Since 1966 people have been pointing at Star Trek and asking "How come all the aliens speak English?" They go on to point out the impossibility of a universal translator, make fun of the show and basically prove that they couldn't have missed the point any harder if it was on the asteroid of Pluto. Of course, the reason a magic device can let everyone talk to each other is that forty-five minutes of people saying "I'm sorry, what?" is terrible television. But recent advances at the University of California might show that those nit-pickers aren't just petty-minded pedants, but flat-out wrong.
Scientists from around the world are discussing how to improve the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program after 50 years of "The Great Silence" at The Sound of Silence conference, being held at Arizona State University
"Have we been looking in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong way?" ASU astrophysicist Paul Davies told the New Scientist. "SETI's big mistake is that it's relying on ET to do all the heavy lifting," Princeton University astrophysicist Richard Gott said. According to Gott, if the aliens have the same attitude as us, "we'll all just be sitting round listening".
In the upcoming film, The Invasion, Nicole Kidman plays a psychiatrist who discovers the secret of an extraterrestrial epidemic that alters human behavior.
Experiments by an international team of researchers back a controversial theory that life flourished on Earth after primitive organisms arrived aboard a meteorite, itself gouged from by a giant impact.
The theory supposes that life was able to gain a tentative foothold on the red planet as it cooled down and became more hospitable several billion years ago. At the time, the planet's surface was regularly bombarded with rocky detritus from the asteroid belt, knocking clumps of rock and the microbes living on them into space, where the gravity of the sun brought them hurtling towards Earth.
Could similar clumps of rock strike Earth today and spread more hostile, alien microbes and virus?
It's plausible, and provides the necessary "willing suspension of disblief" that could make the upcoming new film, The Invasion, starring Nicole Kidman a blockbuster. Invasion is a remake of the 1956 sci-fi film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.The film has been remade twice and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
"Body Snatchers" has been read as both an allegory for the loss of personal autonomy under Communism and as a satire of McCarthyist paranoia about Communism during the early stages of the Cold War.
In the remake, Kidman will portray Carol, a Washington D.C. psychiatrist who suspects that the origins of a mysterious mental epidemic which changes the inhabitants' personalities, are not of this world. The woman must stop the aliens from getting to her son, who may be the only person who can put an end to the aliens' invasion.
Link to Origins of Life Theory