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Harvard-led team to search for alien space tech

Posted on Monday, 26 July, 2021 | Comment icon 19 comments

Is there someone out there and if so, can we detect them from Earth ? Image Credit: ESO / Y. Beletsky
A team of scientists has launched a new project with the aim of hunting down alien technosignatures.
Known as The Galileo Project, this new research endeavour is headed up by Harvard University's Avi Loeb and will involve the participation of scientists from multiple institutions across the globe.

Its key goal will be to look for alien technosignatures - evidence of extraterrestrial technology in space that might show up in astronomical observations and survey data recorded by telescopes.

Such technosignatures could be from orbital platforms around a planet, space probes, ships or even larger 'megastructures' such as platforms designed to harvest the power of a star or black hole.

The project will involve developing new algorithms using artificial intelligence to help find potential hits.

"Science should not reject potential extraterrestrial explanations because of social stigma or cultural preferences that are not conducive to the scientific method of unbiased, empirical inquiry," said Loeb.
"We now must 'dare to look through new telescopes,' both literally and figuratively."

With the topic of UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena) being more relevant now then ever before, there is a lot of interest in the possibility that we are being visited by intelligent aliens.

If such beings are really out there, perhaps the Galileo Project will find conclusive evidence.

It will certainly be interesting to see what they come up with over the coming years.

Source: Live Science | Comments (19)

Tags: Alien, Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Manwon Lender on 27 July, 2021, 7:23
It has often appeared to me by your posts that your experienced with drug induced misidentification, now it makes perfect sense!
Comment icon #11 Posted by psyche101 on 27 July, 2021, 7:36
Right... Who says aliens definitely do not exist? I call BS.  You're talking about earthbound UFOs. Not atmospheric analysis. No. I really don't think atmospheric anomalies would be explained as birds drugs or planets. You're just making crap up. You sound like you have told a hard to believe story and have not been believed. Case of sour grapes there is there?
Comment icon #12 Posted by toast on 27 July, 2021, 7:41
Compared with stupid UFO heads, Harvard scientists know very well what they are talking about.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Golden Duck on 27 July, 2021, 7:46
You sound bitter about something.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Manwon Lender on 27 July, 2021, 9:02
Here is a very interesting paper on the difficulty and possible methods that could be used for Extraterrestrial communication. Problems in Extraterrestrial Communication  https://d1wqtxts1xzle7.cloudfront.net/49400931/Problems_in_Extraterrestrial_Communicati20161006-2250-k2403w.pdf?1475761358=&response-content-disposition=inline%3B+filename%3DProblems
Comment icon #15 Posted by ThereWeAreThen on 27 July, 2021, 9:11
Thats not the mantra at all. I believe the chance is high that theres life out there, they just haven't come here yet. If an alien civilization is so advanced, more than capable of wiping us out why dont they just land and show themselves? Why do we only see crappy videos instead of clear videos given our tech?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Mike Fox on 27 July, 2021, 12:13
Thinking about this, it's very closely linked to the Fermi Paradox (as in, where's all the aliens). My solution (the Fox Conjecture) is that there's big red flags on all of their star charts saying "Keep Away/Cloaked - Not Ready/Potentially Dangerous", and an alien technology "beacon" somewhere in the Solar system broadcasting the same warning. The clever bit is the beacon will be broadcasting in a manner we can't yet detect, as our technology is not sufficiently advanced, and at communication speeds faster than the speed of light. The moment we can detect it, potentially some decades in the f... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Trelane on 27 July, 2021, 18:04
Comment icon #18 Posted by Manwon Lender on 27 July, 2021, 23:27
I agree with you except for one thing. Knowing how they communicate will get us no closer to being able to communicate with them. You see we would have no point of reference if we ever intercepted an Extraterrestrial transmission, with that said we could never decipher the transmissions meaning. In order to communicate with an Extraterrestrial Species it would require face to face contact, so that a baseline reference of communication could be established, there is no other way communication would ever be possible.  Take care. 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Festina on 30 July, 2021, 22:46
The only alien I’m aware of is “The (Abrahamic) LORD god of Israel” AKA, The King of BBQ, See Leviticus 1.  He/IT fits the bill perfectly.   A nasty thing IMO.   

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