"Scientists" suggest we have "probably" picked signals from an Extra Terrestrial Intelligence
Breakthrough Listen, an initiative established this year to look for evidence of alien life with the backing of the likes of Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg has done in less than one year what SETI has been trying to do for a couple of decades if a reports are to be believed.
In a small number of stars - 234 so far out of 2.5 MILLION studies, a strange and unexplained signals have been detected which, it is claimed, are probably the result of an extra-terrestrial intelligence.
“We find that the detected signals have exactly the shape of an ETI (extraterrestrial intelligence) signal predicted in the previous publication and are therefore in agreement with this hypothesis. The fact that they are only found in a very small fraction of stars within a narrow spectral range centered near the spectral type of the sun is also in agreement with the ETI hypothesis” claim the scientists behind these findings, EF Borra and E Trottie.
The full findings in the paper "Signals probably from Extraterrestrial Intelligence" are to be published in the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
There have been various attempts at picking up evidence of artificial signals from alien civilizations, the best known, SETI has to date been unsuccessful in their endevours so it comes as a surprise that such a young project would be successful so quickly; there have been a number of false positives in other studies including the effects of a microwave oven creating what researchers thought at the time were strange emissions from a distant star so we take these latest findings with a pinch of salt.
If these signals ARE of extra-terrestrial origin and the result of an intelligent civilisation it suggests they have technologies var in excess of our own so we'll be the first to welcome our new alien overlords with open arms.
Source: The Independent