The Mysteries of the Teacher

The Mysteries of the Teacher

The Mysteries of the Teacher Mysteries Mysteries : Ten hours into my first trip to Russia I catch an express train back to the airport. It’s August in Moscow so I’m sweating in a particularly gross and unfamiliar way, as I have since my arrival, and I’m running late. If I miss my flight, I probably won’t make it to Petropavlovka in time for the Holiday of Good Fruits, or speak with a Siberian man who looks like Jesus and believes his is the Word of God. I buy a…

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Science of ‘Arrival’: If Aliens Call, Does Humanity Have a Plan?

Science of ‘Arrival’: If Aliens Call, Does Humanity Have a Plan?

Science of ‘Arrival’: If Aliens Call, Does Humanity Have a Plan? The science fiction movie “Arrival,” which opened in theaters this month, poses tantalizing questions about how humans might make contact — and eventually communicate — with intelligent aliens. The much-hyped film has renewed people’s interest in the search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. But what would happen if humans really did make contact with an intelligent alien civilization? If E.T. calls, is there a plan? The answer is yes, and no, said astronomer Seth Shostak, who leads…

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