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Devious sci-fi aliens have hatched many plots to conquer humanity, from the Machiavellian Martians of "The War of the Worlds" books to the current hit movie "Oblivion." However, the invaders' ambitions frequently fail, perhaps because nature has already tried many of these assaults on us or other species.

Here are eight ways the natural world has outdone the best laid plans of Martians.
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Klaatu and Gort, the alien visitors in 1951’s "The Day the Earth Stood Still," knocked out humanity's ability to use electronic devices and crippled the world’s military forces in an effort to enforce world peace.

The sun pulled a similar stunt on March 13, 1989, when a stellar storm launched a solar flare that disrupted electricity transmission from the Hydro Québec power plant in Canada. The resulting blackout left approximately 6 million people without electricity for 9 hours, according to NASA.

An even more powerful solar storm in 1859 caused telegraph systems worldwide to malfunction, zapping operators with electric shocks and setting telegraph paper on fire.
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