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Stories by Mario Livio

Churchill's Extraterrestrials

Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio writes in the journal Nature and talks to Scientific American about the recently rediscovered essay by Winston Churchill that analyzed with impressive scientific accuracy the conditions under which extraterrestrial life might exist.   

February 15, 2017 — Mario Livio and Steve Mirsky

Winston Churchill, Astrobiologist

In 1939, he wrote presciently about the possibilities of extraterrestrial life in a way modern scientists can admire

February 15, 2017 — Mario Livio and Nature

Dark Energy: No Answers but More Questions

Why is the expansion of the universe accelerating? After two decades of study the answer is as mysterious as ever, but the questions have become clearer

February 17, 2016 — Adam G. Riess and Mario Livio
If There Are Aliens out There, Where Are They?

If There Are Aliens out There, Where Are They?

Alien life, if it exists, could be as simple as bacteria or more complex than humans—and there are optimal strategies for searching for both

January 6, 2016 — Mario Livio and Joe Silk

Why Math Works

Is math invented or discovered? A leading astrophysicist suggests that the answer to the millennia-old question is both

August 2, 2011 — Mario Livio

Hubble's Top 10

As they wait for the space telescope to be serviced one last time, astronomers reflect on its discoveries over the past 16 years

July 1, 2006 — Mario Livio