It's not very fun to do spectroscopy.
Spectroscopy can probably answer the question, 'Is there anybody out there?' Are we alone?
When discs form around stars, there is interaction of angular momentum between disc, planets and parent star, and this interaction affects the rotation of the parent star, and that will affect the lithium abundance.
Connection between life and radioactive nuclei is straightforward. No life without tectonic activity, without volcanic activity. And we know very well that geothermal energy is mostly produced by decay of uranium, thorium, and potassium.
The one way to discover about aliens is to tune your radio telescope and listen to the signals.