UFO faithful: There’s more to Area 51 story

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The CIA has finally acknowledged the existence of an Area 51 facility, revealing that it was used to test U-2 spy planes — not flying saucers. But the UFO community says there’s something they aren’t telling us.

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Mercury ice water discovery bodes well for alien life search

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The discovery of huge amounts of water ice and possible organic compounds on the heat-blasted planet Mercury suggests that the raw materials necessary for life as we know it may be common throughout the solar system, researchers say.

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When the aliens call, who’ll answer?

A new poll suggests that 77 percent of Americans think there’s evidence that aliens have already visited Earth. The same poll suggests most Americans think President Barack Obama would do a better job than presumptive GOP challenger Mitt Romney if we had to fight off an alien invasion. And if we have to rely on a superhero to save us, they’d rather go with the Hulk than Batman.

That somewhat silly survey was conducted to tout a "Chasing UFOs" TV series on the National Geographic Channel, but the results raise a serious question: If an alien civilization does get in touch with us, who’s in charge of figuring out what to do?

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