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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

It Sounds Dramatic But -SETI Is Investigating a Possible Extraterrestrial Signal

The Observer has this story an it is intertesting that this all came about because of a privately circulated paper so that others could check and agree or disagree about the "signal".  This is scientific caution and not looking like an ass  -I'm old enough to remember "strange signals" detected by Jodrell Bank in the early days -those turned out to be interference from a lawn mower.

It is exciting but there is so much noise out in space everything has to be double and triple checked yet there has to be something if SETI is going to spend time and money on this.

My local radio station presenter just announced that "Scientists listened for a blip signal over the weekend.  Guess what? They found nothing.  Face it: we're alone in the universe, scary but that's it!" Well, there you have it.  A man who can just about babble out a sentence, gets song titles wrong, seems stuck in the early 1990s and worries about his loss of hair just gave his opinion.  SETI take note.

The RATAN-600 Radio Telescope in Russia
The RATAN-600 Radio Telescope in Russia. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Not a Drill: SETI Is Investigating a Possible Extraterrestrial Signal From Deep Space

If the signal is truly from an alien world, it’s one far more advanced than ours

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