This week on The Gralien Report, we begin this week’s foray discussing the odd reasons NASA may have abruptly canceled its Lunar-Resources Mission, despite a current push by the U.S. to return to the moon. Will we be going back again in the future, and if so, when? Elsewhere, the world’s oldest-known spider has died… at the ripe old age of 43. While the secret lives of spiders may be more fragile in the general sense, humanity might fare no better in the event of an asteroid impact; we take a look at the experts who are aiming to curb this eventual threat.

Then we shift our gears toward the recent news about the capture of the infamous Golden State Killer, with the help of modern forensics teaming up with a popular DNA testing website. However, some privacy experts are cringing at this news, and we examine why, in addition to weighing the possible long-term considerations about privacy, personal information, and genetics in the future.

Then as we enter hour two, we carry our discussion of the “Brave New World,” to borrow Huxley’s idiom, that we are slowly entering into a discussion about human senses, and the ranges of sensory experience that are presently “invisible” to us. Conversely, many species on our planet are capable of orienting themselves with their environment in completely different ways from how we do. This gives us insight into how alien life might evolve on other planets, and also the future of humans building new sensory relationships with our environment through technology.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

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