Machine learning – a subset of AI – has identified eight technosignatures in the search for life in the universe. The previously undetected “signals of interest” from five nearby stars were buried in data that had already been picked up by telescopes.
The research has just been published in Nature Astronomy.
Anyone who is friends with me on Facebook will know I’ve been having some fun with all the recent news releases about UFOs, the Pentagon confirmation of an incident yesterday and the forthcoming release of whatever is in US government files before June 1.
But here’s an interesting thing: does rising public interest in UFOs always happen during a US Democratic Presidency? Check this out:
1947 – first modern wave, Kenneth Arnold’s ‘flying saucer’, Roswell – Harry S Truman
1961 – second wave, Betty and Barney Hill abduction – JFK
1966 – Michigan ‘swamp gas’ incident – Lyndon B Johnson
1990s – alien autopsy, X Files explosion – Clinton
Today – accelerating sightings/interest – Biden
These are the main moments on the timeline when an interest in alien contact broke into the public consciousness. Interest declined during Republican presidencies.
I think there might be a sociological reason, something along the lines of: under a Democratic President there’s more idealism and people are looking ‘out there’ and under a Republican President there’s more focus on material things so people are looking inside.
For your consideration: the Daily Telegraph is reporting a British policeman had a close encounter of the third kind at a crop circle near the standing stones at Avebury in Wiltshire. His description of the figures he observed – more than six feet tall with blonde hair – is of a recurring type which UFO watchers have christened “Nordics”.
The police officer said: “They ran faster than any man I have ever seen. I’m no slouch but they were moving so fast. I looked away for a second and when I looked back they were gone.
”I then got scared. The noise was still around but I got an uneasy feeling and headed for the car. For the rest of the day I had a pounding headache I couldn’t shift.”
So: crop circles, aliens and standing stones – that ticks three boxes all at once. More to come…