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As Russians gathered in Moscow recently to protest parliamentary elections, something strange was seen hovering above the crowd. Was it a bird? Was it a plane? No, it was a UFO. While at first "European and American media jumped on the story", a Russian journalist recognized the mysterious "UFO" as being a camera-drone used by a Russian news agency. Of course, one has to wonder why extraterrestrials would take such an interest in Russian politics, but the recent story demonstrates the worldwide interest in extraterrestrials.

Where the idea of aliens arriving or revealing themselves was once thought as pure fantasy, recent news reports highlight the continuing fascination with finding intelligent life in the universe. Astronomers recently announced that they had found the existence of an Earth-like planet, Kepler 22-b, located 600 light-years away from our planet in the habitable zone in its solar system. According to the BBC, Kepler 22-b "is the closest confirmed planet yet to one like ours -- an 'Earth 2.0'."

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