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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sensationalist Press Headline Of The Day:Neanderthals Who Mutilated Corpse Of Child May Have Been Cannibals

 This is interesting in  that mere supposition has been blown out of all proportion.  "Cannibals" and "Cannibalism" are the sexy words journalists love so why not push them when your work needs extra press?

Huffington Post

Neanderthals, the now-extinct cousins of modern humans, mutilated and may even have devoured their dead, new research has found.

Analysis of marks found on the bone fossils of two adults and a child Neanderthal discovered in the Poitou-Charentes region of France show evidence of cuts made shortly after death to separate limbs from the body.

A study in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology revisited the 57,600-year-old fragments of the three individuals, which were found between 1967 and 1980.

Neanderthals were the cousins of modern humans

Maria Dolores Garralda, professor at the Complutense University of Madrid and main author of the study told SINC: “Some Neanderthal groups cut and tore apart child or adult corpses shortly after death using lytic instruments.”

The separated bones show “no evidence of cuts or traces of carnivores' teeth” suggesting they were removed deliberately for either food or funeral ceremony.

Garralda added: “They might have been rituals – still in the 21st century these continue in certain parts of the world – or for food – gastronomic cannibalism or due to need."

neanderthal bones
The bones were found in the Poitou-Charentes region of France
The team points out it is impossible to confirm the procedure points to cannibalism because of the proliferation of animal bones found at the site – mostly reindeer – which are also likely to have been a food source.

But it’s not the first time Neanderthals have been suspected of committing cannibalism.

In 2010 the remains of a what is believed to have been a family group of Neanderthals were found in a cave in El Sidron, Spain.

Carles Lalueze-Fox who led the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, told LiveScience: “There are many different markings in many different bones in all 12 individuals, including traditional cut marks to disarticulate bones and remove muscle insertions, snapping and fracturing of long bones to extract the marrow.”

That the remains were dated to 49,000 years ago indicates the cannibals were other Neanderthals, “since modern humans were not around at that time in Europe”, he added.

Suggestions that modern humans ate Neanderthals have been discounted by scientists. 

Neanderthals who lived in western Asia and Europe, co-existed with early modern humans for several thousand years before dying out around 30,000 years ago.

A genome taken from a 36,000-year-old skeleton last year succeeded in shedding new light on interbreeding between humans and Neanderthals. 

Known as the Kostenki genome, the DNA contained evidence the man shared, as with all people of Eurasia today, a small percentage of Neanderthal genes, confirming previous findings which show a period when Neanderthals and the first humans to leave Africa for Europe briefly interbred.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Red Paper: Canids -Foxes, Wolves, Coyotes and Mysterious Canids in the UK

The Red Paper: CANIDS

I keep telling people to arm themselves with FACTS in the anti-fox hunt debate.

My book, research started in 1977, was NOT aiming at any pro/anti stance but as I went through and studied the papers and books (1800-1990s) I found that it was NEVER EVER about pest control but sport pure and simple.

And people in the countryside were NEVER "traditionally pro-hunting" but often took hunts to court for crop damage and even killing pets/stock. 

Had many many thousands of foxes not been imported into the UK "to keep the sport alive" then by the 19th century British foxes would have been extinct like the wolf, bear and lynx.

Get fully referenced FACTS!!

Monday, 6 April 2015

The Large Hadron Collider -Dooming Planet Earth?

I am appalled but not surprised, that the public accept the utter crap spouted by 'celebrities' over the Large Hadron Collider and accept it as being...well, 'fact'.

A black hole is going to be created and suck us all in...and worse.

The Cern Press Office has corrected and shot down in flames the various silly claims and you can find more at their site with additional links:

But read this:

The safety of the LHC

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) can achieve an energy that no other particle accelerators have reached before, but Nature routinely produces higher energies in cosmic-ray collisions. Concerns about the safety of whatever may be created in such high-energy particle collisions have been addressed for many years. In the light of new experimental data and theoretical understanding, the LHC Safety Assessment Group (LSAG) has updated a review of the analysis made in 2003 by the LHC Safety Study Group, a group of independent scientists.

LSAG reaffirms and extends the conclusions of the 2003 report that LHC collisions present no danger and that there are no reasons for concern. Whatever the LHC will do, Nature has already done many times over during the lifetime of the Earth and other astronomical bodies. The LSAG report has been reviewed and endorsed by CERN’s Scientific Policy Committee, a group of external scientists that advises CERN’s governing body, its Council.

The following summarizes the main arguments given in the LSAG report. Anyone interested in more details is encouraged to consult it directly, and the technical scientific papers to which it refers.

Cosmic rays

The LHC, like other particle accelerators, recreates the natural phenomena of cosmic rays under controlled laboratory conditions, enabling them to be studied in more detail. Cosmic rays are particles produced in outer space, some of which are accelerated to energies far exceeding those of the LHC. The energy and the rate at which they reach the Earth’s atmosphere have been measured in experiments for some 70 years. Over the past billions of years, Nature has already generated on Earth as many collisions as about a million LHC experiments – and the planet still exists. Astronomers observe an enormous number of larger astronomical bodies throughout the Universe, all of which are also struck by cosmic rays. The Universe as a whole conducts more than 10 million million LHC-like experiments per second. The possibility of any dangerous consequences contradicts what astronomers see - stars and galaxies still exist.

Microscopic black holes

Nature forms black holes when certain stars, much larger than our Sun, collapse on themselves at the end of their lives. They concentrate a very large amount of matter in a very small space. Speculations about microscopic black holes at the LHC refer to particles produced in the collisions of pairs of protons, each of which has an energy comparable to that of a mosquito in flight. Astronomical black holes are much heavier than anything that could be produced at the LHC.

According to the well-established properties of gravity, described by Einstein’s relativity, it is impossible for microscopic black holes to be produced at the LHC. There are, however, some speculative theories that predict the production of such particles at the LHC. All these theories predict that these particles would disintegrate immediately. Black holes, therefore, would have no time to start accreting matter and to cause macroscopic effects.

Although theory predicts that microscopic black holes decay rapidly, even hypothetical stable black holes can be shown to be harmless by studying the consequences of their production by cosmic rays. Whilst collisions at the LHC differ from cosmic-ray collisions with astronomical bodies like the Earth in that new particles produced in LHC collisions tend to move more slowly than those produced by cosmic rays, one can still demonstrate their safety. The specific reasons for this depend whether the black holes are electrically charged, or neutral. Many stable black holes would be expected to be electrically charged, since they are created by charged particles. In this case they would interact with ordinary matter and be stopped while traversing the Earth or Sun, whether produced by cosmic rays or the LHC. The fact that the Earth and Sun are still here rules out the possibility that cosmic rays or the LHC could produce dangerous charged microscopic black holes. If stable microscopic black holes had no electric charge, their interactions with the Earth would be very weak. Those produced by cosmic rays would pass harmlessly through the Earth into space, whereas those produced by the LHC could remain on Earth. However, there are much larger and denser astronomical bodies than the Earth in the Universe. Black holes produced in cosmic-ray collisions with bodies such as neutron stars and white dwarf stars would be brought to rest. The continued existence of such dense bodies, as well as the Earth, rules out the possibility of the LHC producing any dangerous black holes.


Strangelet is the term given to a hypothetical microscopic lump of ‘strange matter’ containing almost equal numbers of particles called up, down and strange quarks. According to most theoretical work, strangelets should change to ordinary matter within a thousand-millionth of a second. But could strangelets coalesce with ordinary matter and change it to strange matter? This question was first raised before the start up of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, RHIC, in 2000 in the United States. A study at the time showed that there was no cause for concern, and RHIC has now run for eight years, searching for strangelets without detecting any. At times, the LHC will run with beams of heavy nuclei, just as RHIC does. The LHC’s beams will have more energy than RHIC, but this makes it even less likely that strangelets could form. It is difficult for strange matter to stick together in the high temperatures produced by such colliders, rather as ice does not form in hot water. In addition, quarks will be more dilute at the LHC than at RHIC, making it more difficult to assemble strange matter. Strangelet production at the LHC is therefore less likely than at RHIC, and experience there has already validated the arguments that strangelets cannot be produced.

The analysis of the first LHC data from heavy ion collisions has now confirmed the key ingredients used in the LSAG report to evaluate the upper limit on the production of hypothetical strangelets. For more details see this addendum to the LSAG report: Implications of LHC heavy ion data for multi-strange baryon production (2011)

Vacuum bubbles

There have been speculations that the Universe is not in its most stable configuration, and that perturbations caused by the LHC could tip it into a more stable state, called a vacuum bubble, in which we could not exist. If the LHC could do this, then so could cosmic-ray collisions. Since such vacuum bubbles have not been produced anywhere in the visible Universe, they will not be made by the LHC.

Magnetic monopoles

Magnetic monopoles are hypothetical particles with a single magnetic charge, either a north pole or a south pole. Some speculative theories suggest that, if they do exist, magnetic monopoles could cause protons to decay. These theories also say that such monopoles would be too heavy to be produced at the LHC. Nevertheless, if the magnetic monopoles were light enough to appear at the LHC, cosmic rays striking the Earth’s atmosphere would already be making them, and the Earth would very effectively stop and trap them. The continued existence of the Earth and other astronomical bodies therefore rules out dangerous proton-eating magnetic monopoles light enough to be produced at the LHC.

Other aspects of LHC safety:

Concern has recently been expressed that a 'runaway fusion reaction' might be created in the LHC carbon beam dump. The safety of the LHC beam dump had previously been reviewed by the relevant regulatory authorities of the CERN host states, France and Switzerland. The specific concerns expressed more recently have been addressed in a technical memorandum by Assmann et al. As they point out, fusion reactions can be maintained only in material compressed by some external pressure, such as that provided by gravity inside a star, a fission explosion in a thermonuclear device, a magnetic field in a Tokamak, or by continuing isotropic laser or particle beams in the case of inertial fusion. In the case of the LHC beam dump, it is struck once by the beam coming from a single direction. There is no countervailing pressure, so the dump material is not compressed, and no fusion is possible.

Concern has been expressed that a 'runaway fusion reaction' might be created in a nitrogen tank inside the LHC tunnel. There are no such nitrogen tanks. Moreover, the arguments in the previous paragraph prove that no fusion would be possible even if there were.

Finally, concern has also been expressed that the LHC beam might somehow trigger a 'Bose-Nova' in the liquid helium used to cool the LHC magnets. A study (link is external) by Fairbairn and McElrath has clearly shown there is no possibility of the LHC beam triggering a fusion reaction in helium.

We recall that 'Bose-Novae' are known to be related to chemical reactions that release an infinitesimal amount of energy by nuclear standards. We also recall that helium is one of the most stable elements known, and that liquid helium has been used in many previous particle accelerators without mishap. The facts that helium is chemically inert and has no nuclear spin imply that no 'Bose-Nova' can be triggered in the superfluid helium used in the LHC.

Comments on the papers by Giddings and Mangano, and by LSAG

The papers by Giddings and Mangano (link is external) and LSAG (link is external) demonstrating the safety of the LHC have been studied, reviewed and endorsed by leading experts from the CERN Member States, Japan, Russia and the United States, working in astrophysics, cosmology, general relativity, mathematics, particle physics and risk analysis, including several Nobel Laureates in Physics. They all agree that the LHC is safe.

The paper (link is external) by Giddings and Mangano has been peer-reviewed by anonymous experts in astrophysics and particle physics and published (link is external) in the professional scientific journal Physical Review D. The American Physical Society chose to highlight this as one of the most significant papers it has published recently, commissioning a commentary (link is external) by Prof. Peskin from the Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory in which he endorses its conclusions. The Executive Committee of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society has issued a statement (link is external) endorsing the LSAG report.

The LSAG report has been published (link is external) by the UK Institute of Physics in its publication Journal of Physics G. The conclusions of the LSAG report were endorsed in a press release (link is external) that announced this publication.

The conclusions of LSAG have also been endorsed (link is external) by the Particle and Nuclear Physics Section (KET) of the German Physical Society. A translation into German of the complete LSAG report may be found on the KET website, as well as here. (A translation into French of the complete LSAG report is also available.)

Thus, the conclusion that LHC collisions are completely safe has been endorsed by the three respected professional societies of physicists that have reviewed it, which rank among the most highly respected professional societies in the world.

World-renowned experts in astrophysics, cosmology, general relativity, mathematics, particle physics and risk analysis, including several Nobel Laureates in Physics, have also expressed clear individual opinions that LHC collisions are not dangerous:
"To think that LHC particle collisions at high energies can lead to dangerous black holes is rubbish. Such rumors were spread by unqualified people seeking sensation or publicity."
Academician Vitaly Ginzburg, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Lebedev Institute, Moscow, and Russian Academy of Sciences
"The operation of the LHC is safe, not only in the old sense of that word, but in the more general sense that our most qualified scientists have thoroughly considered and analyzed the risks involved in the operation of the LHC. [Any concerns] are merely hypothetical and speculative, and contradicted by much evidence and scientific analysis."
Prof. Sheldon Glashow, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Boston University,
Prof. Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Prof. Richard Wilson, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Harvard University
"The world will not come to an end when the LHC turns on. The LHC is absolutely safe. ... Collisions releasing greater energy occur millions of times a day in the earth's atmosphere and nothing terrible happens."
Prof. Steven Hawking, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University
"Nature has already done this experiment. ... Cosmic rays have hit the moon with more energy and have not produced a black hole that has swallowed up the moon. The universe doesn't go around popping off huge black holes."
Prof. Edward Kolb, Astrophysicist, University of Chicago
"I certainly have no worries at all about the purported possibility of LHC producing microscopic black holes capable of eating up the Earth. There is no scientific basis whatever for such wild speculations."
Prof. Sir Roger Penrose, Former Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Oxford University
"There is no risk [in LHC collisions, and] the LSAG report is excellent."
Prof. Lord Martin Rees, UK Astronomer Royal and President of the Royal Society of London
"Those who have doubts about LHC safety should read LSAG report where all possible risks were considered. We can be sure that particle collisions at the LHC  cannot lead to a catastrophic consequences."
Academician V.A. Rubakov, Institute for Nuclear Research, Moscow, and Russian Academy of Sciences
"We fully endorse the conclusions of the LSAG report: there is no basis for any concerns about the consequences of new particles or forms of matter that could possibly be produced at the LHC."
R. Aleksan et al., the 20 external members of the CERN Scientific Policy Committee, including Prof. Gerard 't Hooft, Nobel Laureate in Physics.
The overwhelming majority of physicists agree that microscopic black holes would be unstable, as predicted by basic principles of quantum mechanics. As discussed in the LSAG report (link is external), if microscopic black holes can be produced by the collisions of quarks and/or gluons inside protons, they must also be able to decay back into quarks and/or gluons. Moreover, quantum mechanics predicts specifically that they should decay via Hawking radiation.

Nevertheless, a few papers have suggested that microscopic black holes might be stable. The paper (link is external) by Giddings and Mangano and the LSAG report (link is external) analyzed very conservatively the hypothetical case of stable microscopic black holes and concluded that even in this case there would be no conceivable danger. Another analysis (link is external) with similar conclusions has been documented by Dr. Koch, Prof. Bleicher and Prof. Stoecker of Frankfurt University and GSI, Darmstadt, who conclude:

"We discussed the logically possible black hole evolution paths. Then we discussed every single outcome of those paths and showed that none of the physically sensible paths can lead to a black hole disaster at the LHC."

Professor Roessler (who has a medical degree and was formerly a chaos theorist in Tuebingen) also raised doubts on the existence of Hawking radiation. His ideas have been refuted by Profs. Nicolai (Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics - Albert-Einstein-Institut - in Potsdam) and Giulini, whose report (link is external) (see here for the English translation, and here for further statements) point to his failure to understand general relativity and the Schwarzschild metric, and his reliance on an alternative theory of gravity that was disproven in 1915. Their verdict:

"[Roessler's] argument is not valid; the argument is not self-consistent."

The paper of Prof. Roessler has also been criticized by Prof. Bruhn of the Darmstadt University of Technology, who concludes (link is external) that:

"Roessler's misinterpretation of the Schwarzschild metric [renders] his further considerations ... null and void. These are not papers that could be taken into account when problems of black holes are discussed."

A hypothetical scenario for possibly dangerous metastable black holes has recently been proposed (link is external) by Dr. Plaga. The conclusions of this work have been shown to be inconsistent in a second paper (link is external) by Giddings and Mangano, where it is also stated that the safety of this class of metastable black hole scenarios is already established by their original work (link is external).

Professor Sykes And DNA Results Proving Something Else....again

I am sorry but Prof. Sykes seems to have issued one positive statement followed by another. Russian hominologists were devastated (and TV filmed it all for the fun human interest side of that documentary series.

I tried twice to contact Prof. Sykes but apparently "he does not take calls" we have this.

I just throw my hands up in confusion!

Sadly, the odd news snippet will not reverse public opinion that has been based on that TV series.  Yeti -bear.  Zana -just a woman.  The whole subject -a crock of fantasy.

The myth of Bigfoot has titillated people over the centuries, with sightings recorded in the Himalayas and northwest America.

Now a leading geneticist claims to have found the best evidence that a woman who lived in 19th century Russia could have been a yeti.

Professor Bryan Sykes of the University of Oxford believes that a towering woman named Zana, had a strain of West African DNA that belonged to a subspecies of modern humans.

Her resemblance has been described as that of a wild beast, and "'the most frightening feature of which was her expression which was pure animal", one Russian zoologist wrote in 1996 according to a report in the Times.

The man who organised various eyewitness accounts of Zana wrote: "Her athletic power was enormous.
"She would outrun a horse and swim across the Moskva river, even when it rose in violent high tide.'"
Some have argued that she was a runaway Ottoman slave, but Professor Sykes says her "unparalleled DNA" refutes that theory.

Analysis of her DNA revealed that she was "100% African", but bore little physical or genetic resemblance to any modern African group, according to Sykes.

He believes her ancestors came out of Africa over 100,000 years ago and lived in the remote Caucasus for many generations.

Zana was eventually "tamed" by the nobleman who bought her as a servant and kept her on his estate in Tkhina in the Republic of Abkhazia, according to local accounts.

She was described as being incredibly muscular, slept outdoors and ran around naked until she died on the estate in 1890.

Some of the professor's colleagues doubt his previous findings – which include a claim that an unknown species of bear might account for yeti sightings in Bhutan.

Despite the lack of hard proof from the analysis of the alleged "yeti hairs"', he says he has developed a strong sense that "something is out there" after speaking to dozens of witnesses.

Professor Sykes could not say if the yeti, Bigfoot or the Russian almas is the best candidate for a surviving race of human "apemen".

He said: 'Bigfoot has many more people trying to find it. But I suppose either the yeti or the
alma/almasty, which live in inaccessible and very thinly populated regions, is the most likely.'

Sykes claims to have made further discoveries about Zana since he wrote the book, and says that he will publish them in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

More On The Non-Existent "British Sasquatch"...No, I Am Being Serious!

 No. I do NOT believe any of these so called "British Sasquatch" encounters.  Yes, there is plenty of food such as wild/water fowl, deer of many species, boar, rabbits in their millions and so on but this is all a modern myth in the UK.

I have files on the strange and weird going back centuries but even in rare and hard to find sources not a single mention of any hairy man-beasts in the UK.


If there is hard evidence to the contrary -submit it for examination.

SALFORD, England — A 48-year-old woman claims she saw a Bigfoot-like creature at a public park with a golf course and a tennis court in Lancashire, north west of England.
Buile Hill Park. Credit: Keith Williamson. CC BY-SA 2.0
Buile Hill Park. Credit: Keith Williamson. CC BY-SA 2.0

Retired cook Deborah Hatswell told Cryptozoology News that she was truanting school in 1982 when she and a friend had the face to face encounter with the beast at around 2 p.m..

“We decided to skip the afternoon lessons and go and hide out in the park till the 3.30 p.m. bell.  There is an old mansion called Summerfield in the north of the park, huge golf course and lots of trees and bushes and places to hide,” she said.

Hatswell states they had been playing around the Buile Hill Park area for about two hours when they decided to lay on the ground to take a break.

“We were just being silly giggling and playing around, it was warm and sunny and a really nice day.”
Suddenly, she said, she noticed a “slight movement” on the bushes to her right. Thinking it was a teacher about to put an end to their truancy, she became worried.

“Or maybe a local lad messing about. In the split seconds it took the bushes to part, I went from being worried to terrified. In my town, there was no talk of bigfoot or monsters, although we do have the famous haunted Ordsall hall, but thats about as strange as it gets, or so I thought.”

The young girl’s worst nightmares reportedly materialized when she caught a glimpse of the “thing” peeking at the pair through the green vegetation.

“A huge ape-man type thing leant forward and just looked at me, from about mid-chest I could see him and he was in my mind a monster,” Hatswell recalls.

According to the woman, there were only about 8 feet between them and the unidentified animal. She described it as a big-headed primate-like creature without hair on its face.

“My father is a big strong man and he made my dad look tiny,” she explained. “He looked like an ape version of us, his head was huge, large jaw muscles, hair was very dark brown and reddish when the sun caught it, he had eyes like ours but in proportion to his face, a similar nose but flatter and lips and teeth like ours, his eyes were dark and amber at the same time. He had very tanned leathery skin, no hair on his face, except for his jaw and chin. I could see his shoulders, top of his arms and a small amount of chest, no neck really, he was completely covered in hair, I didn’t see ears as I was still looking up at this point.”
As the purported beast curiously scanned the girls, Hatswell decided it was time to get out of there. And she ran, as fast as she could, until reaching her house.

“I reacted with fear and I’m ashamed to say I pushed my friend over and took off running. As I looked back, she was up and running too, and he just leant back into the greenery and within two steps, he was gone.”

For a while, Hatswell says she didn’t tell anyone about the incident . She also blamed her friend for “talking her into skipping school”.

“We never really ever talked again after that,” she said.

But when she decided to come forward, Hatswell’s story wasn’t well received.

“I told my mum and she thought I’d just seen a homeless person, everybody thought I was just being dramatic.”

So, she says she began doing her own research. She read paranormal books and studied similar cases from the United States. Then, she came across the Patterson-Gimlin film.
“‘Patty’ looked very similar, but just not the same.”

Years went by and her experience still remained a mystery. And when it looked as though Hatswell had finally given up, a TV show dug up the cryptid memories.

” The Sykesville monster appears, it was so close to what I had seen it took me right back,” she explains. “I was crying and shaking, and I was 15 again, looking at him. At that point I decided  I needed to put this to bed once and for all.”

She figures contacting a British Bigfoot website would most likely help her decipher the decades-old encounter.

“But they didn’t want to know. They said it was ‘too close too town’. I got out the maps and started to work out how he got there. I’m finding green corridors in the country parks and off to the moors. I started looking at old Woodwoose articles and finding people in the comments who had had experiences,” says the retired cook.

The Woodwoose, also known as the Wodewose or the Wild Man, is a mythical creature present in European literature from the Middle Ages. Critics believe that inaccurate accounts of possible apes written by explorers and travelers in that time period may have been responsible for the creation of the myth.

And Hatswell, who was forced to quit her job due to an accident she had nine years ago, has now become an investigator and, indirectly, a paramount source of Bigfoot stories coming out of the United Kingdom. She has collected hundreds of eyewitness accounts.

“I met most of my fellow team member this way too, most of whom have had their own sighting and a need to understand like myself. We set up blogs and Facebook pages, expanding the net and finding more and more witnesses.”

And it appears that the hard work has finally paid off.

“This month, a lady from the area came forward and said she saw the same thing in 1984, I have contacted her but as of yet have not received a reply,” she said.

The Buile Hill Mansion stands behind the thick vegetation of the park in the 1860s. Credit: University of Salford. CC BY 2.0
The Buile Hill Mansion stands behind the thick vegetation of the park in the 1860s. Credit: University of Salford. CC BY 2.0

Used as a military base during both world wars, the 87 acre park remains the largest of its kind in Salford.

In 2007, the local media announced plans for the conversion of the 1827 Buile Hill Mansion to a Hilton hotel. These plans reportedly came to an end three years later after the the National Lottery refused to provide with the needed funding.

Space radio waves align in mysterious mathematical pattern, could be produced by alien technology

 It is going to be interesting to see what follows on from this.  Concentration of scanning gear aimed at a very specific point in space?  Or, "Let's wait a few more years, see what they find before we all group together to do anything"?

I know what my money is on (if I was a betting man!)
Mysterious bursts of energy coming from space align in a mathematical pattern, and so could be emanating from alien technology, according to scientists.

Blitzars, which last only about a millisecond, have been detected by telescopes since about 2001 and have been heard ten times since. And nobody really knows where they come from, or why they happen.
But a new study has found that the bursts line up in a way that is not explained by existing physics, reports the New Scientist.

Scientists tried to work out how far the bursts have travelled through space to get to us, using “dispersion measures”. That looks at how the radiowaves that are being sent get scattered as they travel through space — the higher the dispersion measure, the further that radiowaves seem to have been sent before they arrived.

All of the ten bursts that have been detected so far have dispersion measures that line up as multiples of a single number: 187.5. The chances of them doing so are 5 in 10,000, the scientists behind the study claim.

John Learned, from the University of Hawaii in Manoa, led the study with Michael Hippke from the Institute for Data Analysis in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany. Learned said that the line-up was “very, very hard to explain”.

There are two theories for why the coincidence is happening, according to the researchers. The first proposes that each of the bursts were sent from regularly spaced intervals: five sources, at equally spaced distances from the Earth. But the more likely one says that they probably came from somewhere much closer, like in the Milky Way, but are being mysteriously sent with a delay that matches up to the strange pattern.

There is little reason for the bursts to line up in this way if they are being sent by natural bodies, the scientists said. Some stars have sent out bursts of radio waves, but without the power or regular pattern that has been found in the fast radio bursts. However, it may be that there is some astrophysics that scientists are yet to understand that has been driving the timing.

It could also be that the signals are not coming from space at all, but form much closer. The messages could be coming from a secret satellite that is hiding its messages so that they appear to come from much deeper in space.

But the scientists conclude that if none of the other explanations work out, “An artificial source (human or non-human) must be considered”.

While scientists have long considered that the bursts could be messages from aliens, the new finding could lend extra credence to that theory. Researchers have been attempting to work out whether a message is encoded in the bursts — and it seems they might now have found one.

 See also