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To Live With Unreality in L.A

Jeff Polman | Posted 06.04.2011 | Los Angeles
Jeff Polman

It's strange that I've been up to the Griffith Park Observatory about a dozen times since I've lived out here and not once did I experience a time warp event or see a naked terminator appear.

Sending Greeting Cards to the Aliens

Seth Shostak | Posted 06.03.2011 | Technology
Seth Shostak

In addition to the plaques and records fastened to the Pioneer and Voyager space probes, we've occasionally fired up powerful radio transmitters to broadcast pictograms to stars near and far.

World's Greatest Hoaxes Revealed

Posted 06.01.2011 | World

Though many of them seem absurd in retrospect, colossal hoaxes have been making fools of people around the world for centuries. From alien encount...

Fukushima: Where Do Aliens Store Their Spent Fuel Rods?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Russ Wellen

Increasingly, spent fuel rods -- with the half lives of their radioactive elements running into the tens of thousands of years -- are finally taking a star turn in the leading role of nuclear risk.

Van Halen Rocker: I Was Abducted By Aliens

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Sammy Hagar truly has had The Best of Both Worlds. Or so he claims, anyway. The former Van Halen frontman is out promoting his new memoir, "Red: My...

"Battle: LA" Has Its John Wayne Moments

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

"Battle: LA" has the same basic plot as "Skyline," a movie that played unsuccessfully on screens a few months ago. Once again it is a story about alie...

Battle: L.A. - Hold Your Water!

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Seth Shostak

The crowd has come to see California's biggest urban clot take it on the chin, and they've got scant patience for such time-wasters as romance, character development, or putting the camera on a tripod.

Alien Encounter: UFO Files Released Online

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Among many other shocking disclosures, a series of 8,500 documents released by the British National Archives have revealed that many Brits feared a de...

Evidence For Alien Life Is Mounting Daily

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — Lately, a handful of new discoveries make it seem more likely that we are not alone – that there is life somewhere else in th...

A Bucketful of Worlds

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Seth Shostak

It's raining planets. Members of the science team for NASA's Kepler telescope announced the tentative discovery of more than 1,200 worlds orbiting distant stars. Of these, approximately four dozen are candidates for being Earth's doppelgangers.

Claims Of UFO Sightings Over Islamic Landmark Spark Debate

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Dueling clips of a purported UFO hovering over Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine, on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, have created an online ruckus since s...

Mysterious Indonesian Crop Circles Spark UFO Suspicion

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Thousands of curious onlookers are flocking to central Indonesia to look at a "crop circle" in a rice field following rumors...

El Paso County Horse Mutilations Mystify Farmers

KDVR | Heidi Hemmat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

kdvr-mysterious-horse-deaths-has-fa-111810 EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -- A Colorado family is searching for answers after finding their horses carved u...

Alien Vaporware

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Seth Shostak

According to a story posted at Examiner, scientists have found three objects the size of Delaware entering the solar system. This is clearly a hoax. But these tales are more than a nuisance -- there's a certain amount of damage done by crying wolf.

New Zealand Military Releases UFO Files

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Talk about out-of-this-world: the BBC is reporting that New Zealand's military has just released hundreds of classified files, dating from 1954 to 200...

Friday Talking Points [148] -- Aliens Landing?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

So the good news this week was apparently that giant mutant space monsters are not, in fact, about to arrive and (assumably) enslave humankind and eat...

NASA Apologizes for Not Finding the Aliens

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alex Pasternack

Newspaper readers and internet users were doggone annoyed that NASA didn't discover a giant space alien, but only an arsenic-fueled microbe that blows apart our definition of life and could help us find aliens in the future.

NASA's Astrobiology Discovery: Arsenic-Eating Bacteria, Not 'Aliens'

AP | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The discovery of a strange bacteria that can use arsenic as one of its nutrients widens the scope for finding new forms of life on ...

Breakthrough In Search For Extraterrestrial Life? NASA To Announce Astrobiology Discovery Tomorrow

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Has NASA made a breakthrough in the search extraterrestrial life? That's what some are speculating after NASA sent out a curious press release announc...

Are We a Biological Miracle?

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Seth Shostak

A generous slice of the citizenry thinks we might be the cleverest creatures in the Milky Way. But the suggestion that we're a special case makes me uneasy. It implies our existence is a miracle, and after all, miracles are science's last resort.

Denver Rejects UFO Agency To Track Aliens

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER (AP) -- Denver residents have jettisoned a plan to officially track space aliens. The proposal defeated soundly Tuesday night would have estab...

New York UFO Sighting? Mystery Objects Provoke Internet Speculation

Jonah Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

New Yorkers are certainly a savvy bunch, which is why it's surprising that there is a lot of chatter on Twitter right now about an alleged UFO sightin...

Christianity And Extraterrestrial Life: Are The Gliesans Going To Hell?

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

In the Young Earth Creationist worldview, the sin of Adam affected more than just the Earth. "The Bible makes it clear that Adam's sin affected the whole universe," says Ham. "This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam's sin."

Join the Galactic Church?

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Seth Shostak

What if we found extraterrestrials, and discovered that they were religious? Would that prompt religious people us to toss out a few millennia of deistic doctrine and join ET's faith?

Con Games: Sky-Fi With The Event

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

"Look, up in the sky. It's a bird, it's a plane, it's......" Sorry, Superman. It is actually The Event, the latest television happening on NBC. I'm n...