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16 Jun 2012

News to Novels #21

This week I've been searching aliens, UFOs, and government conspiracies, all for the sci-fi writers out there.  It all started after reading this article and I had to find more:

Missile or UFO? Thousands of people in Jordan and Israel witness spinning 'Catherine Wheel' in the sky
Thousands of people in Israel, Turkey and Jordan got the shock of their lives yesterday, as they watched a spinning 'UFO' performing cartwheels in the sky.  Police in these countries - as well as in Cyprus and Lebanon - were flooded with phone calls by panicked residents, as the white, gleaming light danced high up in the atmosphere.  Theories abounded over what this could be - a failing missile test, a satellite breaking up in our atmosphere, or a visit from an alien spacecraft.

Was all alien life sucked into a black hole after 'white dwarf hypernova' star explosion... and could it wipe us out too?
The lack of evidence proving the existence of aliens is known to scientists as the ‘Great Silence’.  They have long been baffled how- despite years of searching – there has been no confirmation of life beyond our planet.  But now some astronomers believe the answer may lie in the destructive force of exploding stars – and claim ET may simply have been wiped out.

Are we looking in the wrong place for ET? Scientists suggest 'footprints' on moon could be best place to look for alien life
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - SETI - project looks for alien life in a one, main specific way - scanning for radio signals deliberately beamed towards earth from distant stars.  But two astronomers suggest that we may be missing evidence much closer to home.  Two scientists at Arizona State University have suggested that alien life may have 'left traces on the moon in the form of an artifact or surface modification of lunar features' - and that alien 'footprints' on the moon would last far longer than radio signals.

Astronomer discovers 18 giant alien planets the size of Jupiter orbiting massive dying stars outside our own solar system
A patient astronomer has discovered 18 massive new alien planets orbiting dying giant stars outside our solar system. It is a finding that could help scientists better understand the origins of our own sun and the planets that orbit it.  This is the second-largest batch of such planets ever found -- and increases the number of known alien bodies orbiting massive stars by 50 percent.  California Institute of Technology Professor John Johnson and his team of astronomers spent nearly 10 years staring at 300 solar systems, searching for a tell-tale wobble caused by the gravitational pull from planets.

Stunned onlookers watch as mysterious orange UFOs swoop across Britain's skies
Darting silently in formation, the mysterious glowing orbs light up the night sky.  Some say these orange lights even weave in between each other with the precision of a synchronised flying team from some far corner of the universe.  Clusters of more than 100 have been spotted across Britain and even Holland, leaving onlookers with an eerie sense that, for all the mystifying beauty of the strange objects, they may have just witnessed an armada of invading UFOs.

3 comments:

  1. I've been rewatching The X-Files lately. Your timing is perfect ;)

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  2. Haha, lots of sci-fi inspiration then!

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  3. Interesting. I've often wondered about cosmology as a whole, and the way it is conducted. Going from what I read, it seems as if people often take how things work for us in our environment (e.g., how life works for us, how we might contact alien life, etc.) and just extrapolate that to space, as if aliens would think just like we do, would have to meet our standards of what qualifies as "life" to exist, and so on. If aliens are more advanced than us, why would they use radio waves to communicate--especially if they assume we're more advanced than we are? Or perhaps they're *not* as advanced as us, and haven't even considered the possibility that we exist!

    I especially like the idea that aliens might not be as technologically advanced as us. Hence my current WIP. :)

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