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Russian Researcher: We’ll Find Extraterrestrials by 2031, and They’ll Look a Lot Like Us

The longtime head of Russia’s effort to find intelligent life in the cosmos is convinced that we’ll find extraterrestrial beings within the next 20 years, and he’s also pretty sure that they’ll probably look a lot like us. According to a recent Reuters report, Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Applied Astronomy Institute, told…

A Treasure Trove of UFO Videos: The Web

It wasn’t that long ago that UFOologists had to go to conventions or meet in person to squint at shaky home-movie footage of purported alien spacecraft. But now, thanks to inexpensive digital video cameras and smart phones with video, DVRs that can capture clips of local news programs, and free sites on the Web that…

Crop Circles: Evidence of collusion between marsupials and extraterrestrials?

The fascinatingly woo-woo phenomenon of crop circles–which actually aren’t just circular, but form intricate geometric patterns in farm fields–has inspired scores of possible explanations over the years. Paranormal-minded crop-circle buffs, known as cerealogoists (after Ceres, the Roman goddes of agriculture) or more simply as croppies, have speculated they’re messages left behind by extraterrestrial visitors, while the more…

What to Pack for the Apocalypse

    “This ain’t no party / this ain’t no disco / this ain’t no foolin’ around,” as David Bryne of the Talking Heads once reminded us in the song “Life During Wartime.”  And indeed, when you’re getting ready for what you believe to be the impending demise of civilization and perhaps the planet itself,…

Run Silent, Run Deep, and Smuggle $100 Million Worth of Cocaine

Columbian and U.S. antidrug agents are busy these days trying to combat a new weapon in the cartels’ arsenals: private navies of small, custom-built submarines that utilize increasingly sophisticated technology to avoid detection as they transport mountains of cocaine. When drug-runners first turned to submarines more than a decade ago, their craft were crude and…

Earth Under Water: Are Floating Cities the Answer?

Back in the mid-1990s, a post-apocalyptic sci fi movie called Waterworld, envisioned a dystopia in which the polar ice caps had completely melted and most of the Earth’s land was thousands of feet under water. A mutant drifter, the Mariner (portrayed by Kevin Costner) roamed the oceans in a boat, looking for a mythical place called…

Escaping Earth: Could a Space Elevator Work?

Is there a cheaper and more efficient way to put humans, equipment and materials into space than by using powerful rocket engines?  Since the beginning of space flight in the late 1950s, we’ve relied upon thrust to enable satellites and manned vehicles to reach space. Escape velocity is the physics term for achieving enough kinetic energy…

Celebrity UFO Abduction

Singer-guitarist Sammy Hagar used to be known primarily for his anti-speed limit anthem, “I Can’t Drive 55,” and for his stint replacing David Lee Roth in Van Halen. But these days, the wavy-tressed rocker is getting more attention for publishing a new autobiography in which he reveals that he was abducted by aliens and subjected to the mental equivalent of what happens…

False-Flag Extra-Terrestrial Invasion Scenario: The Most Mind-Boggling Conspiracy Theory Yet

A conquest of Earth by some super-powerful extraterrestrial species has been a suitably frightening premise for science fiction, from the 1938 radio version of War of the Worlds to the 2011 movie blockbuster Battle: Los Angeles.  Among UFOologists, the alien apocalypse scenario resonates strongly as well, to the extent that some have even questioned why U.S. defense officials haven’t done more to…

10 Reasons Why Aliens Would Attack Earth

In sci-fi books and movies, aliens are continually trying to conquer our planet. But this question is seldom, if ever, answered: why would beings from a distant, advanced civilization go to the expense and effort of journeying to Earth to mount an invasion? After all, Earthlike rocky planets are relatively common on the universe—scientists estimate…