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New biggest radio telescope to help detect alien signals – CNET

China’s Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope is being used to watch the galaxies and listen for possible intelligent civilizations beyond our solar system. Xinhua China plans to amp up its ability to search for aliens, dark matter, gravitational waves and other mysteries of the universe by building the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope.  The country already hosts the world’s largest radio telescope, the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). It and Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory are basically huge stationary dishes built into the landscape. But fully steerable radio…

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‘Lava tube skylights’ on the moon call to caving astronauts – CNET

These may be lava tube skylights. NASA LRO LROC Future astronauts on the moon might need to hone their spelunking skills before they visit.  A new study from the SETI Institute and the Mars Institute looks at a series of pits seen by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). These pits might actually be lava tube skylights, which are entrances to underground tunnels that were once filled with lava. Those tunnels could be key to accessing usable water on the moon. The area of interest is the large Philolaus Crater near…

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LIFE ON MARS: NASA rover finds ‘unique fossils’ on Red Planet

Photographs taken by NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity, Lens Imager (MAHLI) may show trace fossils on the Red Planet, according to researcher Barry DiGregorio. Mr DiGregorio, who written several research papers about Mars, believes that the images taken at the start of 2018 could be similar to Ordovician trace fossils. He said: “They look remarkably similar to Ordovician trace fossils I have studied and photographed here on Earth. “If not trace fossils, what other geological explanations will NASA come up with?” Mr DiGregorio is a research fellow at the Buckingham Centre…

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15 science & tech leaders offer surprising predictions for 2018

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE The past year has been a momentous one for science and technology. From the detection of gravitational waves (predicted almost a century ago by Einstein) to the rise of virtual currencies like Bitcoin to the creation of genetically modified human embryos, 2017 was marked by all sorts of remarkable discoveries and innovations. What will 2018 bring? No one knows for sure. But as we did for 2017, we asked top scientists and thought leaders in innovation what they expect to see in the new year.…

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What Does a U.F.O. Look Like? A Few Unexplained Sightings

The New York Times reported earlier this week that the Department of Defense spent $22 million dollars on secret funding for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. The revelation that the U.S. government has put so much money toward a U.F.O. identification program raises the obvious question: why? For decades, tabloids and individuals have made claims of spotting U.F.O.s in the skies. The vast majority have been quite quickly debunked. A few more famous sightings, as the Times and LiveScience report, still have not been explained. It’s important to take the phrase “unexplained…

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Ursid Meteor Shower 2017: When is it? Where can you see it? 

Stargazers can expect to see an intense burst of shooting stars known as Ursid meteors at 2.29am EST time in the skies, according to NASA. The best time to view the Ursids are between midnight and before dawn. What is the Ursid meteor shower? The spectacular event, caused by dust particles left behind by comet 8P/Tuttle, is expected to last between two and three hours on the night after the shortest day of the year. The comet, first discovered in 1790, before being re-discovered by Horace Tuttle in 1858, orbits…

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SETI scientists report radio silence from interstellar object but will keep listening

The Breakthrough Listen initiative uses the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. (NRAO Photo) More News Brief: The scientists behind the Breakthrough Listen initiative say they haven’t detected any radio signals coming from a strange interstellar object known as ‘Oumuamua, but there are still more observations to be made and analyzed. About 90 trillion bytes of data were collected Wednesday during the first of four planned listening sessions at the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. The Breakthrough Listen science team at the University of California at Berkeley has put out a…

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Is Oumuamua an alien spaceship? Does NASA know the TRUTH behind cigar-shaped asteroid?

Initial scans of the mysterious cigar-shaped object have found no signs of extraterrestrial life but scientists are still scanning to find evidence of its supposed artificial origin. The breakthrough announcement was made by scientists at the Breakthrough Listen Initiative who have blasted the asteroid with radio signals from the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, US. Oumuamua caught the attention of astronomers across the globe due its unprecedented shape, sparking fears it was an alien spaceship from beyond the solar system. It was given a name which in Hawaiian means…

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Asteroid investigated by Stephen Hawking is ‘ALIEN probe with broken engines’

The mysterious entity, which has been named “Oumuamua”, was at first believed to be a comet or an asteroid – the first of which to enter our solar system from interstellar space. But on closer inspection of the ‘comet’, scientists, including a group backed by Stephen Hawking, claimed there was something odd about it and are now examining whether it is an alien space ship. One researcher, Dr Jason Wright of Penn State University is convinced the object is an extra-terrestrial craft, and says the way the object moves suggests…

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Astronomers check ‘alien’ asteroid thing for actual aliens – CNET

This artist’s impression shows ‘Oumuamua, an interstellar asteroid. ESO/M. Kornmesser Beginning in October, astronomers spotted what seems to be an asteroid, one that’s not from around here, speeding through our cosmic neighborhood. Now a group interested in searching for alien intelligence is checking the odd object for signs of life and smarts. By November, more observations of the object, which has since been given the name ‘Oumuamua, revealed its red hue and shape — unlike most other asteroids which tend to be vaguely spherical, ‘Oumuamua is oblong, like a cigar…

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