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  • Nasa Scientist Describes Hunt For Alien Megastructures "[it’s] Essentially Any Artificial Structure Built By An Intelligent Civilization Perhaps For Energy Harvesting Purposes."

    02/02/2022 7:02:34 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 33 replies ^ | 1/10/22 | Troy Tran
    The truth is out there — or at least that’s what researchers at NASA and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute are hoping. While much of the SETI Institute’s research involves scanning space for light and radio signals as indicators of extraterrestrial life, it’s also looking for bigger objects — and specifically alien megastructures. “[It’s] essentially any artificial structure built by an intelligent civilization perhaps for energy harvesting purposes,” Ann Marie Cody, a researcher scientist at NASA Ames and the SETI Institute, told Vice in a fascinating new interview. The method that Cody and her colleagues employ to try...
  • It's Still Not Aliens: Mysterious Proxima Centauri Signal Turns Out To Be Just Us Again

    10/25/2021 9:48:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 25 OCTOBER 2021 | Stephen Luntz
    Last December news leaked that the Breakthrough Listen project, part of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), had picked up an unexplained signal from the direction of Proxima Centauri. Although everyone involved stressed how unlikely it was that our first evidence for alien intelligence would come from the nearest star to our Sun, some dared to hope. Further research, however, has made Earth-based interference a near-certain explanation. There are many reasons to study Proxima Centauri besides the possibility of technological radio emissions. Australia’s giant Murriyang radio telescope was pointed towards the star primarily to study stellar flares, but in the...
  • If Aliens Are Out There, We’ll Meet Them in a Few Hundred Million Years

    09/19/2021 1:08:15 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 9/17/2021 | Matt Williams
    Seventy years ago, Italian-American nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi asked his colleagues a question during a lunchtime conversation. If life is common in our Universe, why can’t we see any evidence of its activity out there (aka. “where is everybody?”) Seventy years later, this question has launched just as many proposed resolutions as to how extraterrestrial intelligence (ETIs) could be common, yet go unnoticed by our instruments. Some possibilities that have been considered are that humanity might be alone in the Universe, early to the party, or is not in a position to notice any yet. But in a recent study,...
  • ‘Hycean’ Worlds: A New Candidate for Biosignatures?

    08/29/2021 3:00:55 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 8/27/2021 | Paul Gilster
    ‘Hycean’ Worlds: A New Candidate for Biosignatures?by Paul Gilsteron August 27, 2021We’ve just seen the coinage of a new word that denotes an entirely novel category of planets. Out of research at the University of Cambridge comes a paper on a subset of habitable worlds the scientists have dubbed ‘Hycean’ planets. These are hot, ocean-covered planets with habitable surface conditions under atmospheres rich in hydrogen. The authors believe they are more common than Earth-class worlds (although much depends upon their composition), and should offer considerable advantages when it comes to the detection of biosignatures.Hycean worlds give us another habitable zone,...
  • The realization of curved relativistic mirrors to reflect high-power laser pulses

    07/19/2021 6:07:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies ^ | 7/19/2021 | Ingrid Fadelli
    The principle underlying dynamical ptychography One of the topics investigated in recent physics studies is strong-field quantum electrodynamics (SF-QED). So far, this area has rarely been explored before, mainly because the experimental observation of SF-QED processes would require extremely high light intensities (>1025W/cm2), over three orders of magnitude higher than those attained using the most intense PetaWatt (PW)-class lasers available today.A SF-QED process that has proved to be particularly difficult to observe is the Schwinger process. This is a process that occurs close to the so-called Schwinger limit (1029/cm2), which is associated with the optical breakdown of the quantum...
  • New Technique to Search for Life, Whether or not it’s Similar to Earth Life

    06/06/2021 5:13:47 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 6/6/2021 | Matt Williams
    In 1960, the first survey dedicated to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) was mounted at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia. This was Project Ozma, which was the brainchild of famed astronomer and SETI pioneer Frank Drake (for whom the Drake Equation is named). Since then, the collective efforts to find evidence of life beyond Earth have coalesced to create a new field of study known as astrobiology. The search for extraterrestrial life has been the subject of renewed interest thanks to the thousands of exoplanets that have been discovered in recent years. Unfortunately, our efforts are still...
  • Robert Bigelow Opens up about AAWSAP, the Tic Tac incident, weird events on Skinwalker Ranch, the connection to consciousness

    01/25/2021 4:46:57 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    Aerospace entrepreneur Robert Bigelow made a cryptic announcement in September 2008 in a radio interview with George Knapp. Bigelow revealed that he had just created BAASS, a subsidiary of Bigelow Aerospace, and that BAASS had entered into a partnership with an unnamed entity to study the UFO mystery and related phenomena. The public didn’t know it at the time, but one week earlier, Bigelow had signed a contract with the Defense Intelligence Agency to carry out an investigation under the umbrella of AAWSAP, the Advanced Aerospace Weapons Systems Application Program. The impetus for the program had occurred a year earlier...
  • Iconic radio telescope suffers catastrophic collapse

    12/02/2020 6:41:52 AM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies ^ | By Nadia Drake PUBLISHED December 1, 2020
    This aerial view shows the damage to the Arecibo Observatory after its 900-ton equipment platform broke loose, swung into a nearby rock face, and smashed onto the radio dish below. ==================================================================== The Arecibo Observatory’s suspended equipment platform fell hundreds of feet and crashed through the giant radio dish. The Arecibo Observatory’s suspended equipment platform collapsed just before 8 a.m. local time on December 1, falling more than 450 feet and crashing through the telescope’s massive radio dish—a catastrophic ending that scientists and engineers feared was imminent after multiple cables supporting the platform unexpectedly broke in recent months. No one was...
  • Arecibo Observatory Collapses

    12/01/2020 4:37:35 AM PST · by cll · 53 replies
    The Arecibo Observatory's platform collapsed this morning due to structural failure. In mid-November, the National Science Foundation had announced that the Observatory would be dismantled because of the danger it posed.
  • Facing collapse, the famed Arecibo Observatory will be demolished

    11/19/2020 2:22:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    The Verge ^ | Nov 19, 2020, 11:30am EST | Loren Grush
    The world-famous Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, known for helping scientists peer into deep space and listen for distant radio waves, is set to be decommissioned and demolished after engineers concluded that the facility’s structure is at risk of a collapse. While teams will try to salvage some parts of the observatory, the decommission will bring an end to the popular 57-year-old telescope, which has been featured in numerous films and television shows. The decision comes after two major cables failed at the facility within the last few months, causing significant damage to the observatory. The National Science Foundation (NSF),...
  • Astronomers find no signs of alien tech after scanning over 10 million stars

    09/08/2020 5:05:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    CNET ^ | Sept. 7, 2020 8:36 p.m. PT | Jackson Ryan
    The study, published in Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia on Monday, details a search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a collection of 4096 antennas planted in the red soil of Western Australia that detects radio signals from space. "They are little spider-like antennas that sit on the ground," explains Chenoa Tremblay, co-author on the study and astrophysicist with CSIRO, an Australian government scientific research organization. Tremblay and co-author Stephen Tingay, from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, used the MWA to listen out for "technosignatures," or evidence of alien technology, in a...
  • The investigation into why a cable mysteriously broke on the Arecibo Observatory has begun

    08/15/2020 9:27:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies ^ | 14 August 2020 | Hanneke Weitering
    On Monday (Aug. 10), an auxiliary cable supporting a platform that is suspended above the 1,000-foot-wide (300 meters) radio dish broke and crashed into the telescope's reflector panels, creating a gash in the dish measuring about 100 feet (30 m) long. In a news conference with reporters Friday (Aug. 14), Arecibo director Francisco Cordova said that 250 of the observatory's primary reflector dish panels were damaged, along with several support cables underneath the dish. But observatory officials have not yet fully assessed the extent of the damage or determined the cost of the repairs needed to get the 56-year-old radio...
  • Famed SETI Observatory Wrecked After Cable Breaks

    08/12/2020 2:26:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 08/12/2020 | George Dvorsky
    At Arecibo, scientists conduct all sorts of work, from atmospheric and planetary science through to radio and radar astronomy and even searches for extraterrestrial intelligence, also known as SETI. The purpose of these observations are to determine the ways in which red dwarf stars, like Barnard’s Star, affect the habitability of their planets. Méndez was also planning to embark on a SETI project to detect extraterrestrial technosignatures (i.e. evidence of alien technology), which would have leveraged both past and future observations at Arecibo. All this now appears to be on hold. Méndez’s observations aren’t time critical, but others might be,...
  • Scientists estimate the number of intelligent alien civilizations in the galaxy

    06/15/2020 6:38:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 76 replies
    CNET ^ | June 15, 2020 3:53 p.m. PT | Jackson Ryan
    A new study... provides an updated estimate of the likely number of alien civilizations that could exist in the Milky Way. The analysis...starts with revising the Drake equation... "The classic method for estimating the number of intelligent civilizations relies on making guesses of values relating to life," said Westby in a press release. "Our new study simplifies these assumptions using new data, giving us a solid estimate of the number of civilizations in our Galaxy." Westby and Conselice...built a key assumption in to their estimate: Life on another planet will arise in a similar way to how it did on...
  • The new race to contact E.T.

    05/21/2020 4:46:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 87 replies
    Hot ^ | May 21, 2020 | JAZZ SHAW
    In an article over at, Leonard David describes a new development in the efforts by humans to contact extraterrestrial life elsewhere in the galaxy. While the SETI program (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has been in operation for decades, the results thus far have been mostly disappointing. There was a brief flurry of excitement in 1977 when “the WOW signal” was received, but in later years even that one has been called into question. Now, however, there’s a new player in the game. China has constructed the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world and they are reportedly gearing up...
  • SETI@home is shutting down as they have analyzed all the data that they need. [03/31/2020]

    03/05/2020 1:33:11 PM PST · by algore · 36 replies
    BleepingComputer ^ | 03/03/2020 | Lawrence Abrams
    SETI@home is shutting down. In an announcement posted yesterday, the project stated that they will no longer send data to SETI@home clients starting on March 31st, 2020 as they have reached a "point of diminishing returns" and have analyzed all the data that they need.
  • Astronomers want public funds for intelligent life search

    02/15/2020 11:04:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    The UK's Astronomer Royal, Professor Lord Rees, is the chair of the organisation's international advisory group. He told the BBC that, given that the multi-billion pound Large Hadron Collider had not yet achieved its aim of finding sub-atomic particles beyond the current theory of physics, governments should consider modest funding of a few million pounds for Seti. "I'd feel far more confident arguing the case for Seti than for a particle accelerator," he said. "Seti searches are surely worthwhile, despite the heavy odds against success, because the stakes are so high". Nasa once funded the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence to...
  • Space Alien Research Grad Program May Soon Be A Thing

    12/02/2019 9:21:48 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 30 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 19, 2019 | Lorraine Lorenzo
    Hold on to your hats, skeptics. The study of alien existence is about to become a real scientific field. Pennsylvania State University is gearing up to make the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) an established field of scientific study. This means that a degree in Alien Research, no matter how outlandish it might sound, is soon going to be a real thing. According to a report, the university is planning on doing this by offering courses on the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in its course catalog. It will also conduct actual research into the subject through it’s newly-established Penn...
  • Why We’ll Have Evidence of Aliens—If They Exist—By 2035

    11/08/2019 8:07:08 PM PST · by Duke C. · 92 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 10/4/2017 | Seth Shostak
    I’m optimistic by nature—as a scientist, you have to be. But my hopeful feeling is not wishful thinking; it is firmly grounded in the logic of SETI. Half a century sounds like a long time, but the search is truly in its early days. Given the current state of SETI efforts and abilities, I feel that we’re on the cusp of learning something truly revolutionary.
  • Search for aliens poses game theory dilemma (old but interesting piece)

    10/05/2019 12:05:15 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 87 replies
    New Scientist ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jacob Aaron
    SENDING messages into deep space could be the best way for Earthlings to find extraterrestrial intelligence, but it carries a grave risk: alerting hostile aliens to our presence. Game theory may provide a way to navigate this dilemma. So far the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has mostly been restricted to listening for signs of technology elsewhere. Only a few attempts have been made to broadcast messages towards distant stars. Many scientists are against such “active” SETI for fear of revealing our presence. If all aliens feel the same way then no one will be broadcasting, and the chance of...