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Stephen Hawking: Aliens are bad news

Stephen Hawking says encountering extraterrestrials would likely result in catastrophe for humans.
Aliens may exist but mankind should avoid contact with them as the consequences could be devastating, British scientist Stephen Hawking warned Sunday.

"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans," said the astrophysicist in a new television series, according to British media reports.

The programmes depict an imagined universe featuring alien life forms in huge spaceships on the hunt for resources after draining their own planet dry.

"Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach," warned Hawking.

The doomsday scenario is suggested in the series "Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking" on the Discovery Channel, which began airing in the United States on Sunday.

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Saw Olbermann's take on it last night. He interviewed another astronomer who said there was no real reason to think it was necessarily going to be like that. Glad to see someone on this planet has some sense.

That said, I can assure you we have no intention of schlooping up this planet, and that from what we have observed, many of its inhabitants are doing a fine job of marauding the resources as it is.