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Breaking news: Still no alien life

To be fair I was thinking of The Onion when I wrote the headline, but the truth is every so often I get a fresh opportunity to remind people of some fundamental facts about the universe. As far as it pertains to life in the universe: we’re it. Recently a fresh attempt at finding traces of alien life through radio signals once again came up empty handed. One of the team behind Breakthrough Listen said, We scoured thousands of hours of observations of nearby stars, across billions of frequency channels.…

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The Curiosity Index (18.12.2017)

Killing Gävle: The Swedish city where a 40ft goat battles for the spirit of Christmas This (20 minute) little film about a Swedish town (about two hours north of Stockholm) is very interesting. Weird traditions, pagan roots, secular values and Christianity all merge and blend into a compelling cocktail. Watch it. Estonia, the Digital Republic This is one potential future direction of the nation state. It’s an absolutely fascinating experiment that really only a very small country can pioneer. Oumuamua and the Fermi paradox Oumuamua has provoked another sign of the growing…

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The Curiosity Index (05.10.2017)

Why We’ll Have Evidence of Aliens—If They Exist—By 2035 It’s always 20 years from now but hopers will hope. But our ability to search improves with every technological innovation. I compare the situation to the year 1491. European civilization had been around for 2,500 years, yet the Americas were not on any map. Mesoamerican civilization, for its part, had been around for about as long, but also was ignorant of what lay over the oceans. With a glimpse and a shout from a sailor on the Pinta, everything changed. Here’s…

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We are alone in the universe

It seems the question, is there other intelligent life (or any kind of life for that matter) in the universe continues to be a bothersome one for some of Earth’s brightest minds. Let me make this easy. We are alone. Completely and utterly alone. Even if we weren’t the chances of ever encountering anything in your lifetime or the lifetime of your great-great-great-great-great-grandchild is so infinitesimally small, that you might as well be. Estimates (or if we’re honest complete guesses and pulling numbers out of, ahem, space) say there must…

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