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Extraterrestrial evidence: 10 incredible findings about aliens from 2020
Is E.T. phoning us from Proxima Centauri?
The answer to weird signals happening in the universe is never aliens, until maybe it is. Earlier this month, researchers announced that they had captured a very mysterious beam of energy in the radio part of the electromagnetic spectrum at 980 megahertz, coming from the closest star to our own. Proxima Centauri, which is just 4.2 light-years away, hosts one gas giant and one rocky world 17% larger than Earth that happens to be in its star’s habitable zone, meaning liquid water could exist there
Alien bacteria might live in the clouds of Venus
Astrobiologists were a-twitter with anticipation and skepticism in September when news broke of potential evidence of life in the upper clouds of Venus. The announcement pointed to the presence of phosphine, a rare and often poisonous gas that, on Earth at least, is almost always associated with living organisms. With its hellish surface temperature, outlandish pressure and sulfuric-acid clouds, Venus has long played second fiddle to the seemingly more potentially habitable Mars.
‘Oumuamua could still be an alien artifact
Two years ago, scientists spotted a cigar-shaped object hurtling through the solar system. Dubbed ‘Oumuamua, the entity is considered by most to be an interstellar comet flung out from around another star. But close observations showed that ‘Oumuamua was accelerating, as if something were propelling it, and scientists still aren’t sure why. Avi Loeb, a Harvard University astrophysicist has proposed that, instead of a comet, the interstellar visitor could have been an alien probe pushed by a lightsail — a wide, millimeter-thin piece of material that accelerates as it’s pushed by solar radiation.
Earth bugs breathe hydrogen, maybe aliens do too
Most Earthlings require oxygen to survive. But oxygen isn’t common in the cosmos, making up about 0.1% of the ordinary mass of the universe. There’s far more hydrogen (92%) and helium (7%), and many planets, including gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn, are made mostly from these light elements. In May, scientists took E. coli (a bacteria found in the guts of many animals, including humans) and ordinary yeast (a fungus used to bake bread and make beer) and tried to see if they could live in different environments. Such microbes are already known to survive without oxygen and, when placed in a flask filled with either pure hydrogen or pure helium, they managed to grow, albeit at slower rates than usual. The findings suggest that when searching for organisms elsewhere in the universe, we might want to consider places that don’t look exactly like Earth.
Overachieving aliens likely annihilated themselves, study suggests
Any aliens in our galaxy have already likely annihilated themselves — the victims of too much progress, a new scientific study says.
Researchers with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology have surmised that since past studies show a civilization’s technological advances “will inevitably lead to complete destruction and biological degeneration,’’ any intelligent life previously in the Milky Way has already likely killed itself off.
“[I]f intelligent life is likely to destroy themselves, it is not surprising that there is little or no intelligent life elsewhere,” the researchers said in a paper posted online earlier this month.
The scientists also theorized that humans are late to the party because peak conditions for life to develop likely occurred about 8 billion years after the galaxy formed — and we emerged around 13.5 billion years after the Milky Way came about, according to the website Live Science.
FORMER CIA DIRECTOR BRENNAN SAYS WE SHOULD BE OPEN-MINDED ABOUT UFOS
Brennan was Director of the CIA between March 2013 and January 2017. He spent the beginning of his career within the CIA involved in the Directorate of Intelligence (DI)—the agency’s analytic branch—before running terrorism analysis at the Director of Central Intelligence’s Counterterrorist Center in the early 90s. He continued climbing the agency’s ranks, spearheading the effort that eventually led to the formation of the National Counterterrorism Center, and eventually became the interim director before retiring from the agency in 2005.
Former President Barack Obama approached Brennan in 2008 concerning the possibility of becoming the Director of the CIA. Instead, Brennan aided Obama in homeland security and counterterrorism efforts for the next four years. It would be 2013 before Obama would nominate Brennan to succeed David Petraeus in taking on the Director role.
When asked about how he would approach deciphering the cause and meaning behind some UFO videos recently captured by Navy pilots, Brennan stated that those videos were really “eyebrow-raising” and that the best way to navigate these uncertain waters would be to “ensure that you have as much data as possible in terms of visuals and also different types of maybe technical collection of sensors that you have at the time.”
Brennan went on to say that it is paramount to investigate whether various weather conditions could cause these phenomena or if any other ground-based phenomena could help explain what is being seen in the skies.
Cowen followed up Brennan’s comments on the Navy pilot videos by asking point-blank: “What do you think is the most likely hypothesis [to explain UFO sightings]?”
Brennan replied that he did not know, adding, “I think it’s a bit presumptuous and arrogant for us to believe that there’s no other form of life anywhere in the entire universe. What that might be is subject to a lot of different views.”
Brennan continued: “But I think some of the phenomena we’re going to be seeing continues to be unexplained and might, in fact, be some type of phenomenon that is the result of something that we don’t yet understand and that could involve some type of activity that some might say constitutes a different form of life.”
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