by Staff Writers
Beijing (UPI) Aug 27, 2012
An alien encounter may not be a pleasant one and it is probably unwise for human beings to be advertising our location, an American Nobel Prize winner says.
"I think it is probably not the smartest thing to tell the aliens where we are, as any encounter with aliens may not be a happy one," Brian P. Schmidt told the 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Beijing, China's Xinhua news agency reported.
Schmidt shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for providing confirming evidence the expansion of the universe is accelerating.
"Aliens may not be something that we need to worry about," he said. "It will be so far away and it takes so long to travel from point A to point B in the universe that it won't be a problem.
"But it will happen when it happens."
It will be difficult to reach another planet in a universe expanding at an ever-accelerating rate, he said, meaning we are less likely to meet higher intelligent extraterrestrial life in the future.
"The future of the universe seems to be dark. Things are getting faster and faster. In terms of looking for aliens, it's gonna be quite a challenge.
"It may never happen. Things like us are probably very rare in the universe," he said.
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The Astrobiology Analytical Lab at Goddard
Greenbelt, MD (SPX) Aug 07, 2012
When Daniel Glavin isn't designing a chemistry experiment to run from millions of miles away, he's a researcher in the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where scientists are working to solve two of the biggest mysteries facing humanity: How did we get here? And are we alone? The answers may lie in carbonaceous meteorites. Defin ... read more
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