April 26th, 2010
11:15 PM ET

Aliens probably no friends of yours, Hawking says

Think you'd like to see aliens make contact with Earth?  Stephen Hawking might get you to think again.

Aliens, the way he sees it, might be traveling the cosmos right now - not for exploration's sake but because they've run out of resources at home.

And if they're flying around looking for resources, guess what their intentions would be if they see Earth?

The British physicist advances his thoughts on aliens in his new Discovery Channel series, "Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking," which began airing Sunday.

In a video clip on Discovery Channel's website, Hawking imagines that aliens might have the technology to harness energy from whatever star they're near. The process, he proposes, could open a wormhole that could let them travel large distances - perhaps to here.

The clip shows spacecraft leaving a wormhole and approaching Earth as ominous music plays.

"Like us, they would probably have evolved from a species used to exploiting whatever it can," a narrator says.

Hawking's warning contrasts with the excitement some are showing about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Just last week, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) said it was releasing its data to astronomers and researchers all over the world, hoping more people would join the search.

Hawking's series on the Discovery Channel continues this coming Sunday at 9 p.m.  ET.

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  1. Jnan R. Saha

    Stephen Hawkins is not correct in this context. Earthlings do not have to fear from advanced Civilizations elsewhere in the Galaxy or in the Universe. Only thing we have to fear what we cannot see in naked eye, the Microorganisms. Some of them could come piggy back on Meteorite that crash on Earth to which no Earthling have any immunity. One such crash could have probably occurred about 250 million years ago when 99% of life on Earth became extinct! Some time the good Doctor shoots his mouth of without any understanding of Biology.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ava Green

    Incandescent light bulbs will soon be phased out because they waste a lot of energy.`-*

    May 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tony

    The human brain does not understand the spoken or written word. After all, the human word is just a brief abbreviation of the multi demensional object that is subject to electromagnetism, weak and strong nuclear force and gravity.
    The human brain only responds to data input from the DNA program. The human brain is just a living breathing ROM.
    ONly GOD can make a human brain.

    November 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dimitri Snowden

    If aliens are out there, they wouldn't come to earth because we have nothing they want.

    April 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nathan Belomy


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    • Eric

      The guy is a genius. Literally. You are the idiot.

      February 27, 2014 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
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