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July 15, 2019 @ 9:10 pm

PoT Shot #4 - Random Times

Unexpectedly had to postpone our Saw 1 and 2 discussion with Mike Hickey due to a flat tire so we tested a new streaming method and talked long enough that we decided it was an episode!

Listen at your own risk, kids. 

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July 10, 2019 @ 11:42 pm

Marking Time and William Shatner’s The UnXplained # 260

How to keep track of time in space, William Shatner’s new mystery series, The UnXplained premiers this month, and a couple of sightings from one of our listeners.

 

The Question

In the movie, Edge of Tomorrow, aliens are able to manipulate time by forcing humans to relive the same day. If aliens are able to manipulate time, do you think it would be localized or would it affect all of space-time?

News

The UFO community still believes — and science is starting to listen

We appear to be on the cusp of an era where humans live outside this pale blue dot. According to some newly leaked NASA documents, the agency hopes to build a moon base by 2028.

There are serious technical hurdles to establishing space settlements and enduring long-term flights: How will humans grow food? What happens to our waste? But there are also squishier, logistical ones that we take for granted here on Earth. One of the first things we’ll need to figure out is how to keep track of time.

The solution might seem straightforward: just bring a watch and a calendar, and mark off the days! And yes, this is how the only full-time space settlement—the International Space Station—handles things. The crew of the ISS operates on Greenwich Mean Time and, via their close contact with Earth, gets updates on the time.

GMT For Space

But there are challenges to keeping space dwellers on an Earth-bound time-keeping system. One is the practicality of using a time-keeping system that ignores your local reality. Keeping astronauts on a 24-hour, GMT-based system makes things easier for ground control, but trying to keep Earth hours takes a toll on astronauts’ sleep, as their circadian rhythms are thrown off by the comparatively erratic light cycle: The ISS orbits Earth every 90 minutes, so over the course of a typical 24-hour Earth “day,” the crew sees 16 sunrises and sunsets.

Astronomers, science-fiction writers, and enthusiastic hobbyists have presented a range of proposals for new time-keeping systems for potential space settlements. Mars has particular intrigue to those dreaming of space settlements. Thomas Gangale, creator of the Darian calendar, came up with his design in 1985. “If we’re going to send people to Mars and settle it, they’ll need to reckon time according to the natural rhythms of the planet,” Gangale says. His system adapts our traditional Earth time-keeping methods to the rotation and solar orbit of Mars. While Earth rotates once every 23 hours and 56 minutes, Mars’ rotation is slightly longer: A Martian day is just shy of 24 hours and 40 minutes, a unit astronomers call a sol. Mars’ solar orbit is about twice as long as Earth’s: It takes 687 Earth days to our 365, which comes to 668 sols.

What's In A Day

We could just leave time measurement at the sol level, and in fact, some Mars calendar proposals suggest that. On Earth, the Julian calendar assigns each Earth day a number, counting up from Jan. 1, 4713 B.C., as “Day 0,” which makes it easier to calculate day-based milestones like use-by dates for food. A Mars sol-based calendar would work similarly, counting up from a “Day 0” we’d need to decide on.

Currently, engineers take care of this issue by translating between precise Earth time and the spacecraft’s USO time readings. But as we get deeper into space or need to perform more instantaneous maneuvers, depending on Earth time would quickly become cumbersome. While the lag between Earth and the moon is only about a second, that balloons to between seven and 22 minutes between here and Mars, depending on the relative positions of the two planets, which varies over the course of its orbits.

Seubert is the deputy principal investigator of a team of NASA engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory building the first deep space atomic clock. “Right now, every spacecraft out there through deep space is being navigated by people on Earth; we compute the trajectory solution on Earth and upload it to the spacecraft,” says Seubert. Instead of relying on communications with Earth, spacecraft could carry their own atomic clocks, enabling them to keep more precise local time, which will in turn allow them to compute their own locations and execute maneuvers without help from back home.

In late June, the deep space atomic clock hitched a ride into space aboard a SpaceX rocket; beginning in August, JPL scientists will evaluate the clock for a year to determine its stability.

GPS Issues

Plus, it will be necessary for other technologies necessary for a space colony, both as a time keeper and for local GPS. Sci-fi movies often show astronauts driving around on the lunar or Mars surface with a map screen showing their progress. Currently, that’s not possible, but a deep space atomic clock could provide precise enough time and location to support that real-time tracking.

So far, most of the space time-keeping ideas floated have been modeled on what we do here on Earth. It may not be practical, but perhaps settlers will take the opportunity of leaving our planet to devise entirely new conventions.

Story was written by Jane C. Hu

More here: https://slate.com/technology/2019/07/space-settlement-time-sols-darian-calendar.html

The Unxplained: History Launches Anthology Series, Hosted by EP William Shatner

HISTORY will premiere the nonfiction series “The UnXplained,” hosted and executive produced by Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® winning actor William Shatner (Star Trek, “Boston Legal”) on Friday, July 19 at 10pm ET/PT. The eight-episode, one-hour anthology series will tackle subjects that have mystified mankind for centuries, from mysterious structures and cursed ancient cities to extraterrestrial sightings and bizarre rituals. 

“I’m thrilled to be hosting and producing the new HISTORY series ‘The UnXplained” said Shatner. “It’s an intriguing show that will offer viewers credible answers to questions about mysterious phenomena, while also leaving other theories left unexplained.”

From Executive Producer Kevin Burns, the creator and producer of HISTORY’s most popular series, including “Ancient Aliens” and cable’s #1 nonfiction series “The Curse of Oak Island,” “The UnXplained” will explore facts behind the world’s most strange and bizarre mysteries. Hosted by Shatner, the series will also feature contributions from top scientists, historians, engineers and researchers – each seeking to shed light on how the seemingly impossible can happen.

The Line-Up

“The UnXplained” joins HISTORY’s Friday night programming block which includes “Ancient Aliens,” one of the network’s longest running nonfiction series which reached over 80 million total viewers across total day in 2018 and the limited nonfiction series “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation,” where former intelligence officials break boundaries and perceived government taboo by disclosing information about efforts being made to change government policy surrounding UFO phenomena; and the hit scripted series “Project Blue Book,” from executive producer Robert Zemeckis and recently renewed for season two, based on the true investigations into UFOs and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force in the 1950s and 1960s.

Story was written by Doris Elin Salazar at https://www.space.com/

More here: https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/the-unxplained-history-launches-anthology-series-hosted-by-ep-william-shatner/

Sighting

Listener Dylan took this image of a UFOImage from Listener Dylan

 

This sighting is actually a little unusual, in that we didn’t go looking for it, it came to us. This week’s sighting actually contains two sightings from one of our listeners. Dylan is from the Sacramento California area. 

We received our first sighting from Dylan on Jun 8, 2019. "A couple of days ago I saw a green light above someone's house not too many blocks away. All I remember is that it was windy that night. It was there for over six seconds, and it disappeared. It didn't blink or anything. I thought I should tell someone though. "

Sun, Jun 9, 4:42 PM: "I just found out that it is most likely not an alien because that is the direction of the airport."

This was sent to us. Tue, Jun 18 (13 days ago), over his home (which is somewhere in Sacramento County is our guess):

"I found something else.  Do you guys have any idea what it is? If this is a real sighting here is some more information (the time, temperature, and the humidity)."

Picks and Warnings

Rim of the World - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8179388/

OTHER INFORMATION

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Opening theme – Alien Syndrome by Monkey Warhol https://soundcloud.com/monkeywarhol/alien-syndrome

Closing theme – Be Water by Rettward von Doernberg https://thecaravel.net

Between Segment Audio – Lunar Orbit by Monkey Warhol
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/The_Darwin_LP/Monkey_Warhol_-_05_-_Lunar_Orbit

Disclaimer audio recorded by Ben Olson – http://www.benolson.com

Featured image - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Shatner_by_Gage_Skidmore_2.jpg
Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

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July 7, 2019 @ 10:27 pm

Behind the Mask - PoT #157

Anthony Raus, creator of The Audition and the upcoming movie Absolution stops by to talk about one of his favorite movies.

Next week: Saw 1 and 2 with Mike Hickey.

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June 30, 2019 @ 11:27 pm

The Purge - PoT #156

Next week: Behind the Mask with Anthony Raus

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June 26, 2019 @ 1:08 pm

The Sound of Space Music, Black Hole Pics, and Chestnut Ridge - Alien Invasion #259

Music for Space, Scientists attempt to photograph a black hole, and a cigar shaped UFO in Rhode Island.

 

The Question

If there are indeed planets with life, do you think those beings worry about UFOs or conspiracy theories regarding the government covering up signs of extraterrestrial life? (I guess what I am asking is… are aliens as paranoid as humans?)

 

News

The UFO community still believes — and science is starting to listen

Music has long been known to affect people's mood. A certain tune can lift you up or bring you to tears, make you focus, relax or even run faster. Now a study is investigating how the power of music may improve human performance in one of the most stressful and alien environments we know – space.

Music can help release a cocktail of hormones that have a positive effect on us: oxytocin, endorphin, serotonin and dopamine. Besides the pleasure we get from it, music can be used to prolong efficiency and reduce anxiety.

Stress factors in space can lead to disrupted sleep, impaired time perception and spatial orientation.

"Space appeared to me as the perfect testing ground to use anti-stress music," says violin teacher Luis Luque Álvarez, whose 'Music for space' project puts the psycho-physiological research of music at the service of space exploration.

Story was written by the ESA at http://www.esa.int/ESA

More here: https://phys.org/news/2019-04-music-space.html

 

The Event Horizon Telescope is Trying to Take the First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole

Astronomers orchestrated radio dish telescopes across the world into an Earth-size virtual camera for a bold new experiment attempting to deliver the first-ever image of a black hole. The telescope collaboration is set to make a big announcement of results this week, and members also described their research approach at a talk in March.

The astronomers' idea is to photograph the circular opaque silhouette of a black hole cast on a bright background. The shadow's edge is the event horizon, a black hole's point of no return. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a photograph of a black hole would be an important tool for understanding astrophysics, cosmology and the role of black holes in the universe.

Story was written by Doris Elin Salazar at https://www.space.com/

More here: https://www.space.com/event-horizon-telescope-is-trying-to-photograph-black-holes.html

 

Sighting

I saw what seemed to be a cigar shaped object glowing brightly zoom across my home then fly across the sky again.

Just moved into our new home. I have noticed a ton of low flying military helicopters flying over our home at all hours of the day into the night. At least 3-4 times a week. I am fully aware there is a Military base in Coventry, RI, so I accepted the fact that they are doing drills of some sort.

More here: http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/145/S145377.html

 

Picks and Warnings

Invasion at Chestnut Ridge - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7183826/

 

OTHER INFORMATION

Leave us feedback by calling our voicemail number at (805) 328-3966 or e-mail aliens@gncasts.com

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Opening theme – Alien Syndrome by Monkey Warhol https://soundcloud.com/monkeywarhol/alien-syndrome

Closing theme – Be Water by Rettward von Doernberg https://thecaravel.net

Between Segment Audio – Lunar Orbit by Monkey Warhol
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/The_Darwin_LP/Monkey_Warhol_-_05_-_Lunar_Orbit

Disclaimer audio recorded by Ben Olson – http://www.benolson.com

Featured image - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Catherine_Coleman_with_flutes_floating_in_space.jpg
Attribution - NASA [Public domain]

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June 25, 2019 @ 4:46 am

The Truth, A Change of Plan, and a Twofer - Alien Invasion #258

The scientific community is opening up to extraterrestrials, the first all women space walk is called off, a couple of UFO sightings from Connecticut, and a review of Love, Death & Robots: Helping Hand.

The Question

How do you think, the aliens we may eventually meet, will perceive time?

News

The UFO community still believes — and science is starting to listen

ORLANDO, Fla. — He appeared as if a hologram at first — then solid — suddenly there and clear as you or I, at the edge of the forest behind Trish Bishop’s home in Kissimmee.

It was a Thursday in March 2013, the glow of the afternoon tucking in for the day behind the trees. He stood tall, at least 6-foot-3, perhaps 220 pounds and certainly muscular, wearing a formfitting tan colored uniform, boots, and gloves. He lingered by the crape myrtle tree in the middle of the backyard.

Story was written by Chabeli Herrera at https://www.inquirer.com/

More here: https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/ufo-sightings-believers-mufon-unidentified-flying-objects-outer-space-20190322.html

Astronauts Won’t Make the 1st All Female Spacewalk After All, NASA Says

The first all-female spacewalk in history won't be happening this week after all due to a last-minute crew swap, NASA announced today (March 25).

NASA had planned to send astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch on what would have been the first-ever all-female spacewalk this Friday (March 29), but International Space Station mission managers have "decided to adjust the assignments, due in part to spacesuit availability on the station," agency officials said in a statement.

While Koch is still on the schedule to take her first spacewalk on Friday, McClain will stay inside the orbiting lab this time. NASA astronaut Nick Hague will take her place.

Story was written by Hanneke Weitering at https://www.space.com/

More here: https://www.space.com/no-all-female-spacewalk-nasa-says.html

Sighting

We’re going to share 2 of the 10 UFO sightings featured in a post from the Connecticut Post.

Story was written by Jim Shay at https://www.ctpost.com/

More here: https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Latest-UFO-sightings-reported-in-CT-in-2019-13705550.php

Picks and Warnings

Love Death & Robots: Helping Hand - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9788504/

OTHER INFORMATION

Leave us feedback by calling our voicemail number at (805) 328-3966 or e-mail aliens@gncasts.com

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Opening theme – Alien Syndrome by Monkey Warhol https://soundcloud.com/monkeywarhol/alien-syndrome

Closing theme – Be Water by Rettward von Doernberg https://thecaravel.net

Between Segment Audio – Lunar Orbit by Monkey Warhol
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/The_Darwin_LP/Monkey_Warhol_-_05_-_Lunar_Orbit

Disclaimer audio recorded by Ben Olson – http://www.benolson.com

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June 23, 2019 @ 9:06 pm

Kill List - Podcast of Terror #155

Matt has no idea what happened here. Next week: The Purge

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June 22, 2019 @ 2:08 pm

Space Herpes, Exoplanets, and The Orville - Alien Invasion #257

NASA gives us interesting news on herpes in astronauts, 4,001 Exoplanets have been cataloged with more on the way, have aliens found interest in our stem cell research, and a review of the two part The Orville episode called Identity.

 

The Question

 

How do you think, the aliens we may eventually meet, will perceive time?

 

News

 

There's Something About Space That's Triggering Herpes in Astronauts

 

Tests show that dormant herpes viruses reactivate in more than half the astronauts who travel on the Space Shuttle and International Space station, according to new NASA research - a phenomenon the space agency says could pose problems for deep space missions.

 

"During spaceflight there is a rise in secretion of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which are known to suppress the immune system, " said study author Satish Mehta, a researcher at Johnson Space Center, in a press release.

 

Story was written by Jon Christian at https://www.sciencealert.com/

 

More here:  https://www.sciencealert.com/herpes-loves-something-about-space-that-s-triggering-flare-ups-in-astronauts/amp

 

Woot! 4,001 exoplanets and counting

 

The Exoplanet Team, led by the Observatoire de Paris, announced this week that the list of known exoplanets – planets orbiting distant stars – has grown to 4,001!

 

The discovery of two new exoplanets brought the tally to the 4,000 mark. The newly found planets both orbit around the multiple star system labeled EPIC 203868608, at a distance of 499 light-years from Earth, in the direction of the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion.

 

Story was written by Eddie Irizarry at  https://earthsky.org/

 

More here:  https://earthsky.org/space/exoplanet-team-4001-exoplanets-mar-12-2019

 

Sighting

 

I am writing to you with respect to the above subject which occurred on February 24, 2019 at or around 1500 taking place over the Stem cell Technology facility located in Vancouver, BC.

 

This unusual craft was brought to my attention by a person passing by. I observed this craft with other witnesses. I captured this on my tablet but it’s difficult to make out. It appeared to be metallic, circular in shape, no sound, it had what appeared to be white lights on the bottom of the craft that would illuminate the under airfoil – the lights looked like the large LED lights you see on the big screen TV in stadiums for say a hockey game, and it seemed to be moving incredibly slowly.

 

More here:  http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/145/S145008.html

 

Picks and Warnings

 

The Orville - Season 2, Episodes 8 & 9 - (Identity Part 1 & 2) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7826068/

 

Listener Feedback

 

From Paolo: There is a new show on the Discovery Science channel titled "Alien encounters" which is rather captivating... (I watched it on the DMAX channel here in UK). It doesn't explain how aliens might expel gas but it surely posits a few hypotheses on different reasons for an extraterrestrial life to visit other worlds... Review?

 

OTHER INFORMATION

 

Leave us feedback by calling our voicemail number at (805) 328-3966 or e-mail aliens@gncasts.com

 

Subscribe to this podcast by clicking https://gncasts.com/subscribe-alien-invasion/

 

More episodes can be found at https://gncasts.com/category/thealieninvasion/

 

Please consider becoming a partner with us by going to https://gncasts.com/support

 

Opening theme – Alien Syndrome by Monkey Warhol https://soundcloud.com/monkeywarhol/alien-syndrome

 

Closing theme – Be Water by Rettward von Doernberg https://thecaravel.net

 

Between Segment Audio – Lunar Orbit by Monkey Warhol
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/The_Darwin_LP/Monkey_Warhol_-_05_-_Lunar_Orbit

 

Disclaimer audio recorded by Ben Olson – http://www.benolson.com

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June 20, 2019 @ 1:04 pm

NASA, The Orville, and Michigan - Alien Invasion #256

NASA passes a major milestone with the help of SpaceX, The Orville gets its own comic book that delves deeper into the the Universe Seth MacFarlane has created, and after 25 years a series of Michigan UFO sightings remain a mystery.

The Question

Do you think aliens have pets the same way humans do?

News

SpaceX Crew Dragon Splashdown Marks Success of First NASA Commercial Crew Flight Test

NASA passed a major milestone Friday, March 8  in its goal to restore America’s human spaceflight capability when SpaceX’s Crew Dragon returned to Earth after a five-day mission docked to the International Space Station.

About 6 hours after departing the space station, Crew Dragon splashed down at 8:45 a.m. EST approximately 230 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX retrieved the spacecraft from the Atlantic Ocean and is transporting it back to port on the company’s recovery ship.

Story was written by NASA https://www.nasa.gov/

More here:  https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/spacex-crew-dragon-splashdown-marks-success-of-first-nasa-commercial-crew-flight-test/

By Avis, The Orville Is Getting Its Own Comic Book

With The Orville’s very fun second season currently airing on Fox, Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi series now has another treat waiting for fans that’ll take the cast to yet another new frontier: the pages of a comic book.

According to a Dark Horse press release, The Orville Season 1.5: New Beginnings—from show exec producer and writer David A. Goodman, artist David Cabeza, and colorist Michael Atiyeh—will span two double issues that will read like episodes of the show that take place between the first and second seasons. Here’s the official descriptions:

The first of these “episodes” starts with The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1(of two). On their way to a fleet conference, Ed and Gordon investigate a distress signal from a century-old buoy belonging to a Union ship. Back on the Orville, Kelly tries to mediate when Bortus insists on enrolling Topa into school despite him being only a few months old.

Story was written by Cheryl Eddy at Gizmodo

More here:  https://io9.gizmodo.com/by-avis-the-orville-is-getting-its-own-comic-book-1833140121

Sighting

Dean “Vern” Garner has kept a secret for 20 years. He thinks about it often, but hardly speaks about it because he has no proof.

The eerie lights filled the sky along nearly 200 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

On March 8, 1994, calls flooded 911 to report strange sightings in the night sky. The reports came in from all walks of life — from police and a meteorologist to residents of Michigan's many beach resorts. Hundreds of people witnessed what many insisted were UFOs — unidentified flying objects.

Cindy Pravda, 63, of Grand Haven remembers that night in vivid detail — four lights in the sky that looked like "full moons" over the line of trees behind her horse pasture.

Story was written by Dejany Booth at https://www.freep.com/

More here:  https://www.freep.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/09/lake-michigan-ufo-sightings/3116132002/

Picks and Warnings

Supernatural: Season 2 Ep. 15 - Tall Tales https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0939444/

Listener Feedback

Hi, this is Jacob. I know you guys are the alien guys. I believe. I just wanted to say I do not have the fighting, but I would like to say to mention the a show on History Channel. It's called Ancient Aliens. It has a lot of your guys's stuff to it. Thanks. Bye.

From Paolo via YouTube: yay, Anessa is back! there's a new UFO movie with Gillian Anderson, have you checked it out? it's another of them where they beam down to us the prime numbers but I guess there isn't much political issues to discuss at the moment with the govt shutdown happening...

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6290798/

OTHER INFORMATION

Leave us feedback by calling our voicemail number at (805) 328-3966 or e-mail aliens@gncasts.com

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Opening theme – Alien Syndrome by Monkey Warhol https://soundcloud.com/monkeywarhol/alien-syndrome

Closing theme – Be Water by Rettward von Doernberg https://thecaravel.net

Between Segment Audio – Lunar Orbit by Monkey Warhol
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/The_Darwin_LP/Monkey_Warhol_-_05_-_Lunar_Orbit

Disclaimer audio recorded by Ben Olson – http://www.benolson.com

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June 18, 2019 @ 4:43 pm

CPAP Alien and Alien DNA - Alien Invasion #255

Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to have a xenomorph Facehugger wrapped around your head? Do you have sleep apnea? Find out how you can experience being smothered while still being able to breathe. New letter added to the alphabet? Well, the genetic code alphabet, at least. Could this be the key to understanding alien life? A UFO sighting in New Lambton Heights. Finally, Anessa and Brad review the Natalie Portman led sci-fi film, Annihilation.

 

The Question

Do you think aliens pass gas? and if so, is it the same way humans do?

News

Sci-Fi Author Turns Sleep Apnea Mask Into Alien Facehugger And It Works

Sci-fi author Jared Gray has turned his sleep apnea mask into a facehugger from Alien. When penning the script for Alien – which was originally titled Star Beast - co-writers Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett struggled to come with an interesting way for the titular monster to get onboard the spaceship. The solution came to Shusett suddenly that a crew member should be implanted by an alien creature, and when they’re brought back to the ship, that seed would explode out of them.

Story was written by Padraig Cotter at screenrant.com

More here: https://screenrant.com/alien-facehugger-sleep-apnea-mask/

Eight-letter genetic code hints at how alien life might evolve

Researchers have created an ‘alien’ genetic code made out of eight bases instead of the usual four. The expanded genetic alphabet shows how life could arise if organisms never evolved proteins but instead relied on RNA as their biomolecular workhorse.

Life on Earth is built around proteins: they catalyse biochemical reactions and provide cellular structural elements. DNA, on the other hand, acts as biological information storage unit, while RNA provides a link between the two.

But an expanded genetic code created by Steven Benner from Firebird Biomolecular Sciences, US, and his team of xenobiologists shows that this template for life might not be the only feasible one. Their eight-letter DNA has additional functionality and translates into RNA that behaves more like a protein, making life without them a possibility.

Story was written by Katrina Krämer at chemistryworld.com

More here: https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/eight-letter-genetic-code-hints-at-how-alien-life-might-evolve/3010145.article

Sighting

Dean "Vern" Garner has kept a secret for 20 years. He thinks about it often, but hardly speaks about it because he has no proof.

The memory came back vividly recently when he was throwing out old newspapers kept for painting. One fell on the floor.

It contained a story, published in this column in November 2017, about Geoff and Maree Masters. Dean hadn't come across the story until then.

More here: https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5918719/the-night-a-massive-black-triangle-ufo-flew-over-new-lambton/

Picks and Warnings

Annihilation https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2798920/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

OTHER INFORMATION

Leave us feedback by calling our voicemail number at (805) 328-3966 or e-mail aliens@gncasts.com

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More episodes can be found at https://gncasts.com/category/thealieninvasion/

Please consider becoming a partner with us by going to https://gncasts.com/support

Opening theme – Alien Syndrome by Monkey Warhol https://soundcloud.com/monkeywarhol/alien-syndrome

Closing theme – Be Water by Rettward von Doernberg https://thecaravel.net

Between Segment Audio - Lunar Orbit by Monkey Warhol
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/The_Darwin_LP/Monkey_Warhol_-_05_-_Lunar_Orbit

Disclaimer audio recorded by Ben Olson – http://www.benolson.com

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