Thought for the month

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” Ovid, Roman Poet (43 BC – 17 AD).

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Help find ET

Are we alone? After 3 years of searching the Breakthrough Listen project notes that “We found no evidence of artificial signals from beyond Earth, but this doesn't mean there isn't intelligent life out there: we may just not have looked in the right place yet, or peered deep enough to detect faint signals”. In sharing its two recent papers and 1 PB of raw observational data the team is encouraging the astronomical community to look afresh with different tools and perspectives. Did they miss something?

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