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The Fermi Paradox and Where It Leads Us

Guest article by Andrew Fain. Enrico Fermi was a theoretical and experimental  physicist  known for his work on the first nuclear reactor, contributions to quantum theory, particle physics and statistical mechanics.  He won the nobel prize in 1938 and was widely known as the father of the atomic bomb along with Robert Oppenheimer. Enrico Fermi [...]

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Book Review- “Signals from the Void” A Collection of Short Storys to Support SETI

Buy Signals from the Void! and donate $1 to SETI all in one go. The official description of the e-book- “In the farthest reaches of the universe, in places our eyes have yet to behold, lurks the unknown. We search for life that we have dubbed ‘alien’ in hopes of making contact and bettering our [...]

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Carnival of Space 181

Lots of links from astronomy and space blogs including a little science.

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An Earthlike Planet Is Coming Soon …

One day in the future perhaps not 10 years from now we will be able to look up into the night sky at particular stars and know that they have Earth like planets orbiting them. SETI is going to scan the stars with exoplanets for intelligent life in 2011 and you never know do you? [...]

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Would Finding an Alien Civilisation Prove or Deny the Existence of God?

Does God exist? That is a question that has been pondered over for 1000s of years since humanity could first think about his existence. Religions claim to know the answer and scientists take an objective view that is always changing as evidence appears. Most religions have to look at their beliefs differently or disregard science [...]

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How Did the Earth Get It’s Water?

How did the Earth come to possess water? Did some alien ship have too much and dump it or is there some simpler explanation? Through a process that lasted millions of years the Earth was made from a cloud of dust and gas. At the later stages of formation the Earth was an extremely hot [...]

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Latest Update on Exoplanets Lecture (July 2010)

The latest on the search for planets in other planetary systems. .

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A Good Chance of Life on Mars

This is a good lecture on why there’s a 1 in 4 chance of life (in Penelope’ Bostons opinion anyway) under the surface on Mars.

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Where Should We Look for Alien Artefacts?

There is a problem with our approach at the moment when looking for alien civilisations. SETI looks for signals that are sent by the electromagnetic spectrum and their are a lot of frequencies to search. If you pair this with the size of the universe you can see how SETI is really looking for a [...]

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How to Talk to Aliens

Lots of signals have gone into space such as TV, radar and radio. The signals have been betraying our presence for 60 years and have passed over about 6000 star systems and are reaching new systems every day. This would seem to be enough, even though we haven’t received anything back yet, but what if [...]

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Good Evidence for Life on Saturn’s Moon Titan

The Cassini spacecraft has noticed on Titan, Saturn’s moon, that hydrogen molecules flow down through the atmosphere and disappear when they reach the surface (Icarus Journal). Also the hydrocarbons on the surface of Titan have been mapped and show that there is a lack of acetylne (Journal of geophysical research). The lack of acetylne could [...]

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A Debate on the Existence of Intelligent Life

The great debate is held at Berkley university and this one is on SETI, it’s worth a listen. SETI debate

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Best Of The Week Podcast- SETI and the Universe

Fifty years ago, a young astronomer named Frank Drake pointed a radio telescope at nearby stars in the hope of picking up a signal from an alien civilization. Thus began one of the boldest scientific projects in history: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). A great lecture with slides from the Royal Society. Join the [...]

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Best Of The Week Podcast- The History Of The Search For Extraterrestrial Life (SETI)

The story and history of SETI the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The ups and downs of the alien search with Frank Drake and a few critics. [podcast]http://www.weirdwarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/history seti.mp3[/podcast]

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Kepler, Finding New Planets & Adopting A Star.

On my voyage across the Internet I bumped into something that I had been thinking about for a long time. Name a star was high up on my list of things that I must do but never got round to because I just really didn’t want to get conned. Well, I took the leap and [...]

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Best of the Web- The Earth in 1000 Years

Where will all the rubbish go? Space stations? Will aliens notice us if they come to visit and we are extinct? Sending a message to ET. A discussion on the problems and the benefits of living in the universe 1000 years in the future. Podcast (Part 2) Join the forum discussion on this post – [...]

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Defining Alien Life & The Different Weird Forms ET Could Take

The universe is full of stars. We are not so sure about habitable planets though. The habitable zone is defined as the distance from the parent star where water flows freely as a liquid. Saying that, over 300 planets have been found so far. Unfortunately from earth we just can’t pick up habitable planets but [...]

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Alien Civilization Types From 1 To 7

What could an alien civilisation be able to do? Well, as we have not found any alien civilisations then everything is guesswork based on the laws of physics and our experiences here on earth. This could be completely wrong or it could be completely right or it could be somewhere in between. It is great [...]

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21 Reasons We Have Not Talked To Or Found Alien Civilizations

Look up and you will see lots of dots of light. No, it’s not a load of cars screaming towards the Earth because they missed the stop sign at Mars.  It’s stars. There are said to be about 140 billion stars that look like the sun in the Milky Way. There are a lot more stars [...]

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Not Faster Than Light But Fast Light, Is It Possible?

Light is one of those things that you take for granted just switching on a switch or, if you are a caveman, lighting a fire. It appears almost instantaneously as that switch clicks or fire bursts into life. But, you know what I’m going to say don’t you, it’s not that simple. It takes time [...]

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