How light could reveal alien life

Garik Israelian is a spectroscopist, studying the spectrum emitted by a star to figure out what it’s made of and how it might behave. It’s a rare and accessible look at this discipline, which may help us an Earthlike planet friendly to life. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK.Duration: 15:52)

How spectroscopy could reveal alien life: Garik Israelian on TED.com

Afraid of alien abduction? Buy insurance

Insurance agents can sell you anything. You could insure virtually everything I guess. I heard pianist Clayderman, who’s really popular among women, insured his fingers or something. Well, if you’re afraid of alien abducting you, you probably can consider an alien abduction insurance.

Alien abduction insurance

The insurance policy is redeemed if the insured person is abducted by aliens. British Insurance manager Simon Burgess, known for being involved in the bizarre end of insurance, said “Of course, the burden of proof lies with the claimant. Let’s face it – insurance is so tedious that if I can enlighten my dreary life with a bit of humour every now and again, I will.” A policy normally costs around $150 per $1.5 million in coverage as of 1998. Policy offerings vary from $10,000 to $10 million. Some companies offer policies for alien pregnancy, alien examinations and death caused by aliens. Continue reading “Afraid of alien abduction? Buy insurance”