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1) Message boards : News : Eric Korpela discusses alien contact. (Message 1729733)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile edjcox
We have instances of Gravitational lensing that show distant galaxies and areas of space in multiple images. What's is even more interesting is that when examined in detail the images of the same far off distant galaxies exhibit time dilation, that is to say the same galaxy appears in the lensed images at different points in time dependent upon the lensing and the distance the light has traveled. In other words (Lightyear of origin will vary) so we have in essence a means of viewing an object in different times.. Not quite time travel but certainly temporal variance...

So if one could exceed the speed of light one would still have to cope with the gravity wells of massive objects as one sped on ones way. Like a rippled billiard table fabric the traveler would encounter swerves dips and bends along the path and guiding ones travels would become most difficult there for choosing a destination also trouble wrought.

As you exceeded light speed and by happenstance directed ones travel towards the event horizon of a black hole, the time dilation there would be most interesting. Much akin to a massive rubber sheet under tension of dark matters stretch, black holes would be places in the tensored sheet that suddenly released its hold on matter and the dark matter field would begin to collapse normal space time into the event horizon... But along comes our FTL vessel and flys through that, time dilation is the only factor that balances out the equation...Losing dark matters grip on Space time, the collapse into singularity still ewrfu]3q swic-d3- sd';a
2) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1710700)
Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Profile edjcox
You have to assume an ET species exists at a concurrent level of technology to ours. There is a possibility that ET's may exist at a level of development 100 years in our past or earlier or 150 years in our future or further ahead in time than that. Either postulated ET species would likely not be detected by us as in the first species Radio TX/RX does not yet exist and in the second the ET Species may gave moved beyond RF wave propagation to something as yet unknown to us or only understood at most basic level. Thus the second species we would be blind to as well. Thus time coincidence in technological development is a crucial element for the search.

For some reason we Earthbound species think that all species are maturing in time coincidence to us... Perhaps its a subtle religious thing.. Yet an ET Civilization able to travel through the vast distances between stars likely is technologically superior to us to include communication methodology and techniques. Likely we would not recognize a "signal" if it employed methods like Quantum entanglement, or Neutrino emissions etc... In order for us to have an appropriate intercept receiver we would need to understand the technology and therin lies the difficulty. We just don't know enough.. Even subtle modulation techniques employed today are quite invisible to 98% of the receivers out there. SETI needs to be highly skilled in receiver and modulation technology.

And then there is the dwell issue. The longer your antenna is able to stare at or dwell on a given source point the more likely it is that you may intercept. SETI has utilized principally AERICIBO RT data. By design this aperature sweeps the sky in swaths and has only limited time to dwell or stare a point source before the earths rotation moves the scan past and away. Thus we are examining only short exposures to signal sources, in a limited band, for a miniscule period and likely not repeated for months or year on end.. All of the above factors delimits the current SETI efforts of the at home examination to less than optimal chance for success.

Recent efforts use pointing RT's at confirmed lucrative target sets all will change that success probability... We are entering into an exciting time..
3) Message boards : News : Big boost for SETI@home from Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Listen Initiative (Message 1704155)
Posted 23 Jul 2015 by Profile edjcox
This will give the project serious dwell time on a given target set of the sky allowing for software that will use advanced signal processing techniques including accumulation and other techniques that can eliminate a lot of noise and short length random signal events. Dwell makes elimination so much easier. Waterfall processing, bragg cell utilization, etc...

Rather than a constantly sweeping swath of the sky the RT's can sit on a emissions area and properly signal process. and revisits as the project will have the opportunity to drive the RT and sit on target sets repeatedly.

The approach will work in conjunction with other data sets, optical and radio data sets that have more likely ET hotspots than others.. Scanning known stars with planet sets already discovered...

It's a fine time to expand SETI horizons beyond our current stripes approach piggybacking on others usage of the RT. This is going to be good....
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Secret Air Force Space Drone Heads Back Into Orbit (Message 1690425)
Posted 12 Jun 2015 by Profile edjcox
Always fun to speculate.. Let's see if they are testing an EM Horn thruster.
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Speeding up space travel - EM Drive (Message 1678156)
Posted 11 May 2015 by Profile edjcox
I think we can take it beyond Ludicrous speed all the way to Plaid....

All you have to do is wait for the specific impulse to build up to something useful although that might take a long long long time. People don't have the time to wait for the speed to build up....

Wonder exactly how long even a short flight to Mars might take waiting for this EM Thruster to build up momentum..
6) Message boards : News : SETI@home World Visualization (Message 1668824)
Posted 23 Apr 2015 by Profile edjcox
Deceptive fiction...

Neither Greenbamk or LoFar provide data to SETI at this time. To tout this as a visualization of SETI traffic is farcical. Tell us when it actually is occurring. Also the sneaker net to Aericibo should be shown as well.

Ideally this connectivity would exist. It doesn't for now..
7) Message boards : SETI@home Staff Blog : Sending Messages to ET: Just say no, for now. (Message 1647052)
Posted 26 Feb 2015 by Profile edjcox
The question I have is does Man go well with a red or a white wine..

To many things need to come together

Able to communicate and decipher

Able to transport across many many light years of distance faster than light speed.

Have some actual interest in making the journey.

Has the wisdom to not impact us by becoming known (ie Prime Directive)

To us the ET will appear magical or mystical as Humans have always viewed those encountered with superior intellect and technology in such a fashion..

We have a narrow vision of ET, assigning them the attributes we are familiar with. Imagine if ET was already here but hiding in plain sight. Likely we would not catch on unless willingly revealed to us...

Imagine of ET had a lifespan 10's of thousands of years beyond ours a real Alpha - Omega span and time enough to assimilate and act upon the universe. ET might just be like bacteria are to us. Everywhere but limited in interaction..

Our view of ET is myopic at best.
8) Message boards : News : Statement on Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence/Active SETI (Message 1646271)
Posted 25 Feb 2015 by Profile edjcox
Listen up folks...

We have had radio technology slightly over 100 years... That means signals from our planet have been traversing the universe (ever diminishing in power content and therefore rang) reaching out at best a bit better than 100 light years..

Let's say we then have a sphere of radio range around us of that distance. So how many planets supporting life fall within that range??

Question two. What is the level of sophistication on said planets at any given instant during that 100 years?/

Question three. What is the likely hood that a given ET civilization would likely be time coincident with our technology and even listening?

Question four. Let's assume they have managed to obviate Einstein's speed limit. So what technology would they be using to communicate and or be scanning the universe with for intelligent signals? Radio ? Signal Flags, Smoke signals, reflective mirrors, etc etc. Likely employing means and methods we could not decipher and they likely could not decipher ours either..

As they say in NJ dontworryaboutit It's so far fetched and so unlikely that we will probable be asteroid impact dust well before then...
9) Message boards : News : Prof. Charles Townes has passed away. (Message 1636016)
Posted 1 Feb 2015 by Profile edjcox
You might want to view this article and watch the video. He was an enthusiast and an achiever..

Rest now as you have successfully passed the torch of knowledge to others and shown them the way...
10) Message boards : Technical News : What's happening... (Nov 8, 2014) (Message 1604464)
Posted 23 Nov 2014 by Profile edjcox
All this time and the data sets from the RT have just sat in a box? Or do I not understsnd?
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Rosetta Mission (Message 1596360)
Posted 3 Nov 2014 by Profile edjcox
Attached is interesting video made by ESA regards Rosetta's upcoming Comet landing

12) Message boards : Politics : Goodbye to more freedoms, liberties and privacy (Message 1594237)
Posted 30 Oct 2014 by Profile edjcox
Let's see

"paranoia strikes deep, into your mind it will creep, it starts when your always afraid, step out of line, the man comes and takes you away"....

Those who would trade their Liberty for security shall not get security and will not have any Liberty....

The only thing you have to Fear is Fear itself....

terror is a state of mind, succumb to it and trade your Liberty for it's suppression then you have given them the victory and upper hand they seek....
13) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Detecting Alien Radar Signals? (Message 1583845)
Posted 9 Oct 2014 by Profile edjcox
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : India’s Mars Orbiter Mission reaches Mars. (Message 1582410)
Posted 6 Oct 2014 by Profile edjcox
I wonder how many Indians benefit from this effort.. I imagine it employee's a few hundreds or so..
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA confirms ‘impossible’ thruster actually works, could revolutionize space travel (Message 1582409)
Posted 6 Oct 2014 by Profile edjcox
Unless electrons have mass or they somehow disturb matter by inducing a momentum I think this experiment needs to be performed in a zero gravity enviorment like aboard the ISS.

The amount of thrust produced is so damn small that it would take a long long time to build up any momentum and silly things like gravitational influences might overcome such a miniscule thruster...
16) Message boards : SETI@home Science : UFO lights over Phoenix Arizona, real or not? (Message 1573142)
Posted 17 Sep 2014 by Profile edjcox
I agree they were air dropped flares... We used them out on the ranges at Fort Bragg all the time. They can be dropped from fighters, c-130, c141, Galaxy, etc... The will hang in the sky for a good while and wink out when exhausted of white phospher. A spectral analysis will reveal the chemicals burning..
17) Message boards : News : UC scientists find first interstellar dust particles (Message 1569903)
Posted 10 Sep 2014 by Profile edjcox
What if any is the difference between solar system dust particles and those labled "interstellar"... I suspect the origins of dust in general in space is somewhat difficult to determine. While dust near a planetary body might be associated with said planet in actuality the gravitational wells of planets act as a vacuum as the solar system travels through interstellar space so dust is likely to be of indeterminate origin.

Given the numerous collisions in planetary space, asteroids, comets, meteors, etc. Dust is far more prevalent near a star. Unless we can have Voyager's and Pioneers in a few decades do collections I maintain that dust within 1/2 light year of the sun is most likely of Sol system origination with random strays form elswhere's exceedingly rare and likely exhibiting no unique properties to allow differentiation.
18) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Quantum Entanglement possible instant communication over very long distances (Message 1545666)
Posted 22 Jul 2014 by Profile edjcox
So what you still have to have something at each end... With distance there is time, with time differential there is loss of coherency, without coherency and Rx and TX at both ends there's no communications...
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : US to Withdraw fro ITER (Message 1534679)
Posted 2 Jul 2014 by Profile edjcox
The link I included was removed.. That link spoke for itself.

If you do not make the attempt you can never succeed at anything...

Would suggest that "With Obama buying contraceptives for the great unwashed US" is a political statement that does not belong in this forum but rather the politics forum.
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : US to Withdraw fro ITER (Message 1534349)
Posted 1 Jul 2014 by Profile edjcox
The Senate has decided to withdraw US participation in ITER. The fusion reactor being built is apparently becoming more expensive all the while and the US part of the expense ever growing...

I can see it now. We have to beg for energy while the participants essentially harvest free fusion energy...

Personally think its a dumb move...

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