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Carl Dechant 2018-01-11
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Some scientists search the heavens for signs of life in space with optical telescopes and others search the skies with radio telescopes.

The former gives us incredible images to look at and the latter looks for radio signals from all sorts of objects in space including potentially intelligent life.

Scientists are currently searching for the source of a set of Fast Radio Bursts or FRB that happened in 2016.

This FRB is called FRB 121102 and it is unique because it is the only known repeating FRB source.

The fact that the FRBs can be picked up repeatedly tells scientists that it’s not some one-time cataclysmic event.

The team is using the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to analyze data on 16 bursts from RB 121102.

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Joel Schroeder 2018-06-11
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Shortly after a man killed a rattlesnake in his backyard, the rattlesnake's severed head bit and injected venom into the man, seriously injuring him, according to news reports.

But when he bent down to dispose of the snake, its decapitated head bit his hand.

[Image Gallery: Snakes of the World]

The answer has to do with the snake's physiology.

Snakes are cold-blooded creatures, meaning they get heat from external sources, such as sunlight and warm surfaces.

(The scientific term for this is "ectotherm.")

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Daniel Martin 2016-11-15
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File photo - a contestant waits in line for her turn in the UFO costume contest in Roswell.

Any intelligent aliens that humans manage to contact probably won't look much like you or me, or the squid-like creatures in the new film "Arrival."

If an extraterrestrial species becomes advanced enough to send signals Earthlings can pick up, it will likely shed its traditional biological trappings and become a form of machine intelligence in rather short order, said veteran alien hunter Seth Shostak.

To make his case, Shostak pointed to the path that humanity appears to be on.

The human species invented the radio around 1900 and the computer in 1945, and it's already manufacturing relatively cheap devices with greater computing power than the human brain.

The famous futurist Ray Kurzweil, for example, has pegged 2045 as the year this world-changing "singularity" will hit.

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Theodore Davis 2018-02-26
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But even if this alien race never departed from their homeworld and merely sent us a message instead, “decontaminating” the transmission and understanding its contents would be nearly impossible and even highly dangerous, indicates a recent report.

The underlying problem is the infinite unknown.

On the most basic level, a message might represent a statement like, ‘We will make your sun go supernova tomorrow,'” the report states.

More realistically, a longer text could have a demoralizing cultural influence.”

But what if the message was bigger and contained data?

If a single isolated PC contained the message, then whatever possible malicious intent is contained.

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Raymond Maxwell 2016-07-07
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First planet spotted by SPHERE is a weird one

Artist's impression of triple star system around planet HD131399Ab.

A newly discovered planet is wedged in-between three stars and experiences triple sunrises and sunsets every day, according to new research published in Science.

The planet, HD 131399Ab, is 340 light years away from Earth and can be found in Centaurus constellation – one of the largest constellations in the sky.

"HD 131399Ab is one of the few exoplanets that have been directly imaged, and it's the first one in such an interesting dynamical configuration," said Daniel Apai, an assistant professor of astronomy and planetary sciences at the University of Arizona, who leads a research group dedicated to finding and observing exoplanets.

It is the first time that an exoplanet has been spotted using the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch Instrument SPHERE in Chile.

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James Farr 2016-08-24
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Adult Swim Games is publishing a new ToeJam & Earl game for PCs and consoles that pays tribute to the series formative years on the 16-bit Sega Genesis.

ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove, launching in 2017, reunites the funky alien pair for a new procedurally generated quest, and developer Humanature Studios notes that multiplayer co-op will play a significant role in the finished product.

1992 s ToeJam & Earl broke new ground during an era defined by mascot platformers, presenting players a unique overhead-view adventure with roguelike elements.

ToeJam & Earl stars a pair of wayward alien rappers who have crash-landed on Earth and must seek a way home while dodging their clueless human pursuers.

The original ToeJam & Earl featured procedurally generated levels with randomly distributed items that give players brief boosts in attack power and maneuverability, and the upcoming sequel will feature gameplay in the same vein.

With Back in the Groove, Humanature Studios retains the series distinctive mix of action and roguelike gameplay while adding new worlds, items, weapons, and playable characters.

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Carl Dechant 2018-01-11
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Some scientists search the heavens for signs of life in space with optical telescopes and others search the skies with radio telescopes.

The former gives us incredible images to look at and the latter looks for radio signals from all sorts of objects in space including potentially intelligent life.

Scientists are currently searching for the source of a set of Fast Radio Bursts or FRB that happened in 2016.

This FRB is called FRB 121102 and it is unique because it is the only known repeating FRB source.

The fact that the FRBs can be picked up repeatedly tells scientists that it’s not some one-time cataclysmic event.

The team is using the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to analyze data on 16 bursts from RB 121102.

Daniel Martin 2016-11-15
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File photo - a contestant waits in line for her turn in the UFO costume contest in Roswell.

Any intelligent aliens that humans manage to contact probably won't look much like you or me, or the squid-like creatures in the new film "Arrival."

If an extraterrestrial species becomes advanced enough to send signals Earthlings can pick up, it will likely shed its traditional biological trappings and become a form of machine intelligence in rather short order, said veteran alien hunter Seth Shostak.

To make his case, Shostak pointed to the path that humanity appears to be on.

The human species invented the radio around 1900 and the computer in 1945, and it's already manufacturing relatively cheap devices with greater computing power than the human brain.

The famous futurist Ray Kurzweil, for example, has pegged 2045 as the year this world-changing "singularity" will hit.

Raymond Maxwell 2016-07-07
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First planet spotted by SPHERE is a weird one

Artist's impression of triple star system around planet HD131399Ab.

A newly discovered planet is wedged in-between three stars and experiences triple sunrises and sunsets every day, according to new research published in Science.

The planet, HD 131399Ab, is 340 light years away from Earth and can be found in Centaurus constellation – one of the largest constellations in the sky.

"HD 131399Ab is one of the few exoplanets that have been directly imaged, and it's the first one in such an interesting dynamical configuration," said Daniel Apai, an assistant professor of astronomy and planetary sciences at the University of Arizona, who leads a research group dedicated to finding and observing exoplanets.

It is the first time that an exoplanet has been spotted using the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch Instrument SPHERE in Chile.

Joel Schroeder 2018-06-11
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Shortly after a man killed a rattlesnake in his backyard, the rattlesnake's severed head bit and injected venom into the man, seriously injuring him, according to news reports.

But when he bent down to dispose of the snake, its decapitated head bit his hand.

[Image Gallery: Snakes of the World]

The answer has to do with the snake's physiology.

Snakes are cold-blooded creatures, meaning they get heat from external sources, such as sunlight and warm surfaces.

(The scientific term for this is "ectotherm.")

Theodore Davis 2018-02-26
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But even if this alien race never departed from their homeworld and merely sent us a message instead, “decontaminating” the transmission and understanding its contents would be nearly impossible and even highly dangerous, indicates a recent report.

The underlying problem is the infinite unknown.

On the most basic level, a message might represent a statement like, ‘We will make your sun go supernova tomorrow,'” the report states.

More realistically, a longer text could have a demoralizing cultural influence.”

But what if the message was bigger and contained data?

If a single isolated PC contained the message, then whatever possible malicious intent is contained.

James Farr 2016-08-24
img

Adult Swim Games is publishing a new ToeJam & Earl game for PCs and consoles that pays tribute to the series formative years on the 16-bit Sega Genesis.

ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove, launching in 2017, reunites the funky alien pair for a new procedurally generated quest, and developer Humanature Studios notes that multiplayer co-op will play a significant role in the finished product.

1992 s ToeJam & Earl broke new ground during an era defined by mascot platformers, presenting players a unique overhead-view adventure with roguelike elements.

ToeJam & Earl stars a pair of wayward alien rappers who have crash-landed on Earth and must seek a way home while dodging their clueless human pursuers.

The original ToeJam & Earl featured procedurally generated levels with randomly distributed items that give players brief boosts in attack power and maneuverability, and the upcoming sequel will feature gameplay in the same vein.

With Back in the Groove, Humanature Studios retains the series distinctive mix of action and roguelike gameplay while adding new worlds, items, weapons, and playable characters.