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SETI Predicts We’ll Find Intelligent Alien Life By 2040

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system Gliese 667Scientists like to debate theories about aliens — are they out there? Where? Which planets are most likely to harbor life? If aliens are out there, why haven’t they contacted us? The truth is, no one really knows, and no one will until we come into contact with alien life (and unless, but I think this is a “when,” not an “if,” proposition). Especially intelligent alien life, which the chief astronomer from SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) predicts will happen around 2040.

I first became aware of SETI the same way as many people — by downloading the SETI@home screensaver that helps analyze radio signals. That program has now been augmented by setiQuest, which taps into the global community via a bunch of cool apps, such as the SETIsyncProb that allows users to sync radio wave detection ranges with the lifespan of those ranges to generate a “snapshot” of radio wave activity. SETI was one of the first programs ever designed to use and demonstrate the effectiveness of volunteer brainpower — it’s kind of like crowdsourcing, except easier (at least the screensavers are). But thus far, all those computers and all those radio waves analyzed by SETI and its volunteers have turned up nothing. Lack of evidence isn’t proof of nonexistence, though — far from it. And the better astronomers get at identifying and scanning star systems, the more likely it is that they’ll find something.

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The 10 Most Loveable Alien Creatures In Science Fiction

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Anyone who spends a moment thinking it over can name an array of alien creatures that are memorable. Science fiction is rife with critters that have made an impact on fans in an indelible fashion. The Buggers in Ender’s Game made us ultimately look at ourselves and question whether the monsters who will arrive to destroy humanity aren’t already there in the mirror. But no one ever remembers the aliens that demand to be hugged and squeezed and loved.

These are the ones being honored today. The most trustworthy and loyal of friends, cutest balls of joys, and most earnest of alien friends have too long been ignored. Sure, some creatures on the list below do have a layered lesson to teach, but each is loveable in their own way.

Of course an alien is not going to be loveable in exactly the same way a human is, or even a pet. In order for a sci fi creature to be considered it has to first of all actually be an alien (sorry Gizmo, you’re cute but also some sort of demony rat thing). Once we’ve established the alien cred, there’s one simple question to be answered: does the alien bring about honest to goodness joy? Misty eyes, an audible sigh, and a knowing smile to yourself are all good signs you’ve found yourself a loveable alien.