Everybody is talking about aliens after last week’s congressional hearing on UFOs (now officially rebranded as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAPs). As an astrophysicist working on the remarkable science of searching for life in the Universe (I just finished The Little Book of Aliens on this exact subject), I’ve been asked by lots of folks what I make of it all. How do I see the testimony? Is there anything in what we heard that speaks scientifically to the possibilities of life existing elsewhere in the Universe? To answer that question, we have to parse out two different threads that emerged during the hearing.

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