Welcome to Monday. When today’s over, we’ll be halfway through this month and another day closer to the deadline for the Pentagon to release its report on UFOs, which is the subject of our lead story today. For more on that, keep scrolling.
I’m Nick Lucchesi, an editor at Inverse, and this is Inverse Daily, your daily dispatch of essential stories that mix science and culture.
Last week’s question — What would it mean to you if we discovered proof of intelligent alien life? Below are several of my favorite reader emails. Open Tuesday’s edition for a new reader question.
- “We cannot even imagine any truly alien entity. The best we can do is give human characteristics a different physical form, so how can we know what the discovery of proof of intelligent alien life would mean to us? A slightly alien intelligent species might want to destroy us, or it might be socially advanced enough to teach us how to control our antagonism and avert self-destruction, but would a truly alien entity have any reason to relate to us at all, or we to it?” — Peter
- “The disclosure of the visitors fits my paradigm of reality. I say visitors because I subscribe to the theory espoused by evolutionary biologist Dr. Michael P. Masters that we are being studied by extratempestrials, humanoid time travelers from our future. The question should be not where they come from but when.” — Eddie
- “I wonder if they'll think I'm good with ketchup?” — Gary
- “Considering our rapid technological advances in my own lifetime, we are pretty arrogant to think we are it. Where will we be in another 100 years — which is not even a blink of time? It is easily possible other civilizations are 1,000 to 1 million years ahead of us and fully utilizing the quantum resources we are only now beginning to understand.” — Steve
- “If alien life is real, it would mean that Earth’s inhabitants would start looking outward and knowing that we have been given a precious resource to live on. Why else would alien life come here to observe — unless the Earth was a truly unique biosphere, compared to others in the universe?” — Rick
- “It would be interesting to see if they had similar problems that they may have solved and vice versa. I would hope that everyone could get along. New horizons and an exchange of ideas.” — Judy
I think we’ll leave it there. I can’t put it much better than Judy.
UFO Pentagon report: How to read it — The U.S. government is releasing a report on unidentified aerial phenomena in June. Here's what to expect and how to understand the jargon, from UFOs to UAPs. Passant Rabie has the story:
Over the past few months, talk of aliens and UFOs has gone way beyond grainy YouTube videos and subreddits. As the U.S. government prepares to release a comprehensive report on sightings of unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP), humanity’s obsession with mysterious lights in the sky has moved from the shadows into the mainstream.
The government report on UAPs is due to be delivered by June 25.
The report is a result of the Intelligence Authorization Act, which was enacted in December 2020 to call for the release of an unclassified and all-sources report on unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP). This is the official military term used for unidentified flying objects.
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In space, no one can hear you scream with excitement.
It’s a shame, as Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson are making moves to massively expand space tourism. The two may both fly to space next month using the firms they founded, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic.
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How to make your dog live longer — Factors such as environment and genetics can impact canine lifespans, according to the Dog Aging Project. Dog DNA testing may also help extend dog lifespans, reports our nature writer Tara Yarlagadda:
“We are working on lots of different things with the Dog Aging Project — all with the goal of increasing the lifespan of our favorite companion,” Audrey Ruple, a member of the group, tells Inverse.
The Dog Aging Project brings together canine researchers from various universities, united by the same goal: demystifying the curious, little-understood science underlying dog aging. Ruple, for her part, is an assistant professor at Purdue University. The Dog Aging Project is currently enrolling dogs and encourages pet owners around the United States to participate.
More on the science of dogs:
- Dog separation anxiety training: 6 essential strategies you need to know
- A new coronavirus is spreading through dogs and humans
- Dogs may be the key to treating a surprisingly common disorder
Science-backed secrets for better sleep — The benefits of good sleep can't be overstated. Here are five ways to boost your sleep quality and quantity, from warm baths to cool bedding, by health science reporter and unofficial Senior Sleep Correspondent Sophie Putka. See the full gallery.
More on sleep science:
- Scientists discover one sleep habit is most likely to result in happiness
- Sleep and depression: Why a one hour change could make a difference
- Have you ever flown in your dreams? A new theory shows it can be good for your brain
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