Scientists Claim To Have Proof That Aliens Have Tried To Contact Us
Two academics have caused a fair bit of controversy after publishing a paper suggesting that alien life has been trying to contact us.
If this turns out to be true, I'll be buzzing because if they're trying to get in touch then they're not trying to murder us, right?! RIGHT?! Okay, maybe I've watched too many sci-fi movies.
Professor Ermanno Borra and graduate student Eric Trottier are both from Laval University in Quebec and make the revelations. Professor Borra told New Scientist: "[The signals] are caused by light pulses generated by Extraterrestrial Intelligence to make us aware of their existence.
"Intuitively - my emotion speaks now - I strongly suspect that it's an ETI [extra terrestrial intelligence] signal."
However, he continues, explaining that, "at this stage, this hypothesis needs to be confirmed with further work."
They uploaded their paper to arXiv.org - a site that doesn't require other scientists to review the papers before publishing.
Since it was uploaded, several academics have read the paper and have spoken out against the duo's claims. One of which is Missouri State University professor, Peter Plavchan. He said: "They don't consider every natural possibility and jump prematurely to the supernatural - so to speak - conclusion."
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He also added the Borra and Trottier's claim was, "way too premature."
Another academic, Andrew Siemion, director of University of California Berkeley's SETI [Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence] Research Centre, said that there's, "no bolder claim that one could make in observational astrophysics than the discovery of intelligent life beyond the Earth."
He added that people like Borra and Trottier should not "make such definitive statements about detections unless you've exhausted every possible means of follow-up."
Not everyone's so quick to dismiss the claims.
The Breakthrough Listen Initiative wrote a statement which describes the paper as being "certainly worthy of additional study."
What do you think? Alien life or na?
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