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Misunderstandings and an Alien Invasion
"A giant of a man wearing what looked like the American flag as some sort of armour was storming towards him from the ground. From above, a red and gold flying metal robot dove towards them. And directly in front of him, an alien struggled through the wreckage of its hovercraft with a snarl and a deadly looking gun. Sometimes he had to pause a moment to wonder how he got himself into these situations." (13,556 words) Second in the Misunderstandings Series
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yesterday by elwarre
Shibboleths - zeitgeistic (faire_weather) - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
Muggle Immersion co-Professor Harry Potter spends his days hanging with his son, reading to his "dog," teaching magical kids about the internet with his cousin Dudley, and irritating Snape’s portrait. He’s understandably annoyed when his cosy life is interrupted by the Headmistress hiring on Draco Malfoy to be Hogwarts’ new Ancient Magical Cultures and Spellcasting professor. But then the explosion happens, and it turns out they'll all need Malfoy's knowledge if they want the magical world to survive.
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22 days ago by miss_speller
Have Aliens Found Us? An Interview with the Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb About the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua | The New Yorker
Neat.

“I should say, just as background, I do not view the possibility of a technological civilization as speculative, for two reasons. The first is that we exist. And the second is that at least a quarter of the stars in the Milky Way galaxy have a planet like Earth, with surface conditions that are very similar to Earth, and the chemistry of life as we know it could develop. If you roll the dice so many times, and there are tens of billions of stars in the Milky Way, it is quite likely we are not alone.”

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“An advanced technological civilization is a good approximation to God. Suppose you took a cell phone and showed it to a caveperson. The caveperson would say it was a nice rock. The caveperson is used to rocks. So now imagine this object—‘Oumuamua—being the iPhone and us being the cave people. We look at it and say it’s a rock. It’s just an unusual rock. The point of this analogy is that, for a caveperson, the technologies we have today would have been magic. They would have been God-given.”
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22 days ago by alexpriest
Have Aliens Found Us? An Interview with the Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb About the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua | The New Yorker
I recently spoke by phone with Loeb, who was frustrated that scientists saw ‘Oumuamua too late in its journey to photograph the object. “My motivation for writing the paper is to alert the community to pay a lot more attention to the next visitor,” he told me. During our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, we discussed why Loeb thinks we need to consider the possibility that ‘Oumuamua was sent by aliens, the dangers of unscientific speculation, and what belief in an advanced extraterrestrial civilization has in common with faith in God.
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4 weeks ago by since1968
Have Aliens Found Us? An Interview with the Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb About the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua | The New Yorker
Isaac Chotiner interviews Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard’s astronomy department, about the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua and the possibility that it was sent by an extraterrestrial civilization.
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4 weeks ago by CMSFoundation
SurelyHeavenWaits - Strange Lights In the Night Sky
Izuku is just your typical part-time college student. He works two jobs, lives at home with his mom, and has anxiety/depression so bad that it's crippling. Sure, sometimes he sees things that aren't there, hears whispers in empty rooms, notices strange lights that flicker in the night sky. But he's normal.

Oh, and his new dog? He's totally normal too. He's definitely not an alien.
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5 weeks ago by hear-the-rain
If true, this could be one of the greatest discoveries in human history - U.S. News - Haaretz.com
“The only hypothesis I could think of,” he relates, “is a push from solar radiation pressure. For that to work, the object would have to be very thin, less than a millimeter thick, in other words a type of pancake. In addition, the Spitzer Space Telescope found no evidence of heat emission from the object, and that means that it is at least 10 times more reflective than a typical comet or asteroid. What we have, then, is a thin, flat, shiny object. So I arrived at the idea of a solar sail: A solar sail is a spaceship that uses the sun for propulsion. Instead of using fuel, it is propelled ahead by reflecting light. In fact, it’s a technology that our civilization is developing at this very time.”
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5 weeks ago by yorksranter

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