What a 30-Year-Old Book by Michael Crichton Can Teach Us About the Search for Alien Life Today

In 1961 astrophysicist Frank Drake introduced an equation to calculate the number of intelligent alien civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy. His original calculations put the number between 1,000 and 100,000,000. The “Drake Equation,” as it became known, generated much excitement and spurred interest in SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Yet more than half … Continued


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Breaking Bad‘s Meth Whiz Aaron Paul–Vulture But Breaking Bad is not really about drugs. It’s about the Old Testament consequences of what ought to be foreseeably bad choices. Ridley Scott’s Strong & Courageous Women–The Daily Beast He created the modern Hollywood action heroine with Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, in 1979’s Alien, and in . . . … Continued