Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication
is a free book (PDF) from NASA. The premise is that communication with alien lifeforms will have some (cautious) analogues to interpreting past cultures, and to the work that anthropologists and linguists do cross-culturally. Among the 16 chapters are: Beyond Linear B - The Metasemiotic Challenge of Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence; Learning To Read - Interstellar Message Decipherment from Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives; and, Mirrors of Our Assumptions: Lessons from an Arthritic Neanderthal.
posted by Rumple
on May 23, 2014 -
Dr. Hoover has discovered evidence
of microfossils similar to Cyanobacteria in freshly fractured slices of the interior surfaces of the Alais, Ivuna, and Orgueil CI1 carbonaceous meteorites. The scientist's conclusion is that the fossilized bacteria are not Earthly contaminants but are the fossilized remains of living organisms which lived in the parent bodies of these meteors, e.g. comets, moons, and other astral bodies. The implications are that life is everywhere, and that life on Earth may have come from other planets.
posted by Surfin' Bird
on Mar 5, 2011 -
“NASA will hold a news conference
at 2 p.m. EST (11am PST) on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.” Watch it HERE
live. [more inside]
posted by Sprocket
on Dec 1, 2010 -
It's been 35 years this month since the Arecibo message
was sent from the Arecibo Observatory
in Puerto Rico, when the 1,679 digit message was sent once, towards Messier 13
. More messages have been sent sky-wards since, in attempts for communication with extra terrestrial intelligence
), with the (ill-fated
) Team Encounter
was instrumental in Cosmic Call 1999 and 2003
(more details: 58 page PDF
). The more complex three-section Teen-Age Message
was sent out in 2001, including a musical piece entitled 1st Theremin Concert for Aliens
. In 2008 NASA sent the Beatles into space
, transmitting "Across the Universe" for the 40th anniversary of the song's recording, the 45th anniversary of the Deep Space Network
(DSN), and the 50th anniversary of NASA (prev
). If you felt left out of the sending of signals, Talk To Aliens
offered a "deep space e-mail service" and a certificate of interstellar broadcast (prev
), but no more. Now Sent Forever
offers a long-lasting alternative to traditional greeting cards
, or simply the worst tie-in for Apollo 11
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Nov 23, 2009 -
Who Speaks for Earth?
"After decades of searching, scientists have found no trace of extraterrestrial intelligence. Now, some of them hope to make contact by broadcasting messages to the stars. Are we prepared for an answer?"
posted by homunculus
on Jan 1, 2008 -
A pair of NASA scientists
told a group of space officials at a private meeting here that they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on Mars. Spirit
has also recently taken a very intriguing photo.
Of course this is just making things official, since we've known
the truth for years.
posted by jikel_morten
on Feb 16, 2005 -
Stanford's distributed client
isn't looking for extraterrestrial life. Instead it's trying to find out how proteins fold, which "is a holy grail of modern molecular biophysics," through computer simulations.
posted by hobbes
on Nov 6, 2000 -