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Ivanka Trump Applauds for North and South Korean Athletes at Olympics Closing Ceremony Click Here to Open in a New Window

Ivanka Trump Applauds for North and South Korean Athletes at Olympics Closing CeremonyShe stood and clapped for both North and South Korean athletes



Powerful earthquake rattles remote Papua New Guinea Click Here to Open in a New Window

Powerful earthquake rattles remote Papua New GuineaWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful earthquake rattled forest villages and a large gold mine in central Papua New Guinea early Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.



Red Cross: 21 Staffers Resigned or Fired in Sexual Misconduct Cases Since 2015 Click Here to Open in a New Window

Red Cross: 21 Staffers Resigned or Fired in Sexual Misconduct Cases Since 2015The Red Cross joins the list of charities that have uncovered sexual misconduct



American in Custody After Severed Head Is Found in Japan Click Here to Open in a New Window

American in Custody After Severed Head Is Found in JapanPolice found footage of him entering a building with a missing Japanese woman



NRA Faces Increasing Backlash After Florida School Shooting Click Here to Open in a New Window

NRA Faces Increasing Backlash After Florida School ShootingThe National Rifle Association, and now the State of Florida, faced a growing backlash as companies cut ties to the gun industry



If aliens exist, here’s what they most likely look like Click Here to Open in a New Window

If aliens exist, here’s what they most likely look like

Movies, TV shows, and video games have helped humanity paint a mental picture of what aliens might look like if we ever run into them, but most of the time those fictional depictions have little or no scientific backing whatsoever. Researchers searching for extraterrestrial life don't necessarily know exactly what they're looking for, but based on what we've learned about humanity's rise there's a handful of things nature tells us are required for advancement of a civilization. In the book "The Future of Humanity," author Michio Kaku attempts to answer the incredibly difficult question of what aliens might look like, and this time it's not just a guess.

Kaku consulted with exobiology experts and theorists who specialize in hypothetical alien life forms which have developed on far-off worlds much different from Earth. Using that accumulated knowledge, Kaku came up with a very basic list of criteria that any intelligence alien race would need to have in order to reach a level similar to humanity.

As the New York Post reports, the requirements that Kaku has dreamt up are essentially the same capabilities that scientists believe have allowed humans to progress in the way that we have:

  1. Stereo vision - Two eyes capable of focusing on a single object are something we typically associate with predators here on Earth. Prey animals often have one eye on either side of their head which allows them to spot threats and escape quickly, but that type of ocular setup is poor when it comes to hunting. Kaku suggests that most if not all "intelligent" alien races would have originated as hunters, rather than the hunted.
  2. Thumbs - Scientists have long believed that evolution which led to opposable thumbs was a huge factor in the rise of primates. A method of grasping objects allows for the making of tools which, it is thought, is one of the very earliest signs of intelligence as we know it. It makes sense that aliens would have followed a similar path.
  3. Language - This one is a bit tricky because it's incredibly non-specific. The key here isn't just the ability to communicate with each other in the moment — many animals have species-wide methods of vocal communication that could be considered language — but also to relay information and pass it down between generations. This allows the accumulation of knowledge over long periods of time and gives new members of a species the chance to expand and "stand on the shoulders" of those who came before them.

These features obviously sound a lot like what we're all born with, which makes perfect sense. However, within this very basic outline there's plenty of room for variation. If aliens only need two eyes, a gripping appendage, and some kind of language in order to have caught up with humans, there's really no telling what form their bodies have actually taken, especially on planets with chemical makeup far different from Earth.



Malaysia elephant sanctuary trumpets effort to cut human-animal conflict Click Here to Open in a New Window

Malaysia elephant sanctuary trumpets effort to cut human-animal conflictThe sanctuary in Kuala Gandah, central Malaysia, is an area of secluded rainforest where "mahouts" -- as the keepers are known -- care for a 26-strong group of endangered Asian elephants. A handful were rescued after suffering injuries or being orphaned, but most of them have been domesticated and trained to aid the National Elephant Conservation Centre's effort to help elephants who become embroiled in conflicts with humans. Since the centre started operations about 30 years ago, its staff have relocated more than 700 wild elephants, taking them away from inhabited areas and deep into the jungle.



Panelist Stuns CPAC by Slamming GOP 'Hypocrites' on Sex Misdeeds Click Here to Open in a New Window

Panelist Stuns CPAC by Slamming GOP 'Hypocrites' on Sex MisdeedsAn annual summit of conservative activists and movement leaders faced an extraordinary bit of dissent



Proposal to Scrap China's Term Limits Could Allow President Xi Jinping to Stay in Office Click Here to Open in a New Window

Proposal to Scrap China's Term Limits Could Allow President Xi Jinping to Stay in OfficeThe proposal lays the groundwork for Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023



Fired Google employee James Damore's fight for free speech Click Here to Open in a New Window

Fired Google employee James Damore's fight for free speechJames Damore was fired from Google over a memo criticizing the company's diversity policies; Damore and his attorney share an update on 'The Ingraham Angle.'



Four Critically Injured by a 'Major' Explosion in Leicester, England Click Here to Open in a New Window

Four Critically Injured by a 'Major' Explosion in Leicester, EnglandPolice said there was no indication the emergency was terrorist-related



Stone Tools Found In India Resemble Those In Africa, Changing Our Theory On Ancient Human Migration Click Here to Open in a New Window

Stone Tools Found In India Resemble Those In Africa, Changing Our Theory On Ancient Human MigrationA recent archeological dig in India uncovered stone tools, weapons, and other artifacts made by early humans which resemble tools found in Eastern and Southern Africa. The artifacts may help shed light onto prehistoric human migration into the Indian subcontinent. The artifacts were found in the upper Danta stream, a lead off of the River Jira in eastern India, Archeology reported.





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