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ETs make contact

 

This is how it happens when extraterrestrials make contact with Earth.

It starts with a newspaper report about suspicious activity at a space research facility—government agents and military vehicles. The local sheriff gets angry and confused. Then the TV news reports feature interviews with locals saying things like, “Nothing really happens here very much. And since nobody knows, it could be almost anything.”

All that has happened over the last week at the National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico, 130 miles southwest of Roswell—and the situation is still a mystery.

It seems to have started last Friday when the observatory was temporarily closed because of an undisclosed security issue. Shari Lifson, a spokesperson for the group that manages the facility—Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)—told the Alamogordo Daily News: “We have decided to vacate the facility at this time as a precautionary measure. It was our decision to evacuate the facility.”

Otero County Sheriff Benny House told the Daily News that FBI agents told his officers to “standby,” and would not explain the security threat to him or why the federal law enforcement agency was involved. “But for the FBI to get involved that quick and be so secretive about it, there was a lot of stuff going on up there,” House said to the Daily News. “There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers, but nobody would tell us anything.”

House seemed especially confused since the staff at the observatory aren’t federal employees, as far as he knows. “These guys are regular workers that work for this company. I don’t know why the FBI would get involved so quick and not tell us anything,” he told the Daily News.

Frank Fisher, a public affairs officer at FBI’s Albuquerque Division, told Gizmodo that it was referring all inquiries to AURA. Lifson of AURA told Gizmodo today that the facility is still closed because the research group is still “addressing a security issue” and “is working with the proper authorities on this issue,” but has no further comment about the nature of the security issue.

A dispatcher at the Otero County Sheriff’s office told Gizmodo that the matter is still a complete mystery to their office. “We don’t know what is going on. We haven’t had any updates. We haven’t gotten any information at all,” he said. “There’s not much we can do about it. We’ve decided to respect their wishes. We’re not going to make any inquiries and they’re not telling us.”

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So the FBI and some blackhawk helicopters seized a deep listening telescope the day after this headline?:

SETI neural networks spot dozens of new mysterious signals emanating from distant galaxy

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The perennial optimists at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, have joined the rest of the world in deploying AI to help manage huge data sets — and their efforts almost instantly bore fruit. Seventy-two new “fast radio bursts” from a mysteriously noisy galaxy 3 billion miles away were discovered in previously analyzed data by using a custom machine learning model.

To be clear, this isn’t Morse code or encrypted instructions to build a teleporter, à la Contact, or at least not that we know of. But these fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are poorly understood and may very well represent, at the very least, some hitherto unobserved cosmic phenomenon. FRB 121102 is the only stellar object known to give off the signals regularly, and so is the target of continued observation.

The data comes from the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia (above), which was pointed toward this source of fast and bright (hence the name) bursts for five hours in August of 2017. Believe it or not, that five-hour session yielded 400 terabytes of transmission data.

Initial “standard” algorithms identified 21 FRBs, all happening in one hour’s worth of the observations. But Gerry Zhang, a graduate student at UC Berkeley and part of the Breakthrough Listen project, created a convolutional neural network system that would theoretically scour the data set more effectively. Sure enough, the machine learning model picked out 72 more FRBs in the same period.

That’s quite an improvement, though it’s worth noting that without manual and traditional methods to find an initial set of interesting data, we would have little with which to train such neural networks. They’re complementary tools; one is not necessarily succeeding the other.

The paper on the discoveries, co-authored by Cal postdoc Vishal Gajjar, is due to be published in the Astrophysical Journal. Breakthrough Listen is one of the initiatives funded by billionaires Yuri and Julia Milner, of mail.ru and DST fame. The organization posted its own press release for the work.

The new data suggests that the signals are not being received in any kind of pattern we can determine, at least no pattern longer than 10 milliseconds. That may sound discouraging, but it’s just as important to rule things out as it is to find something new.

“Gerry’s work is exciting not just because it helps us understand the dynamic behavior of FRBs in more detail, but also because of the promise it shows for using machine learning to detect signals missed by classical algorithms,” explained Berkeley’s Andrew Siemion, who leads the SETI research center there and is principal investigator for Breakthrough Listen.

And if we’re being imaginative, there’s no reason some hyper-advanced civilization couldn’t cram a bunch of interesting info into such short bursts, or use a pattern we haven’t yet grokked. We don’t know what we don’t know, after all.

Whatever the case, SETI and Breakthrough will continue to keep their antennas fastened on FRB 121102. Even if they don’t turn out to be alien SOS signals, it’s good solid science. You can keep up with the Berkeley SETI center’s work right here.

 

 

Entirely a coincidence, right?

 

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6 minutes ago, Leroy Hoard said:

They would rather we think it's aliens as opposed to zombies.

You're thinking of Florida.

Zombie apocalypse is definitely starting in Florida.

 

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3 minutes ago, Sinn Fein said:

You're thinking of Florida.

Zombie apocalypse is definitely starting in Florida.

 

I beg to differ... the hot topic here in Michigan (especially this close to hunting season) is about the DNR's new hunting regulations to curb CWD (chronic wasting disease) in whitetail deer..  This is how the zombie apocalypse will start... Rednecks eating deer with CWD and getting it themselves...

It starts here...in the Mitten

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31 minutes ago, Walking Boot said:

Believe it or not, that five-hour session yielded 400 terabytes of transmission data.

That's crazy.  An hour of HD video (with audio) is roughly one GB.  So 5 hours would be 5 GB.  This is ~80,000x that (is my math right there?).

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42 minutes ago, Sinn Fein said:

Turns out ET apparently likes Child Porn.

I, for one, no longer welcome our alien overlords

That is a great cover story.  Just saying.

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On ‎9‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 2:04 PM, Walking Boot said:

So the FBI and some blackhawk helicopters seized a deep listening telescope the day after this headline?:

SETI neural networks spot dozens of new mysterious signals emanating from distant galaxy

Seventy-two new “fast radio bursts” from a mysteriously noisy galaxy 3 billion miles away

 

3 billion miles won't even get you to Neptune.

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From the link... this guy isn’t real smart...

An investigation by the FBI revealed that a janitor is the main suspect in the search, however he has not been charged with a crime even though his name is on the warrant.

The warrant states the suspect would use the observatory Wifi and a personal laptop to download the child pornography. 

A limited number of people have access to the observatory from dusk until dawn, which helped narrow their search.

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39 minutes ago, Mjolnirs said:

That is a great cover story.  Just saying.

You don't break out the Blackhawks for a pedo. Plus they evacuated the entire mountain. 

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1 hour ago, Buddy Ball 2K3 said:

Are there really people that still believe we are the only planet with living organisms on it?

Do you have evidence to the contrary?

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The Q pedo conspiracy has now expanded to include other worlds.  Makes sense.

Edited by Osaurus
Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos
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6 minutes ago, Dickies said:

Deep State.

Not to pee in the FFA...when this should be in the Politcal Forum....but:

Toy Story and its characters are loved by children.

Tom Hanks was in Toy Story.

Tom Hanks is rumored to be part of that big pedophilia thing that took place in that Pizza Place.

Pizza Planet is in Toy Story....and INTERGALACTIC PIZZA PLACE.

 

 

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48 minutes ago, E Street Brat said:

How far to uranus?

Oh it is much closer.

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1 minute ago, Buddy Ball 2K3 said:

Math

Yes, I am very familiar with it, but expected likely hood and evidence for existence are not the same thing.

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3 minutes ago, Galileo said:

Yes, I am very familiar with it, but expected likely hood and evidence for existence are not the same thing.

I would bet my money with the mathematical odds vs the evidence that there isn't

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The source of child pornography was traced to an IP address used at the observatory and a source within the building observed a computer with "not good" images on it, the warrant states.


Understatement of the year.

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33 minutes ago, Buddy Ball 2K3 said:

I would bet my money with the mathematical odds vs the evidence that there isn't

Mathematical odds of how life comes from non-life are a lot slimmer than some people like to admit since we really have no idea how that happens.

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3 hours ago, Buddy Ball 2K3 said:

Are there really people that still believe we are the only planet with living organisms on it?

I would guess that at least half of the US would says that life only exists on earth. Probably more. 

Its incredibly likely this isn’t true. 

However - ‘aliens’ in common parlance refers to intelligent beings who are usually more advanced than us. There’s no way to know whether any ‘life’ in the universe would fit anything close to this understanding. 

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1 minute ago, mr roboto said:

I would guess that at least half of the US would says that life only exists on earth. Probably more. 

Its incredibly likely this isn’t true. 

However - ‘aliens’ in common parlance refers to intelligent beings who are usually more advanced than us. There’s no way to know whether any ‘life’ in the universe would fit anything close to this understanding. 

I would be stunned if there isn't life out there that's smarter than a good deal of the people I see on a daily basis. 

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3 hours ago, Snickers said:

The only thing I don’t really get is the aliens fascination with New Mexico. I mean if you are going to visit Earth why there?

Erich von Daniken did a great job explaining this in the original Ancient Aliens TV special (before the show was a thing).

It's the same reason as why aliens visited all the  ancient central American civilizations. Geography. Central and SW US is mainly desert. But it isn't sandy desert, it's just desolate and arid. That makes it an easy location to extract soil, the land, and get a quick idea of what kind of materials the planet is composed of.

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46 minutes ago, Gawain said:

Probably a work incident you can't Costanza your way out of.

Was that wrong? Because if I had known...

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