US Navy sailors inside an amphibious assault ship—or a lost Aliens scene

The US Navy sailors in this photo are directing a landing hovercraft "into the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge in the Atlantic Ocean, July 29, 2014." The scene is so cinematic that it could have been filmed onboard the USS Sulaco. It only needs some Power Loaders. » 8/04/14 9:40pm 8/04/14 9:40pm

No One Knows What's Causing These Mysterious Radio Bursts From Space

Back in 2007, astronomers detected an incredibly brief, incredibly strong radio wave burst in Australia. And now, on the opposite side of the world, astronomers have detected a second blast of similar proportions. Meaning that A) the first one wasn't a fluke, and B) we have absolutely no idea what's causing them. » 7/28/14 4:08pm 7/28/14 4:08pm

How Would Alien Astronomers Find Earth?

This weekend, astronomers announced the discovery of the most Earth-like planet anyone has identified yet. The search of habitable planets is intensifying—and with it, questions about whether we're looking for the exoplanets the right way. For starters, figuring out how Earth would look to aliens is actually pretty… » 6/30/14 1:00pm 6/30/14 1:00pm

NASA Will Send Your Messages To Aliens Into Outer Space

Last year, when Voyager I left our solar system for the lonely pastures of interstellar space, it carried a message for extraterrestrial life: A golden record containing images and words selected by Carl Sagan and others. But that was almost 40 years ago. Now, NASA is making a whole new message from the Earthlings of… » 6/25/14 3:45pm 6/25/14 3:45pm

The very first E.T. designs would have scarred every kid's brain forever

I never liked E.T. I must be the only kid in the planet who hated that freaky thing when it came out. But these initial designs by the amazing Rick Baker—the true ancestors of the iconic marooned alien—would have scarred my brain forever. He recently published them in his Twitter account. » 5/28/14 10:40pm 5/28/14 10:40pm

Zigzagging light of unknown origin spotted in Hawaii (Updated)

There's nothing more befuddling than looking up at the sky and seeing a strange light appear out of nowhere. Your adult brain tells you it can't be what you want it to be but when you check with adult-brained officials, they're clueless too. That's what just happened in Hawaii. A mysterious zigzagging light popped up… » 5/21/14 5:10am 5/21/14 5:10am

NASA is getting ready to communicate with aliens (Update 4)

"We can say little, if anything, about what these patterns [above] signify, why they were cut into rocks, or who created them. For all intents and purposes, they might have been made by aliens." When a new NASA book on alien communications has a paragraph like that, you better pay attention. » 5/21/14 12:21am 5/21/14 12:21am

Kick ass dad made a giant Aliens power loader costume for his baby

Having a kid is a lot of responsibility but if you're a man-sized child, it can also be a lot of fun. Take Carsten Riewe, for example, he made a Caterpillar P5000 Powerloader costume from the movie Aliens for his 13-month-old daughter. What's the point of having kids if you can't do crazy things like that! » 3/10/14 8:32pm 3/10/14 8:32pm

Submarine cave video is both stunningly beautiful and terrifying

It's human nature to look up at the stars and wonder what's out there. Becoming an astronaut and going outer space is every kid's dream. But sometimes it's more eye opening to explore what's here. Like in the ocean. Like deep underwater. Like inside alien-looking caves. It's utterly terrifying. » 2/19/14 11:34pm 2/19/14 11:34pm

Why It's So Hard to Find Alien LIfe

A big reason why the Fermi paradox has punch is the matter of time. Max Tegmark gets into this in his excellent new book Our Mathematical Universe (Knopf, 2014), where he runs through what many thinkers on the subject have noted: Our Sun is young enough that countless stars and the planets that orbit them must have… » 2/14/14 11:00am 2/14/14 11:00am

Scottish scientists awarded grant to build alien-detecting laser device

A group of Scottish scientists were recently awarded a £250,000 grant to build an infrared laser device to seek out new life (i.e. small, earth-like planets that orbit stars) and new civilizations (planets capable of containing life), and boldly explore where no man has gone before (basically distant planetary systems » 1/19/14 7:13pm 1/19/14 7:13pm

What if the rest of the alien universe was terrified of humans?

In almost every sci-fi movie worth re-watching, it seems that us humans are always less technologically advanced, dumber and only serve as a mere speed bump into an alien race eliminating humans to take over our planet and suck Earth dry of its resources. We're always the weaker ones in alien wars. Well, what if we're… » 1/09/14 10:45pm 1/09/14 10:45pm

This clear purple sea creature is proof the ocean is where aliens hide

Say hi to the Portuguese man o' war. It's purple, it's clear, it looks like a balloon, it's painfully venomous, but it's not a jellyfish and you wouldn't have to convince me too hard that it's from an alien world. This Portuguese man o' war, which other than being a fantastic name, washed up on a beach to freak people… » 12/31/13 7:34pm 12/31/13 7:34pm