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Was It a Good Idea to Beam Our Best Techno to an Alien World? Was It a Good Idea to Beam Our Best Techno to an Alien World?

In the year 2030, a powerful radio transmission originating from Earth will arrive at a potentially habitable exoplanet located approximately 12.4 light years away. Should any alien intelligence be there to receive it, they’re in for quite a treat: This binary stream of data contains short musical clips from some of…

You've Never Seen Your Favorite Pop Culture Weapons Quite Like This You've Never Seen Your Favorite Pop Culture Weapons Quite Like This

Some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy franchises are defined by the weapons in them. Star Wars has its lightsabers. Zelda’s Link has his Master Sword. These are the touchstones of each property, and artist Matt Ritchie is reimagining them all in a beautiful, colorful new way.

1990s Alien Drama Roswell Is Getting a Reboot With an 'Immigrant Twist' 1990s Alien Drama Roswell Is Getting a Reboot With an 'Immigrant Twist'

Get out your bottles of hot sauce, Roswell fans—the cult-beloved WB drama about photogenic aliens in you-know-which New Mexico town is making a return. It’s heading to the CW with a new script from Carina MacKenzie, producer of Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals.

'80s Alien-Abduction Adventure Flight of the Navigator Is Getting a Remake '80s Alien-Abduction Adventure Flight of the Navigator Is Getting a Remake

Thanks to It and Stranger Things, it makes sense that any scifi or fantasy property that revolves around scrappy kids would get put on the fast track. And a new one has entered the fray, plucked from the same era that inspired those two hits: a remake of 1986 kid-meets-aliens adventure Flight of the Navigator.

Love and Saucers Is a Sweet Little Documentary That'll Make You Believe in Aliens Love and Saucers Is a Sweet Little Documentary That'll Make You Believe in Aliens

David Huggins is a 72-year-old man who believes he lost his virginity to an alien. He also believes he’s been visited by aliens for the majority of his life. It’s an easy story to laugh at, but in Brad Abraham’s documentary Love and Saucers, you want to believe Huggins. And, frankly, it’s hard not to.

Of Course Steven Spielberg Believes in Aliens Of Course Steven Spielberg Believes in Aliens

Yup, Steven Spielberg believes in aliens. As if you expected anything different from the man who made E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, War of the Worlds and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Curiosity Has Discovered Something That Raises More Questions About Life on Mars Curiosity Has Discovered Something That Raises More Questions About Life on Mars

Everyone from David Bowie to astrobiologists to tinfoil hat believers has pondered the question: is there life on Mars? While we’ve found direct evidence of liquid water on the Red Planet, we have yet to find any microbes there. But not all hope is lost—new discoveries from NASA’s Curiosity rover have brought forth…

What Would Aliens Look Like? What Would Aliens Look Like?

As the absurdity on our home planet grows, so does humanity’s curiosity about life beyond 1 AU. Of course, wildly speculating about aliens is nothing new: it’s been fueling many facets of science fiction for years. But recently-proposed missions to“Ocean worlds” that could harbor microbial life make the search for…

Here Are the Messages NASA Should Not Beam Into Deep Space Here Are the Messages NASA Should Not Beam Into Deep Space

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is one of the universe’s only unproblematic faves. For over 39 years, it’s been cruising along in space, flying by Saturn and the Kuiper Belt, doing nothing but beaming back beautiful photos and scientific research. Now, the intrepid spacecraft—skirting serenely in interstellar space—is…

Don't Get Too Excited About Alien Life on Tau Ceti Don't Get Too Excited About Alien Life on Tau Ceti

Mildly encouraging news for Earthlings hoping to escape the scorched ruins of our own planet: A team of astronomers has found evidence for four Earth-sized (ish) worlds orbiting tau Ceti, a Sun-like star located just 12 light years away. Two of these planets, the researchers say, might barely be on the edge of the…

NASA Isn't Hiring Someone to Stop an Alien Invasion, You Jabronis NASA Isn't Hiring Someone to Stop an Alien Invasion, You Jabronis

These days, reading anything (e.g. the news) feels like squeezing your head into a Juicero. Just when I thought we had hit the apex of bad reporting and general dystopia, today, several outlets ran stories about NASA hiring someone “to defend Earth from aliens.” It quickly skyrocketed to become the top story on…

Stranger Things' Paul Reiser Ponders Who Would Win in a Fight, the Alien or the Demogorgon Stranger Things' Paul Reiser Ponders Who Would Win in a Fight, the Alien or the Demogorgon

The most inspired addition to the Stranger Things season two cast is Paul Reiser, someone genre fans love to hate for his role as the sleazy Burke in Aliens. So obviously, we had to ask this uniquely qualified actor the ultimate scifi monster question: who’d win in a brawl, the Alien or the Demogorgon?

A Hulking Gladiator Hulk Figure, the Return of Tickle Me Elmo, and all the Best Toys of the Week A Hulking Gladiator Hulk Figure, the Return of Tickle Me Elmo, and all the Best Toys of the Week

Second only to Toy Fair back in February, this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con brought us more toy news than our wallets can reasonably take. Many of the reveals were only available on the convention floor, but there will still plenty of announcements you can look forward to as we creep closer to the holidays.…

Ridley Scott Has an Idea to Work Ripley Into His Alien Prequels Ridley Scott Has an Idea to Work Ripley Into His Alien Prequels

Simply put, Ellen Ripley is the Alien franchise. Even though her adversary gets the title, Ripley is the star of the first four films, and her story is what ties everything together. So the fact that director Ridley Scott has an idea to work her back into his films isn’t a surprise. But the way he wants to do it might…

GTA Online Players Activate Secret Alien Mission Early [UPDATE] GTA Online Players Activate Secret Alien Mission Early [UPDATE]

After years of hunting, digging through the code and searching every inch of the game, GTA V fans have finally found life from beyond the stars. And because this is GTA, of course the discovery is tied to digital theft and murder.

Here's What the Next Alien Prequel Needs to Do (and What It Needs to Avoid) Here's What the Next Alien Prequel Needs to Do (and What It Needs to Avoid)

Though Alien: Covenant was basically met with the audience equivalent of a shrug, director Ridley Scott has plans for at least one more Alien prequel film, with a script already in hand. We have no idea where the story is heading next. But as rabid Alien fans, we have some suggestions... and some demands.

Why We Should Look For Alien Megastructures Around Pulsars Why We Should Look For Alien Megastructures Around Pulsars

Some day in the far future, it’s possible our descendants will kick it up a notch and wrap the entire Sun in a massive solar-collecting shell known as a Dyson Sphere. It’s also possible that some advanced alien civilizations have already gone this route, which is why some SETI folks are on the lookout for these…

Predator Is Brilliant Because It's Rambo, But With an Alien Predator Is Brilliant Because It's Rambo, But With an Alien

As Hollywood legend tells it, 1987's Predator—which turns 30 today—was directly inspired by the Rocky series. But the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic even more closely resembles Sylvester Stallone’s other big 1980s franchise, Rambo, specifically 1985's First Blood Part II. The major difference is that Predator improves…

The Actual Skywalker Lightsaber From Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back Is Up for Auction The Actual Skywalker Lightsaber From Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back Is Up for Auction

Even before it became crucial to The Force Awakens, the lightsaber passed from Anakin to Luke Skywalker, though Obi-Wan Kenobi, was the iconic weapon in the Star Wars series. And later this month, one of the screen-used props from the first two films is going up for auction.

Hibernating Aliens Could Explain the Great Silence Hibernating Aliens Could Explain the Great Silence

We have yet to find any traces of extraterrestrial intelligence, a vexing problem known as the Fermi Paradox. A new solution to the “where are all the aliens?” conundrum suggests that advanced aliens do exist—but they’re in a self-imposed state of hibernation, waiting for a future era of the cosmos in which they can…

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