Looking to fill in the summer break? Why not search for aliens at a Scottish university. Next January, the University of Edinburgh is offering a free, online and wholly legitimate course in the search for extraterrestrial life.
Over five weeks (and 10 lectures) Charles Cockell, a professor in astrobiology, will take you through the ins and outs of the still-hypothetical quest to find life on another planet. Spanning from the origin of life on our own planet through to the potential for life in the Solar System and beyond, this will be an essential primer in one of the true final frontiers of modern science. Well, at the very least, it's probably more educational than the cricket. Enroll here.