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Fast radio bursts in space… April 24, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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This I missed last month – reports of ‘fast radio bursts’, flashes of radio waves from space whose origin is unknown. There are competing theories, including that they might be generated by aliens. That may be unlikely, there are other potential sources that are somewhat less esoteric. Somewhat.

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1. gendjinn - April 24, 2016

There’s been some vigorous debate about the interpretations. The initial excitement has dimmed with other labs saying there are problems/artefacts in the analysis.

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WorldbyStorm - April 24, 2016

Yeah, I saw that. Still, a boy can dream.

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gendjinn - April 24, 2016

Might as well dream here as in bed.

Maybe all civilisations end as Dyson spheres or Matroshka shells of computronium trapped within a single solar system.

It is possible that the physics of deep space beyond the solar tide is inimically hostile to aqueous chemistry and quantum/electrical/mechanical devices preventing anyone making it to another star.

Or we’re a simulation.

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WorldbyStorm - April 24, 2016

The physics of deep space one is a bit disturbing. I wonder could it be that different to such a fundamental degree?

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gendjinn - April 25, 2016

The recent Horizon doc on dark energy was food for thought. The discrepancy in the distance travelled by Voyager I & II versus expected indicates we are missing something in our models.

We would be using baryonic matter to transmit state. It wouldn’t take much in the way of cosmic particles, or subtle variations in gravity to disrupt/corrupt that state over the timeframes we’re talking.

Something’s got to explain Fermi’s paradox.

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2. Gewerkschaftler - April 25, 2016

I have it on good authority that a super-intelligent cloud of ions somewhere in the region of Beetlejuice has wind.

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gendjinn - April 25, 2016

That or life is the universes solution to all the excess alcohol.

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