Physicist Stephen Hawking‘s final book, which was completed by his family after his death, was just published on October 16.
Brief Answers to Big Questions offers responses to questions that Hawking received the most when he was still alive, including those about the existence of aliens.
“There are forms of intelligent life out there. We need to be wary of answering back until we have developed a bit further.”
Others addressed the possibility of artificial intelligence outsmarting humans and ones referring to time travel.
“Travel back in time can’t be ruled out according to our present understanding.”
He also predicted that “within the next hundred years we will be able to travel to anywhere in the Solar System.”
The scientist, who died on March 26, also wrote about the existence of God.
“There is no God. No one directs the universe. For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God.
“I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature.”
In most of his adult life, Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
He passed away while working on the said book.
Could the hunt for alien life beyond our solar system begin much sooner than previously thought?
Astronomers have recently discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting around a nearby star called Trappist-1. The recent discovery published in the journal Nature has raised hopes that the planets could be warm enough to sustain water and life.
Trappist-1, a dwarf star at least 39 light years away, shines with a feeble light approximately 2,000 times fainter than our sun. It is considered marginally large than Jupiter.
“The planets are all close to each other and very close to the star, which is very reminiscent of the moons around Jupiter,” astrophysicist Michaël Gillon explained.
“Still, the star is so small and cold that the seven planets are temperate, which means that they could have some liquid water – and maybe life, by extension – on the surface,” he added.
Although the planets are Earth-like in size, ranging from 10% larger to 25% smaller, their other features are entirely different. The planets’ orbits are so compact that Mercury, our solar system’s innermost planet, is six times father from the sun than the outermost seventh planet from Trappist-1.
The mass, radius as well as orbital periods of almost all seven planets have been determined. Analysis of their atmosphere’s molecular composition will be soon carried out to know if one or more of these planets can support life.
Astronomers noted that out of the seven worlds discovered, only three are within the conventional “habitable” zone. The researchers are hoping to determine if there is life on the planets within a decade.
“It would be disappointing if Earth represents the only template for habitability in the Universe,” co-author Amaury Triaud told BBC News.
An image taken back in 2010 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Opportunity rover of a site called Concepcion Crater on Mars reportedly shows the “face of god” carved on a rock.
According to UFO hunter Scott Waring of UFO Sightings Daily, the face carved on the Martian rock resembles the face of Nabu, an ancient Assyrian god of wisdom and writing.
Waring said on UFO Sightings Daily, “The face looking at us has a lot of similarities to the ancient Mesopotamia faces.”
However, NASA quickly dismissed the claims of Waring, stating that it is a natural rock and not a sculpture.
In an email sent to Fox News, NASA spokesman Guy Webster said, “As you can probably tell, it is a natural rock at the disrupted rim of a small crater, not a sculpture made by some ancient culture.”
According to NASA, such sightings of “gods” are brought about by pareidolia, a trick of the mind that makes a person see familiar objects in random places as a psychological response.
UFO enthusiasts believe that the stone sculpture of the “face of god” was left by star travelers who were worshipped by ancient Assyrians. Based on Assyrian legends, ancient Assyrians and Babylonians had contact with technologically advanced alien races.
Allegedly, the alien races visited Mars and left sculptures of themselves resembling the Assyrian representation of their gods.
Just last month, UFO hunters spotted a huge Buddha statue in the mountains of the Red planet.
Although typhoon Ruby brought much less damage compared to supertyphoon Yolanda which took thousands of lives last year, the tropical cyclone did bring something unusual to the country.
A video uploaded by a certain Matteo Menesis on December 8 is claiming that an unidentified flying object or UFO was spotted in the sky during the day typhoon Ruby was supposed to make a landfall.
Of course when we say UFO, we often correlate it with aliens.
The viral video, which has over 200,000 views as of press time, earned mixed reactions from netizens.
Since drones are becoming common nowadays, many suspected that the dark object seen flying was an unmanned aerial vehicle. One Youtube user commented:
“It’s Just a drone guys. UFO’s / aliens aren’t true. For those who believe on aliens please. Aliens aren’t true . If they’re true they will travel light years from their world to earth.”
The drone theory isn’t far-fetched since drones are being used for news reporting in the country. In fact, broadcasting company UNTV was able to take aerial video footages of the damages brought by supertyphoon Yolanda using the drone technology.
Meanwhile, there are also some who believe that the video was just edited since there are many editing softwares readily available.
“Halatang edited. Kung Real UFO talaga yan once na lumipad yan pataas dapat mawawala bigla yan kasi maulap. Pansin palang sa video nung pagkaalis ng UFO parang lumiit lang instead matakpan ng ulap,” said one Youtube user.
There was even one Youtube user who thinks the video is real and claimed she saw a similar object in the past.
“Nope,totoo yang Vid na yan. I remember dati me bagyo din nun o padating palang na bagyo around 2013 or 2012 ata dko lang matandaan me tatlong magkakahelerang ganyan ako na nakita rin. Parehas na parehas nyan then nun nadaan ng ulap yung 3 saucer na nkita ko nuon. Nawala na lang bigla. Parehas na parehas nya yung nakita ko.”
What are your thoughts on the alleged UFO video?