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What UFO 'Encounters' Can Tell Us About Fake News

A man out in the foggy wilderness is being abducted by a U.F.O. with a bright beam of light.
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People often mistake Kate Dorsch for someone who studies aliens. But Dorsch actually studies something else. A doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, she’s been researching UFO reports collected by the U.S. government.

The Air Force began compiling these accounts during the early stages of the Cold War as part of a program called . In 1966, it to further investigate stories of alien “encounters” by ordinary Americans. Project Blue

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