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Will Contact With Non-Human Intelligence Involve Aliens or AI?

July 4, 2024, 2:29 p.m. • The Debrief • (3 Minute Read)
The article "Will Contact With Non-Human Intelligence Involve Aliens or AI?" discusses the potential encounter with non-human intelligence, considering the possibility of encountering artificial intelligence (AI) or extraterrestrial technologies. Avi Loeb, head of the Galileo Project, suggests that AI systems could represent an "alien" intelligence due to their material differences from the human brain. The article explores the limitations and similarities between AI and human intelligence, as well as the potential existence of interstellar probes in our solar system. It also emphasizes the challenges and unknowns in dealing with alien intelligence, highlighting the need for further exploration and research.

Exploring UFO sightings at Glastonbury Festival: A history of mysterious lights and flying saucers

July 3, 2024, 12:35 p.m. • Irish Star • (5 Minute Read)
The Glastonbury Festival has not only been a renowned music event but has also garnered a reputation for being a hotspot for UFO sightings. Reports of mysterious lights and suspicious orbs from festival-goers and sober individuals have sparked curiosity about potential otherworldly activities above the festival site in Pilton, Somerset. Historical accounts include sightings of a flying saucer in 1994, luminous shapes above the Pyramid Stage in 2003, and an enigmatic orb during The Chemical Brothers' performance in 2015. While some dismiss these sightings as festival-related phenomena, others remain intrigued by the possibility of extraterrestrial encounters. The festival's mystical atmosphere and unexplained occurrences continue to fascinate attendees and UFO enthusiasts alike.

NASA's alien-hunting telescope could find an inhabited planet by 2050, scientist claims

July 3, 2024, 12:49 a.m. • Daily Mail • (21 Minute Read)
NASA is preparing to launch an 'alien-hunting' telescope that experts believe will uncover an inhabited planet by 2050. The Habitable Worlds Observatory (HWO) will search for a wide variety of biosignatures given off by living organisms. Dr. Jessie Christiansen, the chief scientist for NASA, is confident that HWO will find 'a signal in the atmosphere of a planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun within our lifetime.' The telescope is set to launch around 2040 and has been deemed a 'Super Hubble' telescope that would directly image Earth-size planets circling other stars. Scientists working on the project have identified 25 Earth-like planets around sun-like stars as potential candidates. The telescope will also feature ultra-precise optics to scrutinize the atmospheres of these worlds for signs of life. With contracts totaling $17.5 million set to go into effect this summer, NASA is working on constructing HWO's next-generation hardware and code needed to pull in nearby exoplanet data in rich new detail. Dr. Christiansen believes that the discovery of proof of extraterrestrial life may start a revolution in life, religion, philosophy, and science.

World UFO Day 2024: What is it, how UFOs became mainstream

July 2, 2024, 4:44 p.m. • USA TODAY • (3 Minute Read)
On World UFO Day 2024, the UFO community is celebrating their beliefs through engaging in conversations about UFOs and alien life, and watching UFO-themed movies. The Pentagon's All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) has recently launched a new website to provide declassified information about reported UFO sightings, signaling a shift towards public transparency on the issue. This move follows the revelation in 2017 of a top-secret Pentagon program dedicated to investigating mysterious aerial phenomena, which has since prompted government hearings and testimonies on unidentified flying objects. The latest developments have brought the once-fringe topic of UFOs into the mainstream narrative in America, with calls for increased military transparency and inquiries into the potential national security threats posed by these unexplained aerial phenomena.

Searching for Signs of Advanced Civilizations: Interstellar Detectives Trace Alien Terraforming

July 2, 2024, 2:27 a.m. • SciTechDaily • (5 Minute Read)
In a quest to uncover extraterrestrial life, researchers have identified specific potent greenhouse gases that could indicate advanced alien civilizations are actively terraforming distant planets. Detecting gases like fluorinated methane and ethane on distant exoplanets could serve as technosignatures of sophisticated interstellar engineering. Astronomers can trace these gases using space telescopes such as the James Webb to find evidence of alien civilizations. The study, led by Edward Schwieterman of the University of California, Riverside, proposes five gases used in industrial applications as potential terraforming gases, which could be detectable in the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system. These gases, if found, could indicate the presence of intelligent, technology-using life forms. The research presents a promising approach to discovering signs of advanced civilizations in the universe using existing and future space-based telescopes.

UFOs: From psychology to air traffic, are we closer now to an answer?

June 30, 2024, 1:10 a.m. • BBC.com • (4 Minute Read)
The latest series of the BBC's Paranormal delves into alleged UFO sightings, exploring events such as the 1977 incident at Broad Haven Primary School in Wales. As the public's fascination with extraterrestrial life persists, the use of modern technology, including smartphones and air traffic tracking apps, has positioned experts to better investigate UFO phenomena. However, alongside the cultural influence of UFO sightings, psychologists are considering the impact of eyewitness testimony, group conformity, and media coverage in shaping these reports. Aerospace engineer Dr. Ryan Marks suggests that air traffic, military activity, and experimental aircraft could offer rational explanations for many sightings. Despite the increased accessibility of tracking technology, the study of UFOs continues to prompt public skepticism and debate.

100 years of aliens: From Mars beavers to little gray men

June 28, 2024, 5:25 p.m. • Popular Science • (6 Minute Read)
For 100 years, humans have been captivated by the idea of alien life, with our concepts of extraterrestrials evolving from beavers on Mars to the iconic depiction of gray aliens. The fascination dates back to ancient Greece, when Democritus speculated about habitable worlds, and it was fueled by H.G. Wells's 1898 novel "The War of the Worlds." The book depicted a Martian invasion, sparking imagination and fear about alien life. Over time, science fiction, fueled by speculation about Mars and advancements in space exploration, began to shape our perceptions of extraterrestrial life. From the beavers and lunar crabs of the early 1900s to the modern portrayal of gray aliens and advanced beings in works such as "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Alien," our vision of cosmic visitors has continued to capture our imagination and inspire curiosity. The ongoing search for habitable worlds and the exploration of space continue to drive our fascination with the idea of alien life.

If alien life exists on Europa, we may find it in hydrothermal vents

June 27, 2024, noon • Space.com • (3 Minute Read)
A recent study suggests that if there is alien life on the moons Europa or Enceladus, it could potentially be found in hydrothermal vents. Research conducted by a team from the University of California, Santa Cruz, indicates that low-temperature hydrothermal vents on these icy moons could persist for billions of years, possibly creating conditions conducive to the emergence of life. Modeling based on the circulation system in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, where cool seawater sinks and flows down into the rock in the seabed before rising up, suggests that such vents on Europa and Enceladus could be maintained over a wide range of conditions for extended periods. This finding offers new insights into the potential habitability of these alien oceans and paves the way for further exploration of these intriguing celestial bodies.

Greenhouse gases can help detect alien life on distant planets

June 26, 2024, 4:22 p.m. • Earth.com • (3 Minute Read)
A recent study from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) has proposed a groundbreaking approach to the search for extraterrestrial life. The researchers suggest that the detection of artificial greenhouse gases could serve as a key indicator of alien activity and civilizations on distant planets. These gases, which are fluorinated versions of methane, ethane, and propane, as well as nitrogen and fluorine or sulfur and fluorine compounds, are primarily used in industrial processes on Earth. The study indicates that these gases present advantages as potential terraforming agents due to their potent greenhouse effect, longevity, ozone-friendly nature, and detectable infrared signatures. The researchers simulated the presence of these gases on a planet in the TRAPPIST-1 system and found that even minimal concentrations could be detectable with current or planned technology. This research not only offers a new approach to detecting extraterrestrial intelligence but also showcases the remarkable capabilities of current and future telescopes in the search for alien life.

Quest for Alien Life Targets Planetary Atmospheres

June 26, 2024, 1:40 p.m. • Mirage News • (5 Minute Read)
The quest for alien life has embarked on a new journey as researchers target planetary atmospheres beyond our solar system. Astronomer Sebastian Zieba, affiliated with Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and Leiden Observatory, used data from the James Webb Space Telescope to study small rocky exoplanets. Although he didn't find evidence of aliens, his research sheds light on the search for atmospheres around rocky exoplanets. Zieba's study of K2-141 b, a lava planet, and TRAPPIST-1 c, a Venus-like rocky exoplanet, provided insight into the potential diversity in the atmospheres of small worlds beyond the Solar System. His findings, including the lack of carbon dioxide on TRAPPIST-1 c, are crucial steps forward in understanding rocky exoplanets and the potential for life beyond Earth.

Exact spot alien life may be lurking on 'ocean world' in our Solar System found

June 25, 2024, 7:50 p.m. • The Sun • (3 Minute Read)
Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have pinpointed the potential location of alien life within our own solar system, and the findings suggest that it may be lurking beneath the vast oceans on distant moons. These "ocean worlds", such as Saturn's moon Enceladus and Jupiter's moon Europa, could harbor the key to extraterrestrial life, according to a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. The team at UC Santa Cruz used computer simulations based on hydrothermal circulation as it occurs on Earth, and their results indicate that low-temperature hydrothermal vents could exist under certain conditions on these moons, creating the potential for life to develop over billions of years. The team will be looking for further evidence of life on these moons with the launch of NASA's Europa Clipper mission later this year. While the research presents a tantalizing prospect for the existence of alien life, the challenge lies in gathering data from celestial objects located at such a great distance from Earth.

Why our location in the Milky Way is perfect for finding alien life

June 25, 2024, 6 p.m. • New Scientist • (2 Minute Read)
A new study suggests that the location of the Earth in the Milky Way may be ideal for finding alien life. Our solar system is part of the Orion arm of the Milky Way, which is filled with older, metal-rich stars. According to researchers, these stars may offer the best conditions for life to develop on their planets. Although our search for extraterrestrial life has only just begun, scientists have already discovered over 5000 exoplanets. By studying different types of stars in our galactic neighborhood, astronomers hope to understand how they might affect the potential habitability of planets orbiting them. This research could shed light on the likelihood of finding life beyond our own solar system.

Bizarre alien activity could now be spotted by James Webb telescope

June 25, 2024, 4:02 p.m. • BBC Science Focus • (1 Minute Read)
The search for extraterrestrial life may have been given a significant boost by a new study from The University of California, Riverside. According to the study, certain artificial greenhouse gases, such as fluorinated versions of methane, ethane, and propane, could serve as clear indicators of a terraformed planet, one that has been artificially modified to support life. These gases, along with others made of nitrogen and fluorine or sulfur and fluorine, could potentially be detectable using existing technology in the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system. The discovery suggests that the James Webb Space Telescope, currently in operation, may soon be able to detect signs of intelligent, technology-using life forms. While the researchers cannot quantify the likelihood of finding these gases in the near future, they are confident that, if they are present, it is entirely possible to detect them during currently planned missions.

Scientists explore if warp drives can help detect extraterrestrial life through gravitational waves

June 23, 2024, 9:23 a.m. • The Indian Express • (5 Minute Read)
Scientists are exploring the potential for using warp drives to detect extraterrestrial life through gravitational waves. Despite skepticism about the existence of alien life, a paper from Cornell University suggests that warp drives, which warp the space-time continuum to achieve faster-than-light travel, could aid in the search for alien life. While warp drives remain theoretical with current human technology, a group of scientists is interested in understanding what might happen if a warp drive fails. They are using numerical relativity to simulate the effects of strong gravitational forces generated by warp drives and how they may impact their surroundings. This research could potentially aid in detecting natural occurrences that mimic the signatures of collapsed warp drives and help in the search for extraterrestrial life. The study is based on theoretical concepts and is currently far from becoming a reality, but it demonstrates the curiosity and challenges driving scientific exploration of space and the universe. The research is a reminder that science often blurs the line between fact and fiction, as scientists strive to push the boundaries of knowledge in their quest to understand the universe.

Vatican archives may hold UFO secrets and scientists want access to study it

June 21, 2024, 7:40 a.m. • Business Today • (1 Minute Read)
A group of scientists and researchers are seeking access to the Vatican Apostolic Archives in order to uncover information related to UFOs and paranormal phenomena. The initiative was sparked by former U.S. intelligence official David Grusch's testimony, which alleged Vatican involvement in an international cover-up of alien secrets. Despite Vatican archivists denying any possession of documents explicitly related to extraterrestrial life, scholars and scientists believe that the archives could hold records of paranormal occurrences that may challenge traditional religious interpretations and offer insights into unexplained aerial phenomena and their cultural, religious, and scientific implications. The Sol Foundation, co-founded by Stanford University professor Garry Nolan, aims to engage in scientific research to understand UFOs, seeking to initiate dialogue with religious institutions like the Vatican to explore potential discoveries regarding alien life. This interest in uncovering paranormal secrets within the Vatican's archives has deep roots and dates back to interactions between the Esalen Institute in California and Vatican authorities, despite the Vatican's firm denial of holding such documents.

Are Aliens Already Here? Exploring the Harvard Hypothesis

June 21, 2024, 5:37 a.m. • GeekSided • (1 Minute Read)
The news story titled "Are Aliens Already Here? Exploring the Harvard Hypothesis" discusses the compelling proposition put forth by a group of esteemed Harvard academics, suggesting that extraterrestrial beings could be living among us undetected, without the need for long-distance space travel. The article explores various potential habitats for these aliens, including the surface of the moon, the depths of the ocean, and civilizations deep within the Earth's crust. Additionally, the story touches on ancient texts and claims made by former government and military officials, adding to the mystery and intrigue surrounding the topic. The possibility of aliens living among us raises thought-provoking questions and invites readers to share their opinions on the matter.

Living Nostradamus predicts alien life will be discovered by 2028 - we must prepare

June 19, 2024, 4:47 p.m. • Daily Star • (7 Minute Read)
Brazilian mystic Athos Salomé, 37, has predicted the discovery of alien life by 2028, claiming a series of scientific breakthroughs will reshape human understanding. Salomé foresees a joint endeavor by NASA and the European Space Agency to reveal the presence of alien life forms in the depths of Europa's oceans, a moon of Jupiter. These life forms, Salomé asserts, exhibit biological intricacy and challenge existing theories on the origins of life, prompting a reevaluation of science and religious perspectives. He emphasizes the need for sensitive management of this revelation to prevent panic and encourage scientific validation, envisioning global discussions on the significance of life beyond Earth and the discovery of ancient civilizations' tunnels.

Watery planets orbiting white dwarfs hold the key to finding alien life

June 14, 2024, 1:05 p.m. • Earth.com • (2 Minute Read)
In the vast cosmic ballet, where stars are born, live, and die, an intriguing chapter unfolds in the fading embers of white dwarfs, where water-bearing planets may hold the key to finding alien life. White dwarfs, remnants of stars that have exhausted their nuclear fuel, emit a faint, steady light and offer a clear backdrop for studying potential life on surrounding exoplanets. Despite the tumultuous death throes of their parent stars, water-rich planets orbiting at a specific distance from white dwarfs might retain enough water to support life. The study's lead, astronomy professor Juliette Becker, suggests that if we find a planet orbiting a white dwarf, we could potentially determine its atmospheric composition with greater accuracy than ever before, potentially revealing signs of life. As telescopes become more powerful, the potential to answer one of humanity's most profound questions – "Are we alone in the universe?" – looms closer. The prospect of finding life on planets orbiting white dwarfs is exciting, and researchers are developing theoretical models to advance our understanding of these systems and identify promising targets for future observations.

Trump on alien lifeforms: 'There could be' but 'it's not my thing'

June 14, 2024, 12:12 a.m. • The Hill • (1 Minute Read)
In an appearance on YouTuber Logan Paul's "Impaulsive" podcast, former President Trump discussed the possibility of alien life, stating that "there could be" but that it's not something he personally believes in. Despite having met with people who claim to have seen strange flying objects, Trump is not convinced. He addressed the current interest in Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) in Congress, stating that he had looked into the issue during his presidency and does not believe that the government is withholding information. While a Pentagon report found no evidence of extraterrestrial technology or confirmed UAP sightings of alien origin, Trump emphasized that the existence of aliens is "very possible" even though he is not personally a believer.

Angels or Aliens? Some Researchers Say Vatican Archives Hold UFO Secrets

June 13, 2024, 1:16 p.m. • The Tablet Catholic Newspaper • (4 Minute Read)
A group of scientists and researchers are seeking access to the Vatican Apostolic Archives to uncover information about UFOs and the paranormal, believing there may be traces amid the 50 miles of shelves holding everything from handwritten papal notes to presidential missives. The decades-long effort gained momentum in 2023 following former U.S. intelligence official David Grusch’s congressional testimony alleging the Vatican’s involvement in an international cover-up of alien secrets. Grusch claimed Pope Pius XII “backchanneled” information to the United States about a crashed UFO recovered by fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The Vatican’s archivists are in a “mad rush to digitize what they have; they have to prioritize what they think is most important,” says Diana Walsh Pasulka. Interest among non-Catholic researchers in uncovering paranormal secrets in the Vatican has spanned decades and has roots in a culturally influential retreat center in California. Although the staff at the Vatican archives acknowledge that their vast shelves contain accounts of miracles, they deny that any of their holdings pertain to aliens.