A fascinating essay that lay hidden for decades reveals Winston Churchill's views on alien life. The never-published essay has been in the archive of the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri since the 1980s, when it was given to the museum by the wife of Churchill's publisher, who had died. Last year the museum invited Israeli astrophysicist Mario Livio to review the essay, which he discusses in an article published in the science journal Nature. Livio notes the British wartime leader's passion for science and technology in the 1939 essay, as well as Churchill's thoughts on extraterrestrials. Apparently influenced by events unfolding at the time, Churchill voices his concern about human progress and describes the possibility of aliens.
Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, unveils the full design of the new polymer 5 note featuring Sir Winston Churchill, at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, Thursday, June 2, 2016. Britain's new polymer notes can survive a splash of Claret, a flick of cigar ash, the nip of a bulldog. The new five-pound note features the image of Britain's World War II leader Winston Churchill - and comes with a promise that it can stand up to all his favorite things. Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney unveiled the full new design of the note on Thursday at Churchill's birthplace in Oxfordshire.
A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill reveals he was open to the possibility of life on other planets. In 1939, the year World War Two broke out, Churchill penned a popular science article in which he mused about the likelihood of extra-terrestrial life. The 11-page typed draft, probably intended for a newspaper, was updated in the 1950s but never published. In the 1980s, the essay was passed to a US museum, where it sat until its rediscovery last year. The document was uncovered in the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, by the institution's new director Timothy Riley.
Google has said it is exploring why a picture of Winston Churchill went missing from a search list of former UK prime ministers, amid controversy over the legacy of the wartime leader. The company apologised on Sunday morning for the disappearance of the picture from its "knowledge graph" listing, adding that many photos of Churchill could still be found on its search engine. In a statement made on Twitter, Google's search liaison team said: "We're aware an image for Sir Winston Churchill is missing from his Knowledge Graph entry on Google. This was not purposeful and will be resolved." The problem, which was fixed at around midday on Sunday, was allegedly not specific to Churchill, with a similar problems occurring with images of former prime ministers Harold Wilson, Ramsay MacDonald and Stanley Baldwin.