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  1. Oct 22, 2016 #1

    jim mcnamara

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    Posting here because abiogenesis and exobiology fits best in Biology, and assuming these sites will be reachable today:
    https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.03031
    E. Borra 'Discovery of peculiar periodic spectral modulations in a small fraction of solar type stars'

    Less techy review:
    http://phys.org/news/2016-10-stars-strange-aliens-contact.html

    The researchers found 234 stars with anomalous values that could be (only o0) remotely o0) possible) the result of what they call an ETI signal. Alien intelligent life.

    I'm posting this 'cause its is fun to think about. So let's not go off the deep end. Considering some of the hooha associated with Halloween it seems okay to note this study.
     
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  3. Oct 22, 2016 #2

    Ygggdrasil

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    Statement from the Berkeley SETI research center:
    https://seti.berkeley.edu/bl_sdss_seti_2016.pdf
     
  4. Oct 22, 2016 #3

    jim mcnamara

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    @Ygggdrasil - Yup. That's exactly what the phys.org article mentions. I did not mean to imply any great import to the study, to the contrary. Sorry if it came across that way.
     
  5. Oct 22, 2016 #4

    Fervent Freyja

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    On the topic of creepy, but cool:
    Virus carrying DNA of black widow spider toxin
    From the original paper: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13155
    ncomms13155-f6.jpg
    Are you guys going to dress up at work for Halloween? :biggrin:
     
  6. Oct 22, 2016 #5

    Ygggdrasil

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    Your post expressed an appropriate amount of skepticism about the results. I just wanted to post the quotes from SETI for those that did not bother to click through to the Phys Org article.
     
  7. Oct 23, 2016 #6

    jim mcnamara

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    @Fervent Freyja - GMO phages to fight disease? Since viruses are not "living", maybe a GMV instead. A sort of Frankenphage. Cool. I read about that, too. Except that I think it was something with actual potential, not on the hooha end of the spectrum. Like one of the suggestions in this paper.

    Still, if it were true and we truly detect ETI, it might be at least a short term benefit - redirect the raging xenophobia out there. Nothing unites like a common enemy. Long term I do not know. Stephen Hawking has warned about announcing our presence to extraterrestrial intelligence, if any exists and is close enough to detect us.
     
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