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‘Alien armada over Jupiter’ First contact with ALIEN LIFE will be welcomed by humans

A dedicated group of space boffins from across the globe have partnered to study attitudes towards the possibility of encountering alien life. The research team led by Professor Michael Barnum of Arizona State University, US, concluded that humans “will take it rather well”. Presenting their findings to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the researchers underlined the positive reactions will outweigh the negative ones. Professor Varnum joked at the AAAS: “Of course, I would also predict that if a hostile armada showed up near Jupiter, we wouldn’t be…

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Humanity WILL welcome ALIENS and 100 DISCOVERED planets may hold life, experts reveal

GETTY Humanity will welcome aliens and 100 discovered planets may hold life To examine public reaction to aliens, Prof Michael Varnum of Arizona State University and his colleagues looked at the language of 15 media articles. They were discoveries which were suggested to be evidence of alien life. They included Nasa’s announcement in 1996 of possible life on a Martian meteorite, and the dimming of “Tabby’s star”, which, it was proposed, could be down to an alien megastructure. Prof Michael Varnum said: “I think the consensus probably leans in the…

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Earthlings likely to be chill about discovery of alien life

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE “War of the Worlds. “Independence Day.” “Pacific Rim.” Hollywood is no stranger to tales of space aliens, and most seem to culminate in an epic fight to save the human race. But let’s say we discover space aliens not on Main Street but on some distant planet. Will we panic — or heave a global ho-hum? A new study suggests the latter response is the more likely one. For the research, a team led by Dr. Michael Varnum, an assistant professor of psychology at Arizona…

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Alien life discovery might not bring the response you’d expect

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE “War of the Worlds. “Independence Day.” “Pacific Rim.” Hollywood is no stranger to tales of space aliens, and most seem to culminate in an epic fight to save the human race. But let’s say we discover space aliens not on Main Street but on some distant planet. Will we panic — or heave a global ho-hum? A new study suggests the latter response is the more likely one. For the research, a team led by Dr. Michael Varnum, an assistant professor of psychology at Arizona…

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Technology 

The past, present and Afrofuturism of ‘Black Panther’ – CNET

There’s a secret at the heart of Marvel’s superhero adventure “Black Panther“: the African nation of Wakanda, bursting with advanced technology and hidden from the world. Afrofuturist icon Janelle Monae at the Los Angeles world premiere of “Black Panther” in January. Alberto E. Rodriguez But that’s not the only thing this Afrofuturist epic uncovers. By drawing directly from Africa as its source material, “Black Panther” gives us a new way to think about a past, present and future rarely seen in mainstream movies. (Here’s CNET’s review of the film, which…

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Trump picks politics over policy on immigration vote

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day’s most important political stories and why they matter WASHINGTON — In the immigration debate, President Trump had two options before him: 1) make a good-faith effort to reach a compromise on border security and DACA, or 2) keep immigration as a political issue for his base going into the 2018 midterms and 2020. He chose Door No. 2, at least when it came to the legislation the Senate considered this week. Think about…

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'We Must Confront This Problem.' Read Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Florida School Shooting

Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department will make responding to school shootings a priority. Speaking to the Major County Sheriffs’ Association Thursday, the attorney general said that the U.S. “must reverse these trends” and vowed to increase gun prosecutions. “It cannot be denied that something dangerous and unhealthy is happening, and we are once again, watching the images of our children— terrified— streaming from their school with their hands above their heads,” he said. “When parents, once again, go to sleep in fear that their kids will not be…

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Bill Paxton family sues hospital, doctor for wrongful death

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE LOS ANGELES — The family of Bill Paxton has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Los Angeles hospital and the surgeon who performed the actor’s heart surgery shortly before he died. The suit filed Friday against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center alleges the surgeon, used a “high risk and unconventional surgical approach” that was unnecessary and that he lacked the experience to perform, and that he downplayed the procedure’s risks. And it alleges the…

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President Trump’s Plan to End DACA Hits Another Legal Stumbling Block

A district judge ruled that the President relied on flawed legal positions More (NEW YORK) — President Donald Trump’s administration didn’t offer “legally adequate reasons” for ending a program that spared many young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. as children, a judge ruled Tuesday as he ordered the program to continue. U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in Brooklyn said in a written order that the Republican president “indisputably” has the power to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but relied on flawed…

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Alien message should NOT be opened or Earth faces DESTRUCTION – experts in shock warning

Responding to a message from an advanced extraterrestrial society could prove very costly to life as this could alert them to our whereabouts. Not only that, the message could contain vicious malware and spam which could contribute to the downfall of our society. The researchers point out in a paper titled “Interstellar communication. IX. Message decontamination is impossible”, due to the universal law of special relativity, which suggests that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, aliens would find it easy to wipe us out using technology from…

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