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Our Difficulty Finding Alien Life Explained in This Quirky “Fermi’s Paradox” Animation

Just becuase there may be alien life out there doesn’t mean we’ll ever find it (but that’s okay).

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There are few things that both tantalize and frustrate scientists and sci-fi fans alike as the possibility of finding life on distant worlds. The discovery of intelligent alien life would be the single most significant moment in the history of the human race. But, for all the estimated billions upon billions of stars and planets floating in the vast expanse of our universe, there’s been no sign—not a peep, blip, or radio frequency ping—to indicate that there’s anyone out there.

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NASA Chief Predicts Evidence of Aliens by 2025

Recent discoveries regarding water on other planets have scientists optimistic that we’re not alone in the universe.

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At a panel discussion yesterday, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan predicted that humans would discover evidence of alien life by 2025. According to the NASA website, Tuesday’s hour-long event focused on “the recent discoveries of water and organics in our solar system, the role our sun plays in water-loss in neighboring planets, and our search for habitable worlds among the stars.” The LA Times reports that the organization draws its newfound optimism about E.T.s from a number of new revelations regarding water on Mars and Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter. The Times quotes Stofan:

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The CIA’s Declassified UFO Files Are Now Available Online

The storied Project Blue Book case files are teeming with UFOs.

The CIA's legendary Project Blue Book is now fully declassified and available to read online. An official investigation by the CIA into the existence of UFOs, aliens and all the other eerie stuff that The X-Files is made of, Project Blue Book, also known as Project Sign and Project Grudge, existed from the late 1940s through 1967. Read all of its 140,000 pages and more than 10,000 case files on UFO enthusiast John Greenewald's website The Black Vault.

Some choice excerpts and images:

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Feast Your Eyes: Horror Movie Sound Effects in the Produce Aisle

In which horror movie sound effects are made by ripping apart celery stalks and punching cabbage.

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In this short promo, Tim Prebble, a film sound designer with whole slew of B-movies to his name, shows us how to make the stomach-churning sound effects that bring flesh-eating zombies and alien goop to life—by massacring vegetables. He rips celery from its heart, stalk by stalk, machetes squash, and creates a hideous squelchy sucking sound by jamming his fingers deep into a cantaloupe. So now you know: Vegetables really are scary!

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