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Astronomers Intrigued by ‘Probable’ Alien Signals in Stellar Spectra

Posted on October 19th, 2016.

A paper accepted for publication in PASP claims the detection of “signals probably from Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.” A preprint titled “Discovery of peculiar periodic spectral modulations in a small fraction of solar type stars” is available on arXiv. The SETI community is skeptical but actively looking.

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SETI Scientists Claim Detection of Strong Signal from the Stars

Posted on August 31st, 2016.

A few days ago Centauri Dreams, a popular website for space professionals and enthusiasts run by Paul Gilster, broke the news that astronomers using the RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia, had detected a strong signal from a star known as HD 164595.

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Space

Allen Telescope Array Looking for Signals From Candidate Alien Megastructure

Posted on October 22nd, 2015.

Scientists and SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) enthusiasts are speculating on the possible presence of an alien super-civilization around the star KIC 8462852, located in the constellation Cygnus at approximately 1,481 light years from the Earth. Now, SETI scientists have started using the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) to...

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Have Citizen Scientists Found an Alien Megastructure?

Posted on October 16th, 2015.

A distant star whose observed brightness fluctuates in ways that are difficult to explain has scientists and SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) enthusiasts openly talking about a possible artificial origin of the star’s luminosity fluctuations. The data are compatible with the possible presence of an alien...

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We wouldn’t be able to decrypt SETI messages from aliens, says Edward Snowden

Posted on September 28th, 2015.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden appeared last week on the StarTalk podcast hosted by astrophysicist and superstar science communicator Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Snowden, via robotic telepresence from Moscow, discussed a lot of interesting issues with Tyson, including not only data compression, encryption, and privacy, but also science,...

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China Building World’s Largest Radio Telescope for Astronomy and SETI

Posted on July 27th, 2015.

Deep in the mountains of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, technicians are assembling the world’s largest radio telescope, called FAST, for applications in astronomy, cosmology, and SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence).

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Artificial Intelligence

SETI Could Find Super-Intelligent Robots, Warns Astronomer Royal

Posted on July 24th, 2015.

British cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees believes that machines powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) will inherit the Earth – and the stars. He is also persuaded that advanced aliens could be inconceivably different from life as we know it, as different from us as we are from a bacterium.

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SETI Scientists Look at Kepler 452b

Posted on July 24th, 2015.

Yesterday NASA announced the discovery of an “Earth 2.0” far away in the sky. The planet, named Kepler 452b, is about 60 percent larger than Earth and is about 1,400 light-years away. The planet orbits a star similar to the Sun, slightly brighter and larger. Kepler 452b is the first Earth-sized world that has been found in...

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SETI Gets $100 Million Funding From Russian Billionaire

Posted on July 21st, 2015.

Russian billionaire venture capitalist Yuri Milner, an early investor in Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba, Groupon and many other tech companies, announced that he is funding with $100 million two global Breakthrough Initiatives to search for intelligent life in the universe.