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SETI Man Thinks We'll Find Aliens Within 20 Years

One of the key men behind the SETI project thinks that advances in processing power means we're likely to find concrete evidence of alien life within the next 20 years, which will certainly give the Pope something interesting to tweet about. Read More >>

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Why it's So Hard to Find Alien Life

A big reason why the Fermi paradox has punch is the matter of time. Max Tegmark gets into this in his excellent new book Our Mathematical Universe (Knopf, 2014), where he runs through what many thinkers on the subject have noted: Our Sun is young enough that countless stars and the planets that orbit them must have offered homes for life long before we ever appeared. With at least a several billion year head start, wouldn't intelligent life have had time to spread, and shouldn't its existence be perfectly obvious by now? Read More >>

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8 of the Most Fascinating Items From Carl Sagan's Personal Archives

As America's foremost ambassador to space, Carl Sagan has continued to inspire our fascination with exploring beyond Earth. The Library of Congress has digitised its Carl Sagan archives, and several items just collected online give us an amazing new look into the mind of the astronomer. Read More >>

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Scottish Scientists Awarded Grant to Build Alien-Detecting Laser Device

A group of Scottish scientists were recently awarded a £250,000 grant to build an infrared laser device to seek out new life (i.e. small, earth-like planets that orbit stars) and new civilisations (planets capable of containing life), and boldly explore where no man has gone before (basically distant solar systems). Read More >>

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Former Canadian Defence Minister Claims 80 Species of Aliens Mingle With Us

Paul Hellyer is (or perhaps was) a serious politician, rising to the position of defence minister within the Canadian government in the 1960s. He's now come out as being a true believer in UFOs and aliens, claiming they live among us here on Earth. He used to be in charge of things. Read More >>

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Curiosity Discovers a Giant Lake Once Suitable for Life on Mars

The possibility that Mars was once home to all kinds of life is looking better and better with each new Curiosity discovery. According to newly published research, the rover has stumbled across a site in the Gale Crater that scientists believe might have once been a lake full of life. Read More >>

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Atmospheric Probe Discovers "Alien Life" Raining Down From Space

A team of British scientists is claiming to have found alien life, but not from the dust craters of Mars or by picking up radio waves from the TVs of distant worlds. They believe organic matter that came back onboard an observation balloon may be alien microbes. Read More >>

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Distant Ruins: How Scientists Hunt Space for Dead Alien Civilisations

‘Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ says Ozymandias’s ruined statue in the desert of Shelley’s imagination. Shelley’s sonnet is often interpreted as a sober warning that human works are fleeting, but when I read it as a young boy it kindled a sense of adventure; it suggested a wonderfully mysterious past beneath my familiar suburban surroundings.
We use the word ‘archaeology’ to describe this effort, because looking into deep space takes us deep into the past. Interstellar archaeologists are looking for evidence of engineering on scales that dwarf our own. They assume that civilisations eventually build technologies capable of exploiting the energy resources of entire stars. They are building on the early work of the Soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev, who, in 1964, set about categorising these futuristic civilisations. His scheme, called the Kardashev Scale, has three types, and so far humanity does not even rate as a Type I, a civilisation that can master the energy resources of its entire planet. A Type II culture can tap all the resources of its local star, and a Type III can harness the energy of an entire galaxy. We do not, of course, know if any civilisation other than our own exists, but Kardashev’s scale offers us a way of approaching the problem of detection: it gets us thinking about what kind of traces these advanced civilisations might leave behind. Read More >>

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Even Behind the Scenes That Chest Bursting Alien is Terrifying

A lot of people try and avoid behind the scenes looks at their favourite movies for fear it could ruin the mystique of what they're seeing on screen. But surprisingly, seeing the inner workings of the infamous chest bursting alien from Aliens is just about as terrifying as the actual scene in the movie, if not more so. Read More >>

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How We Go Looking For Life on Other Planets

There are, as best we can estimate, hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe. (There may be more.) Average galaxies carry the weight of hundreds of billions of stars. If a habitable planet whirls around just one star in every million, the number of worlds which could harbour life would number in the quadrillions. (Roughly 10^16, i.e. unfathomably many.) Read More >>

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This Crazy Radio Ad Got People All Worried About an Alien Invasion

It's easy to think back on that whole Orson Wells War of the Worlds thing and think to yourself: "That could never happen today, not in a world with internet, and where everybody knows about that one time it happened already." Well, you'd be wrong.
Last week, Star 94.9 in Alabama began running a series of radio spots intended to ready listeners for a format change. The pitch? Aliens. Naturally. Read More >>

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Apparently This Isn't a UFO Floating Around the Earth Like a Jellyfish

Yesterday, astronaut Chris Cassidy spotted something really weird floating outside the window of the ISS. Like a bright, shiny, golden jellyfish, the strange object was hovering around the space station's Progress cargo vehicle. He whipped out his camera and started filming. What the hell was it? Read More >>

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The Lie Is Out There: Three Types of Alien Encounters

The idea that humankind is pretty much the end all be all as far as intelligent life goes is a pretty depressing thought. It's only natural then, that we'd grasp on to pretty much anything as a sign of alien contact, seriously, anything. History is rife with reports of UFO sightings, but if you take a second to stop and think, nearly all of them come with perfectly reasonable explanations and not one of them extraterrestrial. Read More >>

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What Would We Do If Aliens Just Showed Up Tomorrow?

It seems unlikely—impossible, even—that aliens would just happen to make contact today. Or tomorrow. Or the day after. But what if they did? How do you even deal with something like that?
Vsauce digs into the details of our global plan, or more accurately the total lack thereof, to scoop out the sparse details and make a few conjectures. It might seem like a sort of ridiculous question to ask, but someone should be thinking about it, right? Read More >>

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This Life-Size Lego Alien Facehugger Will Haunt Your Dreams

Carlos Valero is the brilliant mind behind this functional, life-size and creepy-as-hell Lego Alien Facehugger. This MOC 1:1 scale model uses only 500 bricks, and is so beautifully-accurate it would make Giger blush. Read More >>

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This Flood of Time-Wasting Nutjobs Caused the MoD to Stop Investigating UFOs

A new batch of letters and photos sent to the Ministry of Defence regarding UFO sightings has been released, showing exactly why they gave up investigating flying saucers in 2009 -- everyone was taking the piss and letting their kids send joke letters. Read More >>

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