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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.


That Chest-Bursting Alien Is Terrifying Even Behind The Scenes

A lot of people try to 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.


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 to the 16, i.e. unfathomably many.)


This Dumb 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.


The Lie Is Out There: Three Types Of Alien Encounters

Nearly everyone who’s looked up at the night sky has asked him or herself at least some form of the very same question: Are we really, truly alone in the universe? The only thing that’s certain is that we definitely don’t want to be. Maybe that explains why we keep seeing UFOs in the sky… and why they’re always one of three types.


Alien Probes Could Already Be In Our Solar System According To Maths

If you’ve been trying to recall what makes theoretical maths super fun, here’s a reminder. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh published a paper in the International Journal of Astrobiology that examines how long it would take Voyager-sized probes to bop around the Milky Way and eventually encounter our solar system. The answer is not that long! Especially if the probes are using gravitational slingshotting and especially if they’re self-replicating.


The New Sci-Fi And Tech Shows You Need To Watch This Season

Science-fiction and technology are so hot right now — which is good news for us, or we’d probably be out of a job. It’s also great news for TV viewers who finally have some polished and unpatronising geek programming to feast their eyes on. Here are the new shows that you absolutely must check out over the coming TV season…


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?


Today's Google Doodle Is An Awesome Alien Point-And-Click Adventure

Is there life out there in the universe? 66 years ago today, mankind may or may not have been visited by extraterrestrials in a little town called Roswell. Google is marking the day with a fantastic point-and-click game in your browser.


Aliens' Xenomorph Queen Was Way Less Scary In Her Larval Form

There’s no denying that the Xenomorph queen is terrifying in Aliens, but she doesn’t seem quite has bad when her lifeless head is just sitting on a table, still being sculpted out of its earliest form. Still no looker, though.


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