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Congress may take steps to ramp up investigations of UFOs — UAPs, in the new terminology — following a Department of Defense report to Congress over the summer recognizing the reality of these “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” but found no evidence of extraterrestrial involvement.

Sections of two proposed intelligence appropriation bills, H.R. 4350 (the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act in the House of Representatives) and S.2610 (the FY 22 Intelligence Authorization Act in the Senate) take different approaches to expand the work of the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force.

Those hoping for a full-throated Congressional hunt for technologically advanced aliens of UFO lore may be disappointed, however. The bills appear driven more by entirely Earthly national security and safety concerns than little green men in hypersonic lozenge-shaped vessels.

In June, the UAP Task Force presented a report to Congress that covered 144 UAP sightings by military and other federal sources between 2004 and 2021. While the report found no evidence of aliens, it did note that “UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security,” and that “Some UAP many be technologies deployed by China, Russia, another nation, or non-governmental entity.”

What would the bills do? If the bill becomes law, Section 345 of S.2610 would require the entire intelligence community to share any information about UAPs with the task force and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center immediately. It would then mandate classified reports about any UAP events to Congress beginning 90 days after the act's passage and quarterly from then on.

Section 1652 of H.R. 4350 — a provision added by Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona — would establish a permanent office to study UAPs within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

If the provision remains unchanged when the bill becomes law, it will charge the new office with creating a database for recording UAP incidents and “evaluating links between unidentified aerial phenomena and adversarial foreign governments, other foreign governments, or non-state actors,” and whether the incidents pose a threat. The House bill provision would also require reports to various Congressional Committees.

Gallego’s office did not respond to Inverse’s requests for comment.

Why is Congress interested in UFOs?— After decades of official non-recognition of UAPs, 2017 saw leaked videos from naval aviators and a New York Times story that brought the phenomena out of conspiracy theory and into the realm of sober national security interest. Pilots reporting seeing craft flying and maneuvering and seemingly impossible speeds near military aircraft was not a situation military brass could ignore.

In August 2020, the Pentagon created the UAP Task Force, and the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2020 mandated a report to Congress in 2021. The report, released in June, was only able to identify one of the 144 UAP sightings examined and determined it was a balloon.

The task force couldn’t explain the remaining 143 reports. And while the report concluded some of the sightings could have resulted from instrument failure or pilots making a mistake, more than half of the sightings were confirmed by multiple sensors to be real objects rather than phantoms.

What’s next — Both the House and Senate bills have been introduced, but have yet to be voted on by their respective chambers. The House bill has passed out of committee and been placed on the Congressional calendar. If the bills pass intact, their contents will need to be reconciled between the two houses before going on to President Joseph Biden.

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Our Universe Was Made In a Lab by Aliens: Harvard Professor


Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb has an interesting theory about how we came to be.

You may remember the bestselling author and the former chair of Harvard’s astronomy department  Abraham ("Avi") Loeb. He has made headlines in the past for claiming that alien civilizations won't reply to our messages for 3000 years, that Oumuamua may have been an interstellar spacecraft, and for launching a new initiative called the Galileo Project that is now conducting a search for evidence of technology built by alien civilizations.

Needless to say, when it comes to all things alien-related, Loeb is a seasoned expert. Now, he is back with a new theory on our universe and alien life and we must admit it's a rather creepy one.

In an op-ed in Scientific American published this week, Loeb speculates that our precious and mysterious universe could have been formed in a lab by an “advanced technological civilization.” “Since our universe has a flat geometry with a zero net energy, an advanced civilization could have developed a technology that created a baby universe out of nothing through quantum tunneling,” Loeb wrote. 

Loeb goes on to say that this theory would unify our religious beliefs with our scientific ones and characterize us as a class C civilization. What's that you may ask?

As a civilization that is dependent on our host star, we are only a C in the civilization scale. If we ever managed to become independent of the sun we would become a B and if we actually successfully engineered our own universes we would then be the top, class A.

So, the theory essentially assumes that a class A civilization created us. The op-ed leaves many questions unanswered like: Is the civilization that created us interfering with our lives and is it benevolent, evil, or indifferent?

Perhaps, Loeb will follow through with another paper describing our creators more in detail. In the meantime, we will take his theory with a grain of salt.

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Oh, good.  Another paper on philosophy, cosmology, and/or religion from someone not in that field.  Just what nobody needs.

Headline should be like:  "Panspermia dressed up as new idea;  old guys try to cash in."

ETA:  Something tells me he's been dabbing around in the chemistry department, too...

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"What if we just took all our old freshman bull sessions and published those in SciAm?"
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