Is anybody out there? What Darwin can teach us about how aliens might look

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Natural selection can help us to understand life on other planets – and how much we have in common with alien species  ‘Aliens might not have two legs, or any legs, but their structure, from an evolutionary standpoint, will be much more familiar than we might think.’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Aliens could be everywhere. There […]

No time for aliens: how the MoD tried to prove no one’s out there

Report collating a decade of UFO sightings in 1990s was intended to protect ministry from more X-Files inspired requests Lenticular UFO clouds over Perthshire, Scotland. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian It was 1997, the 50th anniversary of the suspected flying saucer crash at Roswell in New Mexico, and the heyday of the paranormal mystery […]

Nasa’s Golden Record may baffle alien life, say researchers

Extraterrestrials will discover a species that loves to argue and sees beauty in flowers that roar like chainsaws The Voyager Golden Records contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. Photograph: Nasa It was launched to the stars as a portrait of humanity: an alien’s guide to life […]