Wed Dec 12 – Jim Elvidge – Exploring Digital Consciousness

The fundamental nature of reality, specifically the idea that there is no objective reality; rather, it is virtual, due to a couple key elements: 1. The seat of our consciousness being separate from the body, and 2. The fundamental substrate of reality being digital. Jim Elvidge will be discussing his theory of digital consciousness and […]

What is Alpha Centauri hiding? Searches for Earth-like planets ramp up around our nearest stellar neighbor

Alpha Centauri, a three-star system just 4 light-years away that is the sun’s nearest neighbor, ought to be a great place to look for Earth-like planets. But last week, at a meeting of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) here, astronomers lamented the way the system has thwarted discovery efforts so far—and announced new efforts to […]

Looking for Planet Nine, Astronomers Gaze into the Abyss

It’s been just over two years since Caltech astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin made an explosive claim: Based on the orbital motion of objects in the Kuiper Belt—a region beyond Neptune that is home to Pluto and other icy bodies—there must be a very big something much farther out, hidden save for its subtle […]

Astronomer Announces He Has Discovered … Mars…. Wait, What?

Astronomer Peter Dunsby just made a groundbreaking discovery, after noticing a very bright “star” pop up in his field of view at an observatory at the University of Cape Town that was not present two weeks prior. Too bad Dunsby was perhaps thousands of years late … the bright object was the planet Mars. Though […]

Alien Satellites and Other Space Junk Could Help Us Find Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Earth is surrounded by a giant bubble of space junk—but similar trash rings around other planets might be a clue as we go hunting for technologically advanced life beyond humans. That’s according to a recent paper posted to the physics pre-print site arxiv.org. Its author, Héctor Socas-Navarro, spends most of his time at the Canary […]

Planets Line Up! See Jupiter, Mars, Saturn Together (Mercury and Venus, Too)

Skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere can get an eyeful of planets over the next few days, both before dawn and after sunset (provided the clouds of Winter Storm Quinn don’t ruin the view). Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will line up in the southeastern portion of the early-morning sky through Saturday (March 10), with the moon […]

Are Alien Worlds in TRAPPIST-1 More Habitable Than Thought?

One of the most captivating star systems beyond the solar system is in our galactic backyard. It may be a common red dwarf star, but the exoplanets it possesses are anything but ordinary. In fact, new observations have shown that the alien worlds of TRAPPIST-1 may be very special indeed. Located 40 light-years from Earth, […]