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Aliens have fully invaded Fortnite this season, and players are battling parasites while also trying to communicate with the invaders. This is a lot to take in, so let us take a look at how to take on a parasite and gain some XP for setting up communications with the creatures from outer space… Parasites, The Good Kind? Typically, parasites are a bad thing, but in the case of Fortnite, it appears to be a symbiotic relationship if our biology classes taught us anything. The leech-like alien parasites in the game attach themselves to any living organism in the area, including chickens, boars, wolves, or other players. If the host organism is killed or you stumble upon a green egg that hatches... Read more...
From E.T to The Arrival, and UFO hunting TV shows galore, humans have always been fascinated with the possibility of finding life beyond the confines of Earth, be it real or fictional. In that endeavor, scientists are employing new technologies to try and detect signs of life on other planets, and it may happen sooner than you might think. According to one researcher, a new telescope attached to the Deep Space Network (DSN - NASA’s international array of giant radio antennas) could detect life signatures on other planets in as little as 60 hours, but more realistically within the next five to ten years. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is the successor to the Hubble telescope... Read more...
Last month, Epic Games brought some sweet 1980s nostalgia to Fortnite with the arrival of a Terminatorcrossover complete with the T-800 and Sarah Connor. Now, Fortnite is back with an accurate portrayal of another kickass female lead in science fiction: Ellen Ripley. But just as Sarah Connor came paired up with T-800, Ripley is joined by her nemesis: a "get away from her, you b*tch" Xenomorph. There's no word on whether its acid for blood is portrayed in the game, but I know that the hordes of Xenomorphs from Aliens haunted my dreams as a kid (probably because of the lightning-fast and piercing inner mouth). Ripley, looking quite like the incomparable Sigourney Weaver, comes... Read more...
  Are you currently stuck in a meaningless and boring job? Do you like science fiction movies like Independence Day (the first one, not that crappy second one) and Men in Black? Do you have a hankering to work for NASA? Well, there might be job opening that has your name written all over it. Because… Aliens. NASA has a new job opening for what it calls a “Planetary Protection Officer”, whose duties will be to help protect the Earth from alien infestations. More specifically, the job posting describes, “Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.” In other words, the Planetary Protection Officer... Read more...
Since he brought to light the enormous spying efforts of the US government two years ago, Edward Snowden has opened our eyes to a slew of related and (sometimes, not so related) topics. Some are not quite expected, though, such as one he revealed during a chat with Neil deGrasse Tyson on his StarTalk podcast. Essentially, encryption could harm our chances of making contact with aliens. E.T. phone home? Not easily done with encryption. During the chat, Snowden says that if encryption is implemented really well, then it wouldn't be recognizable as encryption at all. Instead, it'd simply be random noise. Because of that, if aliens managed to pick up a signal, it could simply be chalked up as randomness,... Read more...