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[NEWS] Five sci-tech links: Chixculub archive, male pill, Garfield phones, Nova Scotia, ETI wars

  • Journalist Douglas Preston U>writes in The New Yorker about a potentially amazing site in North Dakota, a rich fossil bed that may well have been formed in the first hour after the Chixculub asteroid impact that ended the Cretaceous.
  • Arielle Pardes writes at WIRED about how a potential lack of demand among men might hinder the sale of male contraceptives.
  • Vulture reports the identification of the source, at last, of the components of Garfield phones that have been washing up on the French coast in a lost shipping crate from the 1980s.
  • CBC reports on the meticulous reports of environmental changes by Nova Scotia students more than a century ago, collected over years under the order of their teacher Alexander Mackay, that provide invaluable information about climate change.
  • Matt Williams writes at Universe Today about the possibility that the lack of self-replicating probes visible to us might be explainable by conflict between some of these probes and others.

[FORUM] How would you react if KIC 8462852 turned out to host alien megastructures?

I’ve posted a bit over the past few days about the mysteries of KIC 8462852–is it wholly natural? might it host megastructures built by some unbelievably advanced extraterrestrial civilizations?–because it is such a fascinating idea. The Fermi paradox, the apparent absence of extraterrestrial intelligences in our local environment for no apparent reason, is a real and even worrying issue. It would be almost a relief to find out that the paradox’s answer is not that the Great Filter will cut everyone down, but that we just happen to live in a galactic periphery.

How would I react if KIC 8462852 turned out to host alien megastructures? Continuing the theme of this 2012 [FORUM] post, I would be unreservedly pleased. This would suggest that it might actually be possible for us to survive, and thrive, far into the future. The prospect of any actual threat coming from five hundred parsecs’ distance is something I discount, if only because the likely power of a civilization capable of building megastructures is so overwhelming. If they wanted to get rid of us, they could have done it already.

What say you?

Written by Randy McDonald

October 18, 2015 at 11:19 pm