The first strike against science is in the headline. “Is this proof of Aliens?” NO! If there’s a question mark in the headline, the answer is always NO, or it wouldn’t be a question. The only exception is when you read between the lines and find the question “Are people really still falling for this?” In that case, the answer is yes. If we had actually found proof of aliens, the writer would be using more emphatic punctuation and 500-point font to scream “HOLY SHIT ALIENS!”
It’s a common technique to cover a weak story with an exciting headline. It’s also basically editorial alchemy. These inquisitive headlines try to transform known facts into fanciful suppositions, because our brains want to believe in exciting stuff that reminds us of Star Trek instead of accepting the boring evidence that reminds us of AP Biology. But that’s what science was invented to avoid.
The second stage of the alien attack on science is reminiscent of a Scooby-Doo plot. Because behind the masks, it’s really a bunch of humans, and they’re just doing it to make money by discrediting something worthwhile. In other words, “IS IT ALIENS?” headlines earn advertising views, but at the same time, they diminish some of the most amazing advances of our species.