alien radio

Coming to you live from space radio.

Deep space radio signals might be trying to tell us something. IBM and the SETI Institute are working together to analyze six terabytes of these complex signals to listen for patterns of life. Researchers are using IBM Analytics on Apache Spark to sift through signals gathered by the Allen Telescope Array, and cognitive machine learning to determine which signals are from humans, and which might be from aliens. Maybe they’ll ask us to call-in.

Learn more about listening for aliens →

the newest edition of vogue gallifrey is looking good

Wolf 359 Theory Time:

The aliens have been listeinging to eiffel’s tapes as a form of entertainment. They sent lovelace to them because eiffel said he wanted to meet her. They spoke through lovelace to tell eiffel to “finish” his radio show. Because obvs he isnt broadcasting or even recording logs anymore and theyre upset abt it. They gave him a person now they want the rest of their favorite show. Give them their show.


Voltron Heist AU:

Keith was taken with his mother as a baby and grew up in The Blade. Meanwhile, Pidge never attended Galaxy Garrison and lived out in the desert picking up alien radio transmissions to get clues to find her family.
(created by @internetfeet )

here was my take on how this trio meet! it was really fun to write and draw, so i hope despite the AU i wrote their characters believably/properly

*i also want to note, bc i may not have made it clear and dont want to paint lance poorly: he was using his phone not to take a creep shot of a woman but bc (unlike in canon) they didnt have any sort of binoculars to zoom in, so he was using his phone’s camera feature. just of course, like canon, he was momentarily distracted.

anyways!! go talk to internetfeet about this au bc it’s really cool!!


October 30th 1938: ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast

On this day in 1938, Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H.G. Wells’s 1898 science-fiction novel The War of the Worlds on PBS. Coinciding with Halloween, the play was broadcast as a realistic series of news bulletins, detailing a Martian invasion of Earth. Millions of Americans were listening to the radio that night, but did not turn over to Welles’s broadcast on CBS until 12 minutes into the show, after a popular ventriloquist show ended on NBC. By this time, the play was underway, taking the form of orchestral music frequently interrupted by news updates about an alien invasion. Welles described his fictional Martians vividly, expaining how their “eyes are black and gleam like a serpent”, and detailing their use of walking war machines and heat-ray weapons. The popular story goes that the frighteningly realistic broadcast caused milions of Americans to believe that a real alien invasion was occuring. People supposedly fled the fictional crash site in New Jersey, and took to the streets in mass hysteria. The CBS studio heard about the panic, and Welles reasured listeners that the story was fictitious. While Welles and CBS feared that the confusion would damage their reputation, CBS was cleared of wrongdoing, and the play launched Welles’s Hollywood career. The story of the mass panic caused by Welles’s War of the Worlds remains popular, but recent research has suggested that the extent of the commotion is far more limited than the myth allows. Newspapers at the time greatly exaggerated listeners’ panic - most of the show’s audience understood the play was fictitious - as a way to discredit radio, which was emerging as a serious competition to newspapers.


Oh thank Sweet Baby Jesus and all the other Christmas Critters, I thought 1800 hours would never get here. Worst sixty minutes ever. Get ready for the Recap: our Space Odyssey’s getting Bach to Bach Good Mornings, Vietnam from Alien Radio Free Europe, and our Nostromo’s one photon torpedo away from losing its deflector shields. Our paranoid android’s having ED-209 moments, G.I. Jane’s beginning of a beautiful friendship ended in marriage to Clark Kent, Darth Frankenstein’s having a timeout in the cooler, what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate, and if you think any of that’s gonna change anytime soon, forget it, Jake! It’s CHINATOWN!

happy holidays → @jasonscotts 

The largest SETI initiative ever is reviewing 11 promising signals that probably aren’t aliens

Breakthrough Listen is checking in on its initial results. You know, just in case.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been going for nearly 60 years now, and there have been plenty of false alarms in that time and nothing substantial. Now, a giant SETI initiative is looking into its initial round of data to follow up on 11 signals that they think could be aliens … but admit probably aren’t. Good to check, though, just in case.

Two years ago, billionaire Yuri Milner put $100 million into a decade-long search for aliens known as the Breakthrough Listen initiative. It was the widest-scale SETI project announced since Project Phoenix in 1995, which itself was the successor of a cancelled 10 year, $100 million SETI effort by NASA.

Breakthrough Listen is spearheaded by SETI Berkeley and taps into the wider SETI community to listen in worldwide for radio signals that might be artificial. They’ve also opened up the data to the public at large to look for narrowband signals — those in a specific wavelength that are more likely to be from a non-natural source. There are 692 targets in the initial rounds of data.

The news is coming out of a two-day conference in California from the Breakthrough Initiatives organization, which is also sponsoring Breakthrough Starshot, a project based on using laser propulsion to power tiny spacecraft to the Alpha Centauri system (specifically Proxima Centauri) in a matter of decades.

A live broadcast will take place today on Facebook at 6:10 p.m. EST (3:10 p.m. PST) with Andrew Siemion of SETI Berkeley discussing the initial results. You can

watch it here

Image: The Robert C. Byrd Radio Telescope at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia is one of the primary receivers looking for promising SETI signals.
    Credit: Jiuguang Wang

FRBs: New Mystery Space Signal from Unknown Cosmic Source Leaves Scientists Baffled
The signal, known as a fast radio burst (FRB), was detected in 2015 by scientists using the Parkes radio telescope in Australia. It adds to the two dozen other FRBs previously recorded. FRBs are radio signals that last just a few milliseconds.


anonymous asked:

any thoughts on why Keith hasn't seen his father in years? due to a bad relationship with him? or something else?

Oh no, I think it has nothing to do with something like that and everything to do with Keith being half-galra. His mom left his dad the knife, and he made sure his son held onto it. No matter what. Conveniently, Kogane’s house (and for those who don’t know, I use Kogane as a stand-in name for Keith’s dad, but anyway) his shack is located within walking distance of the Blue Lion and also conveniently within the same vicinity as Earth’s premiere space exploration program. 

I don’t think either of those things is a coincidence–and in fact, I believe the shack itself has a lot of hidden secrets and history to it. We know for instance that, in Keith’s hallucination, his dad was fiddling with the knobs of this machine in the corner of the room. A machine that we see is still active in the present. And anyway, the way Kogane uses the device, it looks an awful lot like Pidge listening in on alien radio frequencies at the beginning. 

So yeah. I think Kogane was located in the optimal position for a lot of major plot points to happen. And in fact, Keith himself believes there’s a connection between the Blue Lion, it’s close proximity to the shack, and his mother. He says as much when he asks Coran if a galra ever piloted that Lion and used it to reach Earth–“The Blue Lion was there. Did a galra pilot the Blue Lion, too?

So yeah. Given that Kogane got tangled up in a rebel faction of the galra and the search for Voltron (whether he knew what the Blue Lion really was or not), I’m not surprise he mysteriously disappeared. A person like that would be a threat to both the empire and the garrison. Because yes, Kogane’s shack is referred to as an old outpost, one of the Voltron books says as much:

And for those who don’t know, an outpost is often defined as a military base. And what military is right there? The Galaxy Garrison. So yeah, we have someone living in an abandoned military outpost not far outside of garrison grounds, listening in for alien frequencies–has clearly made contact with aliens and now has a half-alien son–and very likely knows the whereabouts of the highly coveted Blue Lion. Yeah. There’s a lot of reasons why both humans and galra would want this guy to disappear. I mean, if they just strapped down Shiro and put him under for having an alien prosthetic, what do you think they’d do if they found out about Keith’s heritage? 

There’s also a very good chance that, by involving himself with both rebels and the search for Voltron, Kogane ended up getting abducted. We know aliens have a means to reach Earth and can even visit fairly regularly (see: our friend from the Space Mall selling the latest copies of Killbot Phantasm). And, as I’ve talked about a great deal before, Keith also seems to have suppressed memories of what an alien invasion looks like. There’s his nightmare with all the galra troops marching in The Ark of Traujeer, but then there’s also his BOM hallucination where the galra invade Earth–and attack the shack specifically

What’s really interesting though is the language Kogane uses here–“We’ll be fine as long as we stay in here.” “Everything’s fine.” They’re under attack, and Keith is clearly distressed. But Kogane has the windows blocked off and he’s talking down to him like a child. Don’t worry, just stay inside. Everything will be alright. Again, these lines hit home as something that deliberately brings to mind a father trying to comfort and distract their scared kid. It really feels like it could hint at a suppressed memory of the galra investigating the desert when he was younger. 

Which, you know, makes a whole lot of sense–considering they knew the Blue Lion was on Earth and they’d naturally want to scout out the planet’s space military program first to get a gauge of how advanced humans were. 

Adding on to the theory that Kogane was abducted, we also get this interesting line when Shiro was captured–“Look, they brought another one.” “Who is it?” “Over there, it’s another one.” Yes, this could just mean “another prisoner.” But considering how rare humans are in deep space (with Shiro’s crew supposedly being the only people to travel so far) it could also mean “another human.” Especially given how that would probably strike them as more interesting than just another regular prisoner. 

Adding to that, when Shiro’s crew is captured, the galra who has them in custody outright tells Zarkon he doesn’t believe they know anything useful. But Zarkon’s response is an immediate indication of the contrary–“Take them back to the main fleet for interrogation. The druids will find out what they know.” That’s a pretty serious sentence for a group of aliens regarded as “primitive scientists” most galra would see as useless. 

This could very well mean that Zarkon and some other higher up galra have had contact with humans before–in particular, someone associated with a rebel faction who might well be their key to finding one of the Lions. Someone who caused Zarkon not to underestimate this crew and immediately send them to the druids at the main fleet for questioning–someone like Keith’s father. 

So yeah, I think it’s likely Kogane got in over his head and someone with a lot of power wanted him gone. 

doug effiel head cannon

• hair always in a messed up bun
• tattoo on hip of pizza slice
• floating pigment eyes, mostly blue but sometimes a flash of yellow like an exploding star
• intentionally allows people to underestimate him
• practices the waltz to the alien radio when alone
• sometimes leaves out snacks for the plant monster