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Arecibo makes plans for new message to aliens

The Arecibo Observatory today kicked off a student-focused competition to design a new message to beam to extraterrestrials, 44 years to the day since the first deliberate message was sent out from Arecibo’s 1,000-foot-wide radio telescope. “Our society and our … Continue reading

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Was interstellar object an alien sail? Not so fast

‘Oumuamua is long gone from the inner solar system, but the mystery surrounding the interstellar interloper has been rekindled, thanks to a research paper written by two Harvard astronomers. The paper, suggesting that the cigar-shaped object could have been an alien light sail, … Continue reading

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NASA turns to the search for technosignatures

It’s been a quarter-century since Congress cut off NASA funding for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, but now the space agency is revisiting the topic under another name: technosignatures. “I’m excited to announce that NASA is taking the … Continue reading

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Court filings link observatory shutdown to porn

A federal search warrant indicates that the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico and surrounding homes were evacuated this month not because of alien visitation, but because of a child pornography investigation. The warrant and an accompanying affidavit lays out … Continue reading

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Why was solar observatory closed? (It wasn’t aliens)

After days of fighting rumors about alien visitations, the managers of the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico say they’re reopening the facility — and have shed more light on the reason for its 10-day security-related closure. Get the full story … Continue reading

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Imagine intelligent aliens on water worlds

Instead of cave dwellers gathered around a campfire, roasting mastodon meat, imagine an octopus tribe floating around a hydrothermal vent at the seafloor, boiling lobsters. That’s the scenario sketched out by Dirk Schulze-Makuch, an astrobiologist at Germany’s Technical Institute Berlin … Continue reading

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Scientists revise scale for weighing E.T. contact

For almost 60 years, efforts to pick up signs of extraterrestrial civilizations have yielded a big fat zero, but there have been plenty of false alarms to contend with. To provide a reality check, the International Academy of Astronautics adopted … Continue reading

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