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Aliens ‘use stars to communicate’

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Aliens might be using the stars to send secret signals to each other, according to a scientist at Imperial College London. In a paper entitled “Perhaps they are everywhere”, he says aliens might have evolved to use quantum physics differently from us. He speculates that aliens may use physics to “hide their photonic entanglement” from us, which would explain why we have never discovered them.

Tourists warned off dildo sign

Tourists who plan to pose for dangerous selfies at a “Dildo” town sign have been asked to stay away. The small township of Dildo, on the Canadian island of Newfoundland, has has an imitation Hollywood sign erected on a hillside overlooking the town. It has become a tourist attraction but locals are begging visitors not to get close to the monument and local authorities say it could be dangerous to snap yourself near it.

Barbie makes doll of vaccine creator

Barbie maker Mattel has created a doll of the scientist who created the Oxford coronavirus vaccine. Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert admitted that she found the creation “very strange” at first but said: “My wish is that my doll will show children careers they may not be aware of, like a vaccinologist.”  Her Barbie is one of five to honour women working in science, technology, engineering and maths. Sales of Barbie dolls rose to a six-year high last year.

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