earth that may host extraterrestrial life.

Monday, 22 October, 2012, 3:28am

HK alien hunter says search can succeed within 20 years

A Hong Kong academic who has just been given a senior position in a global body that hunts for aliens in space says be believes the search will bear fruit within 20 years.

University of Hong Kong's dean of science, Professor Kwok Sun, made his prediction yesterday after being elected vice-president of the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) bioastronomy Commission 51.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:14am

World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles (film)

Take the robots from The Terminator, add the plot from Independence Day, throw in realistic battle scenes and you have World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

An invasion of silly cliches

Take the robots from The Terminator, add the plot from Independence Day, throw in cinema verite battle scenes and you have World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

outer space

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 According to Jim Sparks, what did the aliens ask him to do after they abducted him?

a. They forced him to teach them his language.

b. They forced him to learn their language.

c. They forced him to travel to their planet.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

A glimpse into Hawking's universe of possibilities

Nasa's Kepler space telescope is not yet halfway through a 31/2-year mission that may reveal whether there are stars with planets that could harbour life. So far it has found several new planets beyond our solar system, but much too hot for life as we know it.

28 Apr 2010 - 12:00am


Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence

Seti stands for Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence. It covers a range of activities. But rather than looking at the sky for UFOs, Seti looks out for radio transmissions. This is difficult because the sky is the universe - and that is a big place.

27 May 2009 - 12:00am

What secrets lurk in the plethora of planets?

The real wonder of our age is this: you can go onto the Web, type in 'PlanetQuest New Worlds Atlas', 'Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia', or 'Nasa Star and Exoplanet Database', and access the data on 340 new planets that have been discovered in the past five years.

12 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

reaching for the stars

He is famed in Hong Kong for helping design its contribution to space discovery - tools for the Mir space station and European Mars missions. Ng Tze-chuen recalls in our new weekly series the highs and lows of 30 years working with celebrated scientists, battling bureaucracy ... and being tailed by spies

14 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Not a bleep detected in the search for extraterrestrial life

The issue of aliens poses a quandary. You must ask which is more scary: Is it better to be totally alone in space, an inhabitant of a blue planet that has developed life through a freakish quirk of fate, or for there to be aliens out there?

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

Documentary replay plea

I am writing to ask TVB, through these columns, if it could show again the excellent science documentary titled, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

This documentary tells how astronomers are trying to make use of radio telescopes in the hope of receiving radio signals from extraterrestrial civilisations that may exist in our galaxy.

27 Aug 1998 - 12:00am


All the books here are written by masters of the multi-part tale - authors who can carry a story for three books or more and still have you avidly waiting for the next.

15 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Book reviews

THE Earth, life and all that, is seen through alien eyes and explored in a hilarious but informative series of books by Thompson Yardley. First titles include Give Me Air, Get Switched On and Mighty Microbes (Cassell, $68 each).

9 Oct 1993 - 12:00am