“Detection of Laser Light May Signal Presence of Alien Technological Civilizations” (Today’s Most Popular)


 Concentrated laser light in the universe may singal the presence of a technological civilizations that might be living on distant planets. “Think about humanity 300 hundred years from now,” said Geoffrey Marcy this past August. Marcy is currently Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, famous for discovering 70 out of the first 100 exo planets. “Suppose we set up a colony on another planet … the most likely way we will communicate with (humans on those planets) is with radio signals or light beams.” Marcy believes that there may be other civilizations in the universe that are years ahead of human society and might currently be communicating with radio signals in a network he calls a “galactic Internet.”


Marcy uses advanced telescopes to detect concentrated signals in space. He believes these signals may indicate the existence of another advanced civilization, because nothing in the universe is known to emit such signals. The Templeton Foundation recently granted him $200,000 for his proposal.GeoffmarcyMarcy leads a team that specializes in searching for laser light for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, program at UC Berkeley, a program that uses advanced telescopes to detect strong signals in an attempt to find technological civilizations in the universe. 

His work is only a section of the collective effort of the organization. UC Berkeley has established a reputation as the world’s largest organization — since NASA’s 1993 SETI program — for exploring advanced life in the universe.

As more and more Earthlike planets are being discovered, some scientists feel that there is no longer anything “particularly special about Earth” that makes it uniquely conducive to life, according to Andrew Siemion, a project scientist in the UC Berkeley SETI group.

Every year, the program gathers approximately $1 million in funding, which is spread over 10 unique projects, according to Dan Werthimer, director of the UC Berkeley group. Distinct categories each concern a certain range of the electromagnetic wave spectrum, because the researchers cannot be sure at which wavelength other civilizations may be emitting their signals.

Werthimer says that the research is significant whether or not signs of extraterrestrial life are found.

“If we do not find life elsewhere in the universe, then that means we are one in trillions and should take incredibly good care of life on this planet,” Werthimer said.

Like Marcy, all of the researchers involved are respected scientists in their field who work simultaneously on other research projects in campus departments such as astronomy and electrical engineering. Werthimer and his colleagues, for example, made the first images of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

“You have to know we are not searching for crop circles or flying saucers,” Marcy said with a smile.

So far, the only achievements of SETI at Berkeley are advancements in technology, as researchers have yet to find direct clues of other advanced civilizations. Nevertheless, Marcy says that these advancements are benefiting astronomy and science in general.

“I am not an optimist,” Marcy said, describing the likelihood of finding intelligent extraterrestrial life. “I would bet on my house that we would fail … But this is such an important question, the question of ‘Are we alone?’, and the only way to find out is to risk it.”

In the image at the top of the page, a glowing laser shines forth from the VLT,  piercing the dark Chilean skies, its mission is to help astronomers explore the far reaches of the cosmos. To help them achieve this, professional stargazers use something that sounds as though it has come from science fiction: a laser guide star that creates an artificial star 90 km above the surface of the Earth. The laser energizes sodium atoms high in the Earth’s mesosphere, causing them to glow and creating a bright dot that appears to be a man-made star.

Observations of how this “star” twinkles are fed into the VLT’s adaptive optics system, controlling a deformable mirror in the telescope to restore the image of the star to a sharp point. By doing this, the system also compensates for the distorting effect of the atmosphere in the region around the artificial star. The end result is an exceptionally crisp view of the sky, allowing ESO astronomers to make stunning observations of the Universe, almost as though the VLT were above the atmosphere in space.

The Daily Galaxy via http://www.dailycal.org/

Image credit: ESO/G. Huedepohl

Earth’s first city of the future is coming in 2017 and it looks awesome


Earth's first city of the future is coming in 2017 and it looks awesomeExpand

In 2017, the capital of Kazakhstan will look like the set of an utopian sci-fi movie, which seems appropriate considering this is the place from where the Soviet Union conquered space. A titanic new capital will rise by the old city, powered by sun and wind. Move over Dubai. Your cliché New York-wannabe skyline is the past. This is the real future.

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This, apparently.

After several months of debate, officials in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana have chosen a final design for the massive site that will host the World EXPO 2017. The sprawling, wind- and sun-powered neighborhood was designed by Chicago architects Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the designers of Kingdom Tower—the forthcoming world’s tallest building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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According to the chairman of the company that’s heading up the EXPO 2017, Smith + Gill’s design “will embody the five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution.” If that phrase sounds familiar, that’s because it’s borrowed from Jeremy Rifkin, economist and author of the popular 2011 book The Third Industrial Revolutionwhich outlines a theory of a shared clean energy grid that will transform culture and production.

The reference is intentional—Rifkin has become an important figure in planning the future of Astana, a massive new city on the steppe that was built with oil money after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev has taken a keen liking to Rifkin’s work, which calls for the emergence of a new era by way of renewable, clean energy, all delivered by way of a smart energy grid.

He’s given speeches that call for Kazakhstan to adopt Rifkin’s model, saying, “the ‘Energy Internet’ will enable millions of people to use clean energy in their homes, offices and factories, and to exchange it easily.”

This year, Nazarbayev even appointed the Wharton lecturer to serve as an advisor on the EXPO 2017 project.

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Which brings us back to the newly-announced winning design from Smith + Gill. Akin to Masdar in the UAE, it will be a self-sufficient, 500-acre neighborhood with plenty of exhibition space for the EXPO itself.

Ironically, although it’s a gargantuan and expensive design, it was chosen for its relative modesty amongst 44 other proposals.

Apparently, the EXPO buildings are all designed to be repurposed afterward, either as housing or commercial space. More importantly, the city will be powered simply by wind and sun—in accordance with Rifkin’s ideas about an “internet of energy.” The specifics of the architecture itself is forthcoming, and is bound to evolve quite a bit over the next year before construction begins.

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But, on a broader urban scale, there are still many questions to be answered. Astana is a kind of urban anomaly: A massive city populated by huge, whimsical buildings built by some of the most respected architects in the world. Yet, as Keith Gessen wrote in a fascinating New Yorker piece about the city, many of these buildings are empty—and it remains to be seen whether EXPO 2017 will serve a purpose once the roughly three million EXPO attendees have gone home.

More is surely to come on this story—we’ve reached out to Rifkin for comment, and the EXPO site breaks ground next year.


Thanks to PinChu/Feilla 2013

This is an interview with Captain Mark Richards conducted at Vacaville Prison on November 2, 2013. This is the first time in the over 30 years of his incarceration, that any journalist has interviewed him. I was not allowed to document this face-to-face interview with camera or any recording devices or to take notes during the interview. Everything you are about to see has been recalled from memory immediately after my meeting with him. Just prior to the interview I spoke briefly with his wife Jo Ann who also was present during the interview.

Navy Captain Mark Richards was an officer involved in the Dulce Battle as well as very active in the Secret Space Program and U.S. Space Command for many years prior to his being arrested and convicted of a murder he did not commit. This is a classic case of the government framing someone who they feel may be turning against them from within the military.

“…When the truth was evident that sub-humans and other creatures were being produced from abducted human females, impregnated against their will, a secret resistance group formed within the military and intelligence agencies of the U.S. Government that did not approve of the deals that had been made with the ‘Off-worlders’. Many of these brave humans would be assassinated, or “died under mysterious circumstance,” or would be silenced in other ways.

The Air Force Intelligence Officer that reportedly was the man who met with the Aliens at Holloman (Air Force Base) in 1964, was the legendary ‘Dutchman,’ Ellis Loyd Richards, Jr. – the same man who would reportedly order the attack on Dulce in 1979, and whose son, Captain Mark Richards, would lead the human attack on the facility.”—E.D.H. Earth Defense Headquarter’s
Technical Brief/ Winter – 2001 Edited by
Published by – Earth Defense Headquarters

Kerry Cassidy
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