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Opinion Essays by Avi Loeb   (in reverse chronological order)      Harvard logo

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*"Announcing a New Plan for Solving the Mystery of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena", Scientific American (July 26, 2021)

*"When Will We Get a Response?", Scientific American (July 26, 2021)

*"How to Tell if Extraterrestrial Visitors Are Friend or Foe?", Scientific American (July 12, 2021)

*"Getting a Megapixel Image of UAP", Scientific American (July 5, 2021)

*"How Humanity Can Earn the Respect of Extraterrestrials", Scientific American (July 3, 2021)

*"Why is Anomalous Evidence So Unpopular?", Scientific American (June 28, 2021)

*"Scientists Should Identify the Unidentified in the Pentagon Report", The Hill (June 25, 2021)

*"What We Can Learn from Studying UFOs", Scientific American (June 24, 2021)

*"A Possible Link Between `Oumuamua and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena", Scientific American (June 22, 2021)

*"How to Detect Heat from Extraterrestrial Probes in Our Solar System", Scientific American (June 17, 2021)

*"Searching for City Lights on Other Planets", Scientific American (June 13, 2021)

*"Death By a Primordial Black Hole", Scientific American (June 6, 2021)

*"Defenses That Hurt Science", Scientific American (June 4, 2021)

*"Creative Thinking in Both Science and the Arts is Not for the Faint of Heart", Scientific American (June 3, 2021)

*"A Fresh Approach to SETI", Book Chapter (June 1, 2021)

*"Maybe Dark Matter is More Than One Thing", Scientific American (May 30, 2021)

*"What To Do When Extraterrestrials Show Up?", Boston Globe (May 28, 2021)

*"How to Avoid a Cosmic Catastrophe", Scientific American (May 23, 2021)

*"When Scientific Orthodoxy Resembles Religious Dogma", Scientific American (May 17, 2021)

*"How Much Time Does Humanity Have Left?", Scientific American (May 12, 2021)

*"Evidence for Extraterrestrials? Funding Research is Better Than Eyewitness Reports", The Hill (May 9, 2021)

*"Watching the Universe Expand in Real Time", Scientific American (May 6, 2021)

*"Stars that Race Through Space at Nearly the Speed of Light", Scientific American (May 1, 2021)

*"Scientists Should Never Stop Being Students", Scientific American (April 23, 2021)

*"What Should We Do If Extraterrestrials Show Up?", Scientific American (April 15, 2021)

*"When Did Life First Emerge in the Universe?", Scientific American (April 4, 2021)

*"Reflections on Our Galactic Neighbors", Kultursymposium, Germany (March 30, 2021)

*"How To Photograph A Possible Alien Artifact", Scientific American (March 22, 2021)

*"Was the Interstellar Object `Oumuamua a Nitrogen Iceberg?", Scientific American (March 19, 2021)

*"To Qualify As `Scientific', Evidence Has to Be Reproducible", Scientific American (March 1, 2021)

*"The Shrapnel that Killed the Dinosaurs", Scientific American (February 16, 2021)

*"Scientific Knowledge is Always Good", Scientific American (February 16, 2021)

*"Did a Supermassive Black Hole Influence the Evolution of Life on Earth?", Scientific American (January 31, 2021)

*"ET and Arecibo", Pioneer Works (January 27, 2021)

*"Experimental Tests of Theology", Scientific American (January 26, 2021)

*"Why Do We Assume that Extraterrestrials Might Want to Visit Us?", Scientific American (January 21, 2021)

*"Message from Our Nearest Star?", Scientific American (January 12, 2020)

*"The Cosmic Dawn of Technology", Scientific American (December 28, 2020)

*"Multi-Messenger SETI", Scientific American (December 22, 2020)

*"Endless Creation Out of Nothing", Scientific American (December 12, 2020)

*"Noah's Spaceship", Scientific American (November 30, 2020)

*"The Scientific Benefits of Social Distancing", Scientific American (November 24, 2020)

*"Our Conversation with the Sky", Pioneer Works (November 22, 2020)

*"The Empty Half of the Glass May Also Be Full", Scientific American (November 14, 2020)

*"Black Holes Are Finally Trending", Scientific American (November 7, 2020)

*"Living Near a White Dwarf", Scientific American (October 30, 2020)

*"Searching for the Atoms of Life", Scientific American (October 20, 2020)

*"Academia After COVID", Scientific American (October 10, 2020)

*"Restoring Confidence in Evidence-Based Science" (October 28, 2020)

*"Life and Fate", Inference (September 30, 2020)

*"Nature's Splendor Exceeds Our Imagination", Scientific American (September 29, 2020)

*"Social Distancing on a Cosmic Scale", Scientific American (September 23, 2020)

*"The Hawking Limit", Scientific American (September 14, 2020)

*"The Dangers of Intellectual Territorialism", Scientific American (August 31, 2020)

*"What if We Could Live for a Million Years?", Scientific American (August 16, 2020)

*"My Recent Encounter with Rocks", Personal Diary (August 12, 2020)

*"A Movie of the Evolving Universe is Potentially Scary", Scientific American (August, 3, 2020)

*"The Power of Scientific Brainstorming", Scientific American (July 23, 2020)

*"Living with Scientific Uncertainty", Scientific American (July 15, 2020)

*"Geometry of the Universe", Astronomy Magazine (July 8, 2020)

*"An Audacious Explanation for Fast Radio Bursts", Scientific American (June 24, 2020)

*"Beware of Theories of Everything", Scientific American (June 9, 2020)

*"Visionary Science Takes More than Just Technical Skills", Scientific American (May 25, 2020)

*"The End of Time Could Be Of Our Own Making", Inference (May 18, 2020)

*"In Search of Naked Singularities", Scientific American (May 3, 2020)

*"Let's Create an Elite Scientific Body to Advice on Global Catastrophes", Scientific American (April 30, 2020)

*"A Sobering Astronomical Reminder from COVID-19", Scientific American (April 18, 2020)

*"Why the Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge Will Never End", Scientific American (April 6, 2020)

*"Flattening the COVID-19 Curves", Scientific American (March 17, 2020)

*"Advice for Young Scientists: Be a Generalist", Scientific American (March 16, 2020)

*"Why Should Scientists Mentor Students?", Scientific American (February 25, 2020)

*"What Makes Fast Radio Bursts?", solicited Op-Ed for Fox News (February 19, 2020)

*"Surfing a Supernova", Scientific American (February 3, 2020)

*"Can the Universe Provide Us With the Meaning of Life?", Scientific American (January 21, 2020)

*"The Simple Truth About Physics", Scientific American (January 2, 2020)

*"A Tale of Three Nobels", Scientific American (December 18, 2019)

*"Essential Advice for Fledgling Scientists", Scientific American (December 2, 2019)

*"What To Do When The Sun Will Get Too Hot For Earth's Survival?", Scientific American (November 25, 2019)

*"Space Archaeology", Atmos (November 8, 2019)

*"Did Life from Earth Escape the Solar System Eons Ago?", Scientific American (November 4, 2019)

*"Science is Not About Getting More Likes", Scientific American (October 8, 2019)

*"The Moon as a Fishing Net for Extraterrestrial Life", Scientific American (September 25, 2019)

*"Nothing Persists Except Change Itself", Scientific American (September 6, 2019)

*"Science as a Way of Life", Scientific American (August 14, 2019)

*"Federal Leadership of Future Moonshots", Scientific American (July 16, 2019)

*"It Takes a Village to Declassify an Error Bar", Scientific American (July 3, 2019)

*"What is the One Thing You Would Change About the World?", Harvard Gazette (July 1, 2019)

*"In Search of Green Dwarfs", Scientific American (June 3, 2019)

*"Should Scientists Keep Their Debates Private?", Scientific American (May 14, 2019)

*"`Oumuamua's Cousin?", Scientific American (May 6, 2019)

*"When Lab Experiments Carry Theological Implications", Scientific American (April 22, 2019)

*"How to Keep Scientific Innovation Alive", Scientific American (April 8, 2019)

*"Humanities of the Future", Scientific American (March 4, 2019)

*"Living Near a Supermassive Black Hole", Scientific American (March 11, 2019)

*"Are We Really the Smartest Kid on the Block?", Scientific American (March 4, 2019)

*"Embracing Nature All the Way from Walden Pond to Extraterrestrial Ponds", Scientific American (February 15, 2019)

*"Advanced Extraterrestrials as an Approximation to God", Scientific American (January 26, 2019)

*"Q&A (January 25, 2019)

*"Our Future in Space Will Echo Our Future on Earth", Scientific American (January 10, 2019)

*"How to Approach the Problem of `Oumuamua", Scientific American (December 19, 2018)

*"Six Strange Facts About the First Interstellar Visitor, `Oumuamua", Scientific American (November 20, 2018)

*"Seeking the Truth When the Consensus is Against You", Scientific American (November 9, 2018)

*"On `Oumuamua" (November 5, 2018)

*"Why a Mission to a Visiting Interstellar Object Could Be Our Best Bet for Finding Aliens", Gizmodo (October 31, 2018)

*"Making the Church Taller", Scientific American (October 18, 2018)

*"Searching for Relics of Dead Civilizations", Scientific American (September 27, 2018)

*"Philosophy and Science", Scientific American (September 10, 2018)

*"In Search for Lost Intellectual Treasures", submitted to Project Syndicate (August 23, 2018)

*"The Power of Anomalies", published in Scientific American (August 28, 2018)

*"Our Dialogue With Nature", Scientific American (August 10, 2018).

Background anecdote: "In my concluding remarks at the BHI conference we held at Harvard in May 2018, I recommended boarding a futuristic spacecraft directed at the nearest black hole to experimentally test the validity of string theory near the singularity. Nima Arkani-Hamed commented that he suspects I have an ulterior motive for sending string theorists into a black hole. For the video of this exchange, click here

*"Sailing on Light", Forbes magazine (August 8, 2018)

*"Science is an Infinite-Sum Game", Scientific American (July 31, 2018)

*"Where do ideas come from?", Scientific American (July 23, 2018)

*"Finding Fuel for Our Frigid Cosmic Future", Scientific American (June 19, 2018)

*"Testing Philosophy Through Experiments", Scientific American (June 7, 2018)

*"Maybe We Could See a Singularity After All", Scientific American (May 22, 2018)

*"Making Academia Matter Again", Project Syndicate (April 17, 2018)

*"Escape from Proxima b", Scientific American (April 16, 2018)

*"Implications of Neutron Star Mergers for Extraterrestrial Civilizations", Scientific American (March 13, 2018)

*"Renewing the Contract of Academia with Society", Scientific American (February 14, 2018)

*"Are Alien Civilizations Technologically Advanced?" Scientific American (January 8, 2018)

*"Vision for Harvard's Future" (September 5, 2017)

*"The Case for Cosmic Modesty", Scientific American (June 2017)

*"Searching for Life Among the Stars", Pan European Networks (June 2017)

*"Astrophysical Russian Dolls", Nature Astronomy (January 2017)

*"Good Data Are Not Enough", Nature (November 2016)

*"The Infinity Pool", Nature Physics (November 2015)

*"Fostering Talent", Physics World (April 2015)

*"The Lost Donkeys of Science", Project Syndicate (October 2014)

*"Benefits of Diversity", Nature Physics (September 2014)

*"Questions & Answers", Harvard FAS Dean's Annual Report (2014)

*"Thinking Outside the Simulation Box", Nature Physics (July 2013)

*"Fostering the Discoveries We Can't See Coming", PBS (July 2012)

*"Rating Research Risk", Nature (April 2012)

*"The Right Kind of Risk", Nature (September 2010)

*"Autobiographical sketch" (1962-2017)

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Solar eclipse at Harvard's Arnold Arboretum on August 21, 2017 (credit: Ned Friedman). red color bar