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Oumuamua: cigar-shaped UFO might have been an alien probe • NY Mag
Eric Levitz:
<p>In October of last year, a mysterious, cigar-shaped interstellar object fell through our solar system at an extraordinary speed. When the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii first discovered “Oumuamua” — the object’s official nickname, meaning “a messenger who reaches out from the distant past” in Hawaiian — researchers assumed that it was an ordinary comet or asteroid. But the longer they observed Oumuamua, the more improbable that hypothesis appeared: After all, what kind of asteroid is ten times longer than it is wide, and suddenly accelerates in speed, for no discernible astrophysical reason?

A new paper from scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics offers an answer: the kind of asteroid that is actually a solar-powered component of an alien spacecraft that broke off its mothership while investigating Earth’s solar system.

Specifically, the paper postulates that Oumuamua is a “solar sail” — an object that propels itself through space by channeling solar energy, which is a technology that intelligent life-forms (such as they are) on Earth have already developed. This hypothesis would explain why Oumuamua suddenly accelerated while traveling through our solar system.</p>

You look at it and you think: actually, could be. Though plenty of scientists really don't think so.
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5 days ago by charlesarthur
'Oumuamua could be an alien device, say Harvard scientists
That odd-shaped visitor from beyond our solar system, 'Oumuamua (Hawaiian for "scout"), has been fascinating from the moment it arrived: It's a spaceship, it's a rock, it's a comet, it's not a comet.
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6 days ago by kogakure
Resonant - John/Rodney, E --- 5,892

Aliens force John and Rodney not to have sex.
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14 days ago by we.are.golden
Interstellar Comet ’Oumuamua Might Not Actually Be a Comet | Quanta Magazine
The mystery of ’Oumuamua, the first interstellar object ever observed, continues to deepen. A new analysis argues that if it were a comet, it would have broken apart as it passed near the sun.
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23 days ago by gmisra
Ars Arboreous - mahoni - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
Sheppard is captured off-world by something the Ancients left behind.
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27 days ago by miss_speller
Proof of life: how would we recognise an alien if we saw one? | Aeon Ideas
“We can’t say whether the alien will have eyes, or limbs, or be green. That’s not the kind of prediction good evolutionary theory can make. But natural selection tells us that its forms, goals and evolutionary pathways are constrained”
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29 days ago by JohnDrake
Q: What interface does , , , and have in common?

A: Sleeping pods…
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5 weeks ago by joshd
[Alien] Doctors of Reddit, how would you have removed the face-hugger from Kane's face? : AskScienceFiction
"Since the host seems to need to be alive, I would "kill" the host pharmacologically - stop the heart (and maybe paralyze the lungs) with meds. The hope would be that the facehugger would detach itself or at least loosen its grip."
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6 weeks ago by danhon
The Perils of Eavesdropping - Elayna - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
After overhearing a strange conversation, Rodney begins researching a mysterious man in black.
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6 weeks ago by miss_speller
that will break you
Summary: Life can break your bones. It can also stitch you back together.
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