Saturday March 11, 2017

Theory Suggests Radio Bursts beyond Our Galaxy Are Powering Alien Starships

There is a lot of mystery behind fast radio bursts, so it was only a matter of time before someone blamed aliens (again). FRBs are super-hot and inconsistent, so some folks think they are the result of non-natural constructs developed for communicative purposes. More interestingly, they could even be radio waves that drive spaceships fitted with light sails. Refute this; you can't.

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آ…a new theory suggests a technological origin, whereby aliens use these beams to propel their ships through space. Extremely speculative stuff, to be sure, but it’s an idea worth pursuing given just how weird these pulses are. The idea that Fast Radio Bursts are produced by advanced alien civilizations in order to drive spacecraft through interstellar space sounds like something a UFO conspiracy site might cook upآ—but it’s actually the serious suggestion of a new paper published by Avi Loeb and Manasvi Lingam from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Of course, much more evidence is needed before we can attribute this unexplained phenomenon to artificial sources versus a natural astrophysical process.